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Undergraduate course

Medical Statistics

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeMEDSTA
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
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Level of Study

Bachelor/integrated master

Teaching semester


Objectives and Content


The course will give an introduction to modern statistical methods in medical research


The course will give the students knowledge about:

Study design, probability theory, descriptive statistics, diagnostic tests, fundamental distributions, important methodical concepts/measures, hypothesis testing, estimation, fundamental test procedures, correlation, logistic regression and survival analysis

Learning Outcomes


After completing the course, the students should be able to explain the concepts

- research design

- probability theory

- descriptive statistics

- diagnostic tests

- fundamental distributions

- estimation and hypothesis testing

- correlation and regression

- logistic regression and survival analysis


After completing the course, the students should be able to

- describe a collection of observations both numerically and graphically

- calculate p-values and confidence intervals and interpret these in simple standard situations

- perform statistical analysis on medical data

General skills

After completing the course, the students should be able to

- critically evaluate the use of statistics in medical literature

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Basic mathematics R2 (Euclidean vectors, algebra, trigonometry, integrals, differential equations, functions) or the equivalent

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The teaching is based on 28 hours of lectures and 8 hours of group work.

Students meet prepared for class. Brief lectures, and work in groups.

Two sets of assignment will be handed out. Students work with assignments in groups, assisted by a colloquium leader.

Forms of Assessment

Mandatory assignment: two written assignment and a MCQ test. All three has individual due date. All three parts have to be passed to pass the course.

If failed written assignments, new assesment will take place in the next teaching semester.

If failed MCQ test, new assesment will take place within the semester

Grading Scale


Contact Information

Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care

E-mail: <email>studie@igs.uib.no</email>

Course coordinator: Øystein A. Haalandwww.uib.no/en/persons/Rolv.Terje.Liewww.uib.no/personer/Miriam.Gjerdevik