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Statistical Methods in Public Health III

3rd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Marie Diener-West

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. 140.622


Introduces the basic concepts and steps associated with multivariable statistical modeling. It integrates methods with performing the steps using data analysis tools through the Stata statistical analysis package or the R software.

Presents use of generalized linear models for quantitative analysis of data encountered in public health and medicine. Specific models include analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, multiple linear regression, logistic regression, and Cox regression.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Recognize the influence of sample size on statistical inferences
  2. Appreciate the importance of relying upon many regression models to capture the relationships among a response and predictor in observational studies
  3. Critique a proposed public health hypothesis to determine its suitability for testing using regression methods and the available data
  4. Formulate and correctly interpret a multivariable linear, logistic or survival regression model to estimate a health effect while minimizing confounding and identifying possible effect modification
  5. Distinguish between the underlying probability distributions for modeling time-to-event data
  6. Employ Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional hazards regression models to describe associations between risk factors and time to event data
  7. Employ life-table methods and Poisson regression models to describe associations between risk factors and grouped survival data
  8. Conduct a survival regression and correctly interpret the regression coefficients and their confidence intervals
  9. Use statistical methods for inference to correctly interpret regression coefficients and their confidence intervals in order to draw valid public health inferences from data
  10. Create and interpret tables of regression results including unadjusted and adjusted estimates of coefficients with confidence intervals from many models
  11. Recognize the key assumptions underlying a multivariable regression model and judge whether departures in a particular application warrant consultation with a statistical expert
  12. Use the statistical analysis packages Stata or R to perform univariate, bivariate and multivariable regression models and to document and archive the steps of the statistical analysis
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Problem sets
  • 10% Quizzes
  • 35% Midterm
  • 35% Final Exam

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for any non-SPH person who is not an undergraduate PH major

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