Introduction to Statistical Computing
in Clinical Research
BIOSTAT 212 Summer 2019 (1 unit)
Application Deadline: July 15, 2019
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 Training in Clinical Research (TICR) Program 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.
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, which is 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 five assignments (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. Late assignments/finals will receive a maximum of half credit.
Students not in full-year TICR Programs who satisfactorily pass all course requirements will, upon request, receive a Certificate of Course Completion.
To apply for this course, please fill out and submit the application below. Please see our fee page for cost information. The deadline for application is July 15, 2019. Only one application needs to be completed for all courses desired during the quarter.