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Introduction to basic biostatistics for health research (Monday 3 February, 2014) to be deleted

Introduction to basic biostatistics for health research is a combination of classroom-based material, covering some of the basic concepts of biostatistics, and an integrated practical introduction to basic statistical procedures using the freeware Epi Info software package.

Topics covered  

  • A brief introduction to the role of statistics in research
  • Basic statistics: means, medians, standard deviations, proportions, and rates
  • Making inferences from a sample
  • Sample variability and confidence intervals
  • Basic methods for numerical outcomes: the t-test; calculating correlations
  • Basic methods for categorical outcomes: the chi-squared test
  • Basic methods for count data: rates and relative risk
  • Practical sessions: basic biostatistics using Epi Info

Style of Course

  • Computer lab - hands-on course combining theory, discussion and practical exercises. Course attendance is limited to 16 participants.

Who should attend?  

The course is aimed at anyone who would like to better understand the basics of biostatistics. There is no need to have experience with either biostatistics or any software package – the material is aimed at people who have never studied (or used) statistics before, or those who have done so in the past, but would like a compact refresher course.

Draft timetable

9amData types; summary statistics; & the Normal distribution
10:30amMorning tea
11amConfidence intervals and hypothesis tests
12:30pmLunch break
1:30pmMethods for categorical outcome data
3pmAfternoon tea
3:30pmOdds ratios and relative risks

Teaching staff  


  • Dr James Stanley is a Senior Research Fellow and consulting biostatistician at the University of Otago, Wellington, and has taught biostatistics and the use of Epi Info to postgraduate students since 2008.

Tak-Ikeda dept of public health

  • Dr Tak Ikeda is a Research Fellow and consulting biostatistician at the University of Otago, Wellington, and has been using R (and S-Plus) in biostatistics and ecological science for nearly 10 years.

Course cost  

public health summer school registernow

$300 early bird, $400 after 20 December 2013.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.

For further information contact:
James Stanley, email: