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HASC415 Regression Methods: Health Science Applications

The use of regression methods (e.g. linear, logistic, and Poisson regression) for answering scientific questions in the health sciences. Topics include fitting/interpreting regression models and scientific issues in their application (e.g. outcome parameterisation, model selection, missing data).

This paper builds on the materials of HASC413, and introduces advanced regression methods for health-related research. Topics include multiple regression for continuous and discrete response variables, model building and diagnostics, control for confounding and interaction.

Paper title Regression Methods: Health Science Applications
Paper code HASC415
Subject Health Sciences
EFTS 0.125
Points 15 points
Teaching period Second Semester (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,444.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,337.00

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HASC 413
PUBH 726, STAT 241, STAT 341
Limited to
MHealSc, PGDipHealSc, PGDipSci, MSc
The prerequisite may be waived for students with an equivalent level of knowledge.

Suitable for students from any disciplines who are interested in learning advanced regression methods.


Administrator: Amara Boyd

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Robin Turner, Dr Jiaxu Zeng

Paper Structure
  1. Simple linear regression
  2. Multiple regression
  3. Effect modification and interactions
  4. Model building: variable selection
  5. Model diagnostics and robust standard error
  6. Logistic regression
  7. Poisson and negative binomial models
  8. Overdispersion
  9. Introduction to other types of regression methods
  10. Missing data

E. Vittinghoff, D.V. Glidden, S.C. Shiboski, C.E. McCulloch. Regression methods in biostatistics linear, logistic, survival, and repeated measures models. Springer-Verlag, New York (2005).

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students are expected to carry out appropriate regression analyses to answer health research questions and gain skills in modelling fitting, model selection and interpretation of results.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 11:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41