Epidemiology, Statistics and Research Methods
This short course provides an introduction to the basic concepts in statistics and the main epidemiological methods used to identify and quantify disease and associated risks. Statistical subjects will include: types of data and data presentation, descriptive statistics, basic probability, distribution theory including the normal distribution and its properties, sampling theory, principles and techniques, inferential statistics, analysis of categorical and continuous data, non-parametric tests, correlation and regression, and survival analysis. You will be introduced to descriptive epidemiology, measures and comparisons of disease frequency, ecological studies, cross-sectional studies, prevalence studies, case-control studies, principles of screening, study design and questionnaires and qualitative research methods.
By the end of this short course, you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the main techniques used to investigate the epidemiology of the important causes of death and ill health
2. Identify, interpret and discuss appropriate epidemiological study designs to address population health questions
3. Interpret and discuss the importance of epidemiological and statistical information that they have collected themselves, or has been presented by others
Two block weeks of teaching
Monday 2nd October - Friday 6th October 2023 and Monday 16th October - 20th October 2023.