Module Catalogue

HSC8036 : Health Statistics

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Denise Howel
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To explain the relevance of statistical ideas and techniques to health sciences.
To introduce the requirements, advantages and disadvantages of the techniques covered in the module, and hence identify an appropriate statistical technique for a situation.
Enable students to interpret the results of statistical analyses reported in the literature and carry out and interpret simple statistical analyses using appropriate software.

This is an introduction to statistical concepts, and their use and relevance in health sciences. The main areas covered are descriptive statistics; probability concepts; hypothesis testing and confidence interval estimation; and interpreting and appraising the statistical content of research papers. A variety of techniques will be introduced within these areas, with the emphasis on when to use them, and how to interpret the results. Students will learn how to apply many of the techniques, and computer practical sessions (using MINITAB) will reinforce concepts and give practice in carrying out and interpreting statistical analyses.

Outline Of Syllabus

Graphical and numerical data summary; the Normal, Binomial and Poisson distributions; combining probabilities; confidence Intervals and hypothesis tests for comparing means and proportions; transformations and non-parametric tests; simple correlation and linear regression; confounding and effect modification; ANOVA and multiple comparisons; survival analysis; simple linear and logistic regression; sample size calculations; MINITAB commands to perform analyses.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion211:0021:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading211:0021:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice211:0021:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work211:0021:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study401:0040:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures and linked computer-based practicals and group work develop knowledge and module-specific skills. Module and key skills are developed through the course work and project used as part of the assessment.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination752A35N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M653000 word
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and understanding are assessed by the written examination. The project tests data analysis and presentation skills in addition to knowledge and understanding.

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