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Department: Biostatistics
Term: Winter Inst. term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Xiangrong Kong
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

Intended for students with a broad understanding of biostatistical concepts used in public health sciences who seek to develop additional data analysis skills. Emphasizes concepts and illustration of concepts applying a variety of analytic techniques to public health datasets in a computer laboratory using Stata statistical software. In the first workshop (140.613), students learn basic methods of data organization/management and simple methods for data exploration, data editing, and graphical and tabular displays. Additional topics include comparison of means and proportions, simple linear regression and correlation. Enrollment limited: students must have a laptop computer with Stata 11.0 installed.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Use STATA to perform exploratory data analysis for continous and dichotomous variables
use STATA to perform exploratory data analysis for continuous and dichotomous variables
Use STATA do files to create reproducible analyses
Explain the distinction between and appropriate uses of the binomial, poisson and normal probability models
Use STATA to perform paired and unpaired t-tests for differences in group means
Describe the appropriate use of paired and unpaired t-tests and the interpretation of the resulting Stata output
Use STATA to perform a chi-squared test and compute confidence intervals for differences in group proportions, relative risks and odds ratios
Describe the appropriate use of chi-squared tests and the interpretation of the resulting Stata output
Use STATA to visualize relationships between two continuous measures
Use STATA to fit simple linear regression models, and interpret relevant estimates from the results

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on laboratory exercises, an exam, and completion of an independent data analysis project.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Mon 01/07/2013 - Fri 01/11/2013
  • Monday 8:30 - 11:50
  • Tuesday 8:30 - 11:50
  • Wednesday 8:30 - 11:50
  • Thursday 8:30 - 11:50
  • Friday 8:30 - 11:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 45
Enrollment Restriction: Enrollment limited to 20 students enrolled in an SPH degree program
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Instructor consent required for registrants not enrolled in a degree program currently with enrollment in the Winter Institute.

For consent, contact:

Experience in using a statistical analysis package; 140.611-612

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Instructor consent required for registrants not concurrently enrolled in a JHSPH part-time degree program