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Biostatistics: Concepts and applications

Unit Code: MPH5302

Duration: 6 weeks

Contact Hours: 20-24 hours of study per week

Credit Points: 6


Biostatistics is the science of describing, summarising and analysing health-related data. ‘Biostatistics: concepts and applications’ introduces you to biostatistics as applied to public health and management studies. You will acquire the technical knowledge to analyse and interpret data on a descriptive and bivariate level, covering topics that include: classification of health data; summarizing data using simple statistical methods and graphical presentation; sampling distributions, quantifying uncertainty in results from a sample; statistical distributions; comparing two/more groups/methods using confidence intervals and hypothesis tests (p-values); assessing the association between an outcome and an exposure using the chi-squared test; risk comparisons (RR & OR); prediction of an event or identifying risk factors for an event of interest where the event is measured on a continuous scale or a binary scale (yes/no); sample size calculations.