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Biostatistical Methods for Clinical Research I
BIOSTAT 200 Fall 2014 (3 units)

An online version of this course will be available to a limited number of distance learners outside of the San Francisco Bay Area on a first come, first served basis. Please note that the online computer lab will be held TBA (Pacific Time in the U.S.).


This course is an introduction to the study of biostatistics. We cover types of data, their summarization, exploration and explanation. Also, we look at concepts of probability and their role in explaining uncertainty. We end with coverage of inference applied to means, proportions, regression coefficients and contingency tables. Throughout the course, the software program STATA will be used.


Designing Clinical Research (EPI 202) and Introduction to Statistical Computing (BIOSTAT 212). Exceptions may be made with the consent of the Course Director, space permitting.


Course Director:

Judith Hahn, PhD, MA
Phone: 415-597-4961
email: judy.hahn@ucsf.edu

Computer Lab Instructors:

Gabriel Brooks, MD
email: gabriel.brooks@ucsf.edu


Vasantha Jotwani, MD
email: Vasantha.Jotwani@ucsf.edu

Elaine Ku, MD
email: elaine.ku@ucsf.edu


Annie Narla, MD
email: annie.narla@ucsf.edu

  Aaron Spicer, MD
email: spicera@peds.ucsf.edu


Both an in-person and online version of the course are offered. The online version will feature the exact materials as the in-person version, with content being delivered through online recordings of the weekly lectures as well as online web conferencing for small group laboratory discussion sections. The online version also features the same access to course faculty for discussion and questions as the in-person version. A variety of guidelines and tips have been developed to enhance the online experience.

  • Lectures: Tuesdays: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM, Sept. 16 through Dec. 2. Lecture recordings will be available online later in the day. To determine if you have sufficient bandwith to view online lectures, please visit our demonstration site.

  • Computer Labs:
    A. In-person computer labs: Thursdays: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM. Begin Sept. 18.
    B. Online computer labs: TBA (Pacific Time). Begin: TBA. A high-speed internet connection is required.

  • Office Hours: Tuesdays: 12:30-1:30 PM Begin Sept. 16.


Principles of Biostatistics by M. Pagano and K. Gauvreau. Duxbury. 2nd edition.

Stata Statistical Software (Stata Corporation, College Station, TX) version 13 will also be used. A six-month student license for Stata/IC is the least expensive option that will be suitable to complete all course assignments. The TICR Program has arranged for a sizeable discount for UCSF-affiliated personnel.

Getting Started with Stata (GSS)- This manual comes with your purchase of STATA if you get the Base Stata Documentation Set.

A Visual Guide to Stata Graphics by Michael N Mitchell. Stata Press, 2012. Useful reference for creating figures.

Books may be purchased either through the publisher or a variety of commercial venues (e.g., Amazon.com).


Grades in the course will be assigned as follows: homework 70%; and final examination 30%.

Students not in full-year TICR Programs who satisfactorily pass all course requirements will receive a Certificate of Course Completion.


This course is open to a limited number of individuals outside of the ATCR and Master's programs. Preference is given to UCSF-affiliated personnel. We regret that auditing is not permitted. To apply for this course, please fill out and submit the application below. Cost and submission information are in the application.

For scholars applying for the online version: Scholarships may be available, upon justification, to scholars residing in countries with low income or lower middle income economies as defined by the World Bank. If you believe you are eligible for a scholarship, please send a justification of less than one page to Olivia DeLeon at olivia@epi.ucsf.edu. In the justification, include the country in which you reside, your current income, and your access, if any, to educational funds from local institutions. Please also send your curriculum vitae (CV). Note that the scholarship does not include cost of textbook, any software, or any local costs associated with accessing a high-speed internet connection.

Application (Word doc, 20KB)