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Basic Statistics for Health Researchers (Danish course) - R beginner
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3304-21-00-03 
Enrollment deadline: 15/01/2021
Date and time01.02.2021, at: 10:00 - 29.04.2021, at: 15:00
Regular seats36
Course fee5,520.00 kr.
LecturersSusanne Rosthøj
ECTS credits9.00
Contact personSusanne Kragskov Laupstad    E-mail address: skl@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: fak-phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This is a generic course. This means that the course is reserved for PhD students at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences at UCPH. Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at the Graduate School, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. After the enrolment deadline, available seats will be allocated to the waiting list.

The course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD students at graduate schools in the other Nordic countries. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

After finishing the course, the participants will

1.have a general feeling for the ideas in a statistical model and the type of conclusions that can be drawn from the subsequent statistical analysis

2.be able to understand and interpret the results of basic statistical procedures (t-test, associations in 2x2 tables, linear regression, multiple linear regression, logistic regression, survival analysis)

3.know the assumptions involved in the basic statistical procedures, and why these are not all equally important, depending on the aim of the analysis

4.be able to carry out these basic statistical procedures using one of the mainstream statistical software packages

5.have required tools for detecting gross misfit of the model and make remedies such as transformation of outcome and/or covariates

6.have a thorough understanding of the concepts of confounding and interaction, preferably in the context of their own work

7.know about estimation of association parameters, statistical significance and power, so that they can write the statistical methods and results sections for their own research reports (limited to basic statistical procedures)

8.know when to seek expert help.

The participants are invited to bring their own data to the exercises, since in quiet moments during the practical exercises, there will be a limited access to discuss these in the light of the topics covered in the course.

Topics covered: Basic statistical concepts (probability, distribution, estimation, test of significance). Analysis of quantitative measurements (group comparisons, regression and the general linear model). Sample size determination. Categorical data (association in two-way tables, logistic regression analysis). Survival analysis (Kaplan-Meier, Cox regression). Correlated measurements, longitudinal data.

Use of statistical software
Important note: In this class focus will be on the basic functionalities in R. If you are interested in learning more features in R we suggest choosing the intermediate R class (where e.g. defining own functions, the tidyverse package (data manipulation) and ggplot2 (visualization) will be demonstrated). If you are in doubt about which class to attend you may contact the course leader at sro@sund.ku.dk . For the exercise classes, the participants must bring their own laptops with R installed. Before course start you are expected to become familiar with R. You find our online introduction to R at r.sund.ku.dk. In the introduction we guide you through how to install R, how to load data, data manipulation and simple calculations and plots. Estimated number of hours to complete the introduction: 10 +/- 5 hours depending on your R- and technical skills.

Ph.D.-students. In case of vacant seats also other health researchers. Max. 25 participants.

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

All graduate programmes


10 ´ 3 hr forum lectures and 10 ´ 3 hr class exercises. Please visit https://publicifsv.sund.ku.dk/~sr/BasicStatistics/misc/undervisningsformF2021.html for information on the format of the teaching due to Corona restrictions.
Compulsory home exercise.

Course director
Associate professor Susanne Rosthøj

Associate professors Lene Theil Skovgaard, Susanne Rosthøj plus external teachers.

1, 4, 8, 11, 22, 25 February, 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 March, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 April 2021 (Mondays 10-13, Thursdays 12-15)

Course location

Please register before 15 January 2021.

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrollment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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