HSC8036 : Health Statistics

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
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.

Outline Of Syllabus

This is an introduction to statistical concepts, and their use and relevance in health sciences. The emphasis will be on when to use particular techniques, and how to interpret the results. Students will learn how to apply many of the techniques, and computer practical sessions will reinforce concepts and give practice in carrying out and interpreting statistical analyses. Topics covered are graphical and numerical data summary; the Normal, and Chi-squared 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 and EPI INFO commands to perform analyses.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture251:0025:00Including formative activities and mock examination feedback session
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical111:0011:00interactive activities around teaching
Guided Independent StudySkills practice181:0018:00Classroom based activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops51:005:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work301:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study571:0057:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures and linked computer-based practical sessions 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 Examination751A35N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M6510% Team design of a study and 90% individual 3000 word report
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.

There are formative activities in the form of exercises (with outline answers) available for each lecture, and a session discussing students’ attempts at past exam questions

Reading Lists