HSH216 - Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2
|Contact hours:||1 x 1 hour lecture, 1 x 1 hour tutorial, 1 x 1 hour computer practical per week.|
Note:Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.
In this introductory unit on biostatistics, students will explore the philosophical basis of statistical thought, examine fundamental statistical concepts and methods and explore their application in a variety of health settings. The delivery of the Unit is designed to facilitate the syntheses of the basic components of learning through class practicums, statistical computing labs and the critical appraisal of the biostatistical aspects of public health publications. The main topic areas covered will include: descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, comparison of means, non-parametric methods, inference on proportions, contingency tables, correlation and basic regression concepts.
AssessmentAssignment 1 50%, assignment 2 50%
Prescribed textsStatistics for Social and Health Research. George Argyrous. Sage publications 2000
Statistics at Square One, Ninth Edition, 2004.T D V Swinscow. Revised by M J Campbell, University of Southampton. BMJ
Trisha Greenhalgh. (1997) How to read a paper: Statistics for the non-statistician. I: Different types of data need different statistical tests. BMJ; 315:364-366 (9 August) http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/315/7104/364
Trisha Greenhalgh (1997) How to read a paper: Statistics for the non-statistician. II: "Significant" relations and their pitfalls. BMJ; 315:422-425 (16 August)