Introduction to Stata

Course dates

Due to demand, this two-day course will be run three times:

  • 12-13 October 2016.
  • 17-18 January 2017. 
  • 4-5 April 2017. 

Course duration: 2 days (approximately 14 hours teaching, consisting of practical sessions and short tutorials).
Registration will start at 9.00am, the course will finish by 4.00pm on the final day with an optional session running until 4.45pm.

Course tutors

Dr Becky Mars (course organiser), Amy Davies, Tim Morris, Sean Harrison, Dr Maria Magnus, Dr Hannah Jones and Dr Alison Teyhan.

Course aims and objectives

To provide a basic introduction to the statistical software package Stata 14, focusing on its use for data management and data exploration.

Who the course is intended for

The course is intended for anyone who will use Stata regularly in their day to day work as a data management tool and/or for performing statistical analyses.

Previous experience with handling data is therefore required, as is a familiarity with Microsoft Windows. No previous knowledge of Stata or of statistical analyses is necessary. Students will gain the familiarity with Stata that is a pre-requisite for several other courses in the short course programme.

Course outline

By the end of the course students will be able to use Stata 14 to:

  • Find help about a given topic or command
  • Explore a dataset in a number of ways
  • Add labels to a dataset to make it self-documenting
  • Recode variables and derive new variables from existing ones
  • Reorganize and simplify a dataset and deal with missing values
  • Input data from a variety of sources
  • Combine two or more datasets
  • Produce summary statistics, tables and graphs
  • Keep a record of their work and ensure it is reproducible
  • And optionally deal with dates.

Please note: students will be given a brief introduction to some simple statistical commands; the focus of the course is not on the use of Stata for analytical purposes. Practical sessions of this course will be held in a computer lab, so you will not need to bring a laptop


Please note bookings for this course have now closed.

We are currently compiling our 2017/18 course programme. Bookings will open at the beginning of October 2017. Please check back nearer the time for more details.

I was very impressed with how smoothly the course was run and the phenomenal knowledge of the tutors.  None of the tutors were phased by any of the questions and it was great to have that additional support in the room.

Course feedback, January 2017

Course fees


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Course venue

School of Social and Community Medicine
Canynge Hall
39 Whatley Road
United Kingdom

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Lunch and refreshments

Coffee, tea, fruit and biscuits will be available to all students. A light lunch is provided for all paying participants. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.


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