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Summer term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Wed 07/25/2012 - Thu 07/26/2012
Class Times:
  • W Th,  8:30am - 5:00pm

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Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judy Holzer
Course Instructor:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Experience in using a statistical analysis package; 140.611-612; enrollment limited to 20 students enrolled in an SPH degree program


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 8 installed.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Create, save and edit STATA datasets, log files and do files
  2. Use STATA to perform exploratory data analysis for continous and dichotomous variables
  3. Use STATA do files to create reproducible analyses
  4. Explain the distinction between and appropriate uses of the binomial, poisson and normal probability models
  5. Use STATA to perform paired and unpaired t-tests for differences in group means
  6. Describe the appropriate use of paired and unpaired t-tests and the interpretation of the resulting Stata output
  7. Use STATA to perform a chi-squared test and compute confidence intervals for differences in group proportions, relative risks and odds ratios
  8. Describe the appropriate use of chi-squared tests and the interpretation of the resulting Stata output
  9. Use STATA to visualize relationships between two continuous measures
  10. 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.

Enrollment Restriction:

Pacific Rim DrPH students only

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Course is restricted to the Pacific Rim DrPH cohort students only

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