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Medical Statistics

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

Bachelor/integrated master

Teaching semester

Spring

Objectives and Content

Aim:

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

Contents:

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

Knowledge

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

- research design

- probability theory

- descriptive statistics

- diagnostic tests

- fundamental distributions

- important methodical concepts/measures

- estimation and hypothesis testing

- correlation and regression

- logistic regression and survival analysis

Skills

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 exercises and a MCQ test

Grading Scale

Pass/fail

Contact

Contact Information

Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care

E-mail: studie@igs.uib.no

Course coordinator: Rolv Terje Lie  and Miriam Gjerdevik 

Exam information