Take your first steps to unlock the power of statistics
This eight week online statistics module is designed for health and social care professionals who want to understand the basics of analysis methods commonly used in medical research, in order to understand published research and to participate in more specialised courses. Students will learn to use and interpret basic statistical methods using SPSS, with reference to cohort studies, case control studies and randomized controlled trials. Online discussion forums enable communication between students and the tutor to provide support and to interpret and understand real-life scenarios.
The last date for receipt of complete applications is 5pm Friday 22nd September 2023. Regrettably, late applications cannot be accepted.
The overall aims of this module are to enable students 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;
- Apply statistical analysis to cohort studies, case control studies and randomized controlled trials.
No previous knowledge of statistics is required to take this module. Students who are already familiar with the majority of the topics listed should consider taking the Essential Medical Statistics module.
For a detailed comparison of these two courses please click here.
This module will cover:
This course is divided into 8 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.