Introduction to Statistical Computing
in Clinical Research
BIOSTAT 212 Summer 2014 (1 unit)
Application Deadline: June 16, 2014
Performing clinical research in the current era requires the use of computers and a high level of competency in the use of database, spreadsheet, and statistical software programs. This course is designed to introduce you to these programs, prepare you for subsequent courses in the clinical research curriculum, and, in particular, teach you the skills you will need to start exploring your own clinical research data using statistical software.
The specific objectives are to provide students with an introduction to:
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 online computer lab/office hours sessions. The online version also features the same access to course faculty for discussion and questions as the in-person version.
More detail about online instruction in the TICR Program is available.
A Visual Guide to Stata Graphics by Michael N Mitchell. Stata Press, 2012. Useful reference for creating figures.
An Introduction to Stata for Health Researchers by Svend Juul & Morten Frydenberg. Stata Press, 2010. Nice overview and instruction on many basic topics.
Principles of Biostatistics by Pagano & Gauvreau. Second edition. Duxbury Press, 2000.
Books may be purchased either through the publisher or a variety of commercial venues (e.g., Amazon.com).
Grades will be based on the Computer Lab assignments and the Final Project. Lab assignments will be due by the start of lecture the following week. The Final Project, a Table and Figure created from your own data, will count for about half of the total points possible for the course.
Students must hand in all six labs (even if late), must complete a satisfactory Final Project, and must receive at least 80% of the total number of points assigned during the quarter to receive a Satisfactory (if taking Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) or B (if taking for a letter grade) in the course.
Students who satisfactorily pass all course requirements will receive a Certificate of Course Completion.
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 email@example.com. 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 textbooks, any software, or any local costs associated with accessing a high-speed internet connection.