Medical Statistics II for Non-statisticians

Course Code: RCBMSTAT2

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Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow
6 Credits


Many statistical analyses in medical research involve the investigation of relationships between health measures and/or other patient characteristics. In simple situations these associations can be assessed using basic statistical techniques. These methods become inadequate once we attempt to assess more complex situations, in which the influence of one variable may be affected by the influences of others.

Regression techniques are a basic tool of medical statisticians, providing greater insight into the associations between variables, and allowing the analysis of more complex situations. A general framework of methods exists for the analysis of continuous, binary and other variables, and many statistical software tools can be used to apply these techniques.

For those with a grasp of basic statistical ideas, an understanding of regression methods opens up a spectrum of analyses that they can apply to their own data and appreciate in scientific papers.

Learning objectives

Participants will gain a basic understanding of the main concepts of regression analysis, through a series of lectures and practical sessions.

Topics covered will include:

  • Simple Normal linear regression
  • Multiple regression
  • Logistic regression
  • Regression models for survival data
Course fee
Standard Rate: £200
Concession Rate: £150 (HEI/NHS Staff/Students)
Course Duration: 1 day
Next Course Date: TBD

Course Programme

Speaker Details

All teaching staff on the course are appropriately qualified. The course is co-ordinated and taught principally by Caroline Haig (details below).

Dr Caroline Haig, Biostatistician                                                                                                                                       Caroline has worked in medical statistics, including a Masters & PhD, since 2005 and has extensive experience of teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has been teaching the course since 2012.

Dr Alex McConnachie, Assistant Director of Biostatistics
Alex has worked in medical statistics including a Masters & PhD, since 1996 and has been teaching the course since 2006.

In the case of illness or unavailability of the usual speakers, there are suitable backup speakers within the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics who are both suitably statistically qualified, and experienced in teaching clinical personnel.