Introduction to Statistics for Health Care Research
|Types||Online and Distance Learning|
|Dates||Mon 20 Jan to Fri 28 Mar 2014|
|Application status||Applications being accepted|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0) 1865 286941.|
This online statistics course is designed for busy health and social care professionals who need to understand the basics of health statistics without becoming statisticians. Students can study at the time of day and week that is best for them. Online discussion forums enable students to communicate with each other and with the tutor to analyse and understand real-life scenarios.
The course promotes an online learning community to support and motivate students during the 10-weeks.
"This research looks really useful for my patients. But can I trust the results of the study?"
"I do read the research papers in my field but I tend to skip the statistics."
"I need to get more experience for my exams - but I can't take time off work to attend a statistics course."
If this sounds familiar, then this course is for you.
The last date for receipt of complete applications is Friday 3rd January 2013. Regrettably, late applications cannot be accepted.
Who is it for?
The course is aimed at those working in health and social care who have either studied mathematics to AS level or obtained equivalent work based exposure to mathematics.
To take full benefit of the course you should be able to commit 10 hours per week for 10 weeks. Please be aware that participation in the online discussions is a requirement for successful completion of the course.
This module will cover:
This course is divided into 10 units. Each unit covers a different aspect of statistics and statistical modelling.
Individual units are built around practical exercises and realistic case studies that will enable students to apply statistical knowledge in a health context.
Weekly study for each unit is self-paced using online resources. Movement through the units is structured week by week to enable students to complete sections at the same time as the rest of their course group.
Individual activities can involve reading of related text book chapters and articles, working through problems or analysing example datasets. The group activities will mainly involve online discussions of important issues in statistics so that students can put the application of statistics into an everyday context. Discussions occur weekly, but are "asynchronous" due to possible local time differences between the student's locations.
- The use and importance of statistics
- Handling and describing data, learning to use SPSS
- Analysis of numerical results
- Confidence intervals
- Comparison of two means
- Hypothesis testing
- Analysis of variance
- Linear regression and correlation
- Analysing binary outcomes
- Comparing two proportions
Dr Susan Mallett
Role: Module Coordinator
Sue Mallett Senior Departmental Statistician
On completion of the course students should:
- be able to understand and manipulate basic mathematical and statistical techniques as preparation for more specialized courses in health care
- understand the statistical issues in the planning and analysis of research
- understand the basic statistical aspects of published research
- Each unit includes a data analysis exercise to consolidate understanding
- The assessment consists of statistical problems in health research designed to give insight into real statistical problems in healthcare and to test ability to apply and understand correct statistical analysis.
Recommended readingThe core textbook for Statistics for Health Researchers is either:
•Altman, D. G., 1991 Practical Statistics for Medical Research, London, Chapman & Hall.
•Kirkwood, B. R. and Sterne, J. A. C., 2003 (2nd edn) Essential Medical Statistics. Oxford, Blackwell Publishing.
The calculators used will be the Casio fx-83MS or Casio fx-85MS.
Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our financial assistance page.
- Programme Fee
- Students enrolled on MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care: £1575.00
- Students enrolled on Postgraduate Cert in Health Research: £1575.00
- Students enrolled on Postgraduate Dip in Health Research: £1575.00
- Short course in health sciences: £1890.00
Apply for this course
To apply for the course you should:
- be a graduate or have successfully completed a professional training course
- have at least two years' professional work experience in the health service or a health-related field
- identify a work based problem for which you will be seeking evidence
- be able to combine intensive classroom learning with the application of the principles and practices of evidence-based health care within the work place
- have a good working knowledge of email, internet, word processing and Windows applications (for communications with course members, course team and administration)
- show evidence of the ability to commit time to study and an employer's commitment to make time available to study, complete course work and attend course and university events and modules.
You can apply for this course in the following ways:
- Apply by post, email or fax
- Download a PDF application form .