Statistics and Computing (EPIDGS032)

AIMS

The main aim is to introduce the basic statistical methods used in epidemiological and public health research. Students will also learn to make practical use of a statistical computer package STATA.

OBJECTIVES

By the end of this Module students should be able to:

1. describe the role of statistical methods in epidemiological and public health research;

2. present results effectively by making appropriate displays, summaries, and tables of data;

3. understand the problem of sampling variation, and the role of statistical methods in quantifying this;

4. select an appropriate statistical method for the analysis of simple data sets;

5. correctly interpret the results of statistical analyses reported in the health literature;

6. perform simple statistical analyses using STATA, and

7. interpret their findings from statistical analyses and present these findings in a clear, concise, and logical manner.

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