Introduction to Statistics

Course dates

21-25 November 2016.

Course duration: 5 days (approximately 30 hours teaching).
Registration will start at 9.15am on the first day, the course will finish by 3.30pm on the final day.

Course tutors

Rosie Cornish (course organiser) and others.

Course aims and objectives

The aim of the course is to introduce the basic statistical concepts and methods commonly used in medical and public health research.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • appreciate the role of statistical methods in epidemiology and public health;
  • develop skills in presenting quantitative data using appropriate displays, tabulations and summaries;
  • appreciate the nature of sampling variation and the role of statistical methods in quantifying variation, setting confidence limits, and testing hypotheses;
  • select and use appropriate statistical methods in the analysis of simple datasets;
  • understand and interpret output from statistical analyses;
  • present findings based on statistical analysis in a clear, concise and understandable manner.

Who the course is intended for

This course is intended for students who require a basic knowledge of the common statistical methods used in medical research. Previous computing experience is not required. The computer practical session on the last day will use Stata, so a basic knowledge, as provided by the Introduction to Stata course, would be advantageous but is not necessary.

Course outline

Topics to be covered include:

  • defining and displaying data;
  • sampling variation and confidence intervals;
  • comparison of two means;
  • comparison of two proportions;
  • linear regression and correlation;
  • sample size calculations.

Please note: Practical sessions of this course will be held in a computer lab, so you will not need to bring a laptop.

Recommended reading

Course handouts will cover all material. For those planning to attend other departmental statistics courses we would recommend a copy of: Kirkwood BR, Sterne JAC, Essential Medical Statistics, 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science 2003, but it is not compulsory for this course.


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.

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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