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Biostatistical Methods for Clinical Research I
BIOSTAT 200 Fall 2018 (3 units)


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:

I. Elaine Allen, PhD
Phone: 415-514-8148
email: isabel.allen@ucsf.edu

Teaching Assistants:

Shokoufeh Dianat, DO
email: shokoufeh.dianat@ucsf.edu

Ilya Golovaty, MD
email: ilya.golovaty@ucsf.edu

Scott Lu, MD
email: scott.lu@ucsf.edu

Patrick Yuan
email: patrick.yuan@ucsf.edu

Rae Wannier, MPH
email: rae.wannier@ucsf.edu


1. Lectures: Tuesdays: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Sept. 18 through Dec. 4. 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.

2. Computer Labs: Thursdays: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Begin Sept. 20.

3. In-Person Office Hours: Tuesdays: 12:30 to 1:30 PM. Begin Sept. 18.

4. Online Office Hours: Wednesdays 8:00 to 9:30 AM. Begin Sept. 19.

All course materials and handouts will be posted on the course's online syllabus.


An Introduction to Medical Statistics by M.Bland. Oxford University Press Publisher. 4th edition. 2015.

Stata Statistical Software (Stata Corporation, College Station, TX); version 13 or later is acceptable. 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.

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, upon request, receive a Certificate of Course Completion.

UCSF Graduate Division Policy on Disabilities


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.

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