Basic epidemiological designs as a framework for commonly used biostatistical techniques such as the Mantel-Haenszel, chi-squared, linear and logistic regression, and survival analysis. Computer packages will be available for computation of assignments.
Either (a) all of HCEP 400, HCEP 502 or (b) all of SPPH 400, SPPH 502 or (c) all of SPPH 567, SPPH 502.
Term Offered and Syllabus
Term 2: Traditional (Section 002 – generally intended for Master’s students)
Term 2: Traditional (Section 007 – generally intended for PhD students)
Term 2: Blended Learning (Section BL2 – blended learning section)
The following information is provided to help you choose the section that would
be most suitable for you.
How are the sections the same?:
1 – All sections assume only an introductory stats course (e.g. SPPH 400) as
2 – Completion of any section satisfies your program requirements.
3 – All sections cover the basic complement of regression models (linear, logistic,
How are the sections different?:
1 – Sections 002 and BL2 spend more time on how to conduct analyses using
statistical software. You will be instructed on how to use ‘R’ to fit different
2 – Section 007 spends more time on concepts and principles. While ‘R’ will be
used in class to illustrate analyses, students will not be expected to learn or
use ‘R’. Instead, more time will be spent on topics such as: How are variable
selection principles different for causal vs predictive models? How do you obtain
estimates for different risk measures (e.g., causal risk difference vs population
attributable risk vs exposure effect in the exposed) from a fitted regression model?
How do you account for non-simple random sampling?
Which section is better for me?:
1 – Students who want to learn how to fit regression models and have limited
experience using statistical software may find Sections 002 or BL2 more valuable.
2 – Students who have had some previous experience fitting regression models
using statistical software or who are more interested in how to critique
statistical methodology used in research papers may find Section 007 more valuable.
3 – The materials in the two sections are sufficiently different that some students
in the past have found value in attending both sections (in the same or different
years), though unfortunately the system restricts you to receiving credit for one
section only (you have register using ‘Audit’ status the second time).
Both instructors (Mike: email@example.com, Hubert: firstname.lastname@example.org) are happy
to chat with you to provide additional info to help you decide, if needed.