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Practice of Statistical Consulting

East Baltimore
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  10:30 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Jiangxia Wang

Required 1st-year Biostatistics Master’s courses


Emphasizes the understanding of, and practical experience in, the spectrum of non-technical aspects of statistical consulting, the art and science of applying statistics to real-world problems. Discusses the elements of a consultation, from defining the research problem to providing final products to the client, interpersonal communication, reproducible work, ethics and consulting in different environments. Develops students’ consulting skills via lectures, role-play opportunities, consulting sessions, and actual research projects. Acquaints students with practical consulting experience through shadowing and leading the Biostatistics Center’s clinics on Friday mornings. Provides opportunities to work directly with Johns Hopkins researchers to elicit information about the research question, and to provide a presentation and final report to researchers.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Recognize the spectrum of non-technical aspects of statistical consulting
  2. Utilize different styles of consulting
  3. Perform short statistical consulting sessions
  4. Carry out consultation projects from initial meeting to reporting results with researchers
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Class participation & Friday clinic participation
  • 30% Class assignment
  • 40% Final Project

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for anyone who is not a Biostatistics ScM, PhD, or MHS student

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

Please note: This is the onsite section of a course that is also offered virtually. Students will need to commit to the modality for which they register. We need a classroom that allows for small group exercises.