UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Introduction to Poisson Regression

This one-day course introduces regression methods that are appropriate to analyse count or rate data. Poisson regression is used to determine associations between a count/rate outcome and a number of predictor variables. More flexible extensions of the poisson regression, quasi poisson and negative binomial regressions, are also introduced and explained.

More dates to be announced for the academic year 2018-19.


Course Outline

When dealing with a count or rate outcome variable, basic linear regression is inappropriate as it will lead to invalid predictions. Poisson regression is an extension of the ideas used in linear regression that allows counts or rates to be validly modelled against chosen predictor variables. 

This course explores how poisson regression models are formulated, interpreted and checked using worked examples. The course also details how poisson regression can be extended when the strict assumptions are not met (introducing quasi poisson and negative binomial models). 

Please note that this course does not involve hands-on use of a statistical package, results will be given in the notes and care has been taken to ensure they are comprehensible regardless of which statistical package delegates are used to. The course assumes a basic understanding of statistical concepts such as p-values and confidence intervals.


UCL Institute of Child Health, London

All CASC courses take place in central London, in or close to the Institute of Child Health. Specific details of the course venue will be supplied after registration.


Course Fees

The course will run for the first time on 24th October 2017. On this date only. we offer a 50% discount on our usual fees. Our usual fees are:

External Delegates (Non-UCL) £150.00
UCL Staff, Students, Alumni £75.00 *
Staff and Doctoral Students from ICH/GOSH FREE †

* Valid UCL email address and/or UCL alumni number required upon registration. Please note, this category does not include hospital staff unless you hold an official contract with the university.

† Limited free spaces available. If there are no free places remaining, Staff and Doctoral Students from ICH/GOSH can still register at the UCL rate.

Prices include printed course materials, refreshments (and lunch for non-ICH/GOSH participants 12.45pm - 1.45pm)


Finally, please note that no refunds will be given for non-attendance or cancellations made within 5 working days of the start of the course. For delegates attending courses on funded places, a £50 fee will be charged for late cancellation, non-attendance or partial-attendance. This fee is needed to cover printing, catering, etc. costs that are ordered no later than 5 days before the course and are based on the number of people registered at that point in time. 

Future dates

More dates to be announced for the academic year 2018-19.


"I thought this course was excellent and the speaker was fantastic."

"I got a great deal from the day because I had previously studied logistic regression on my own - the course helped consolidate my understanding. The lecturer showed much enthusiasm for the topic and had a very friendly personality. I was a teacher and lecturer myself for 33 years and could have learnt much from her presentation skills! The course was excellent value for money"

"The course was appropriately structured. Teaching quality was superb. I am very much looking forward to attending further sessions here."

"The course is well designed. The pace is pitched at the right level. The tutor was excellent. Her style of interactive teaching was very effective. Her lectures were very clear. She was engaging and was able to explain some of the difficult concepts in a simplified manner."