Course Description

This seminar course provides a non-mathematical review of statistical tests commonly encountered in medical research. Readings and class discussions will focus on understanding and interpreting the results from studies, as well as critiquing observational and experimental studies. The target audiences for this course are clinicians, fellows who are participating in journal club/literature review activities, and researchers who want to strengthen skills in interpreting statistical tests.

Learner Outcomes

  • Describe observational and experimental study designs commonly encountered in biomedical research.
  • Discuss applications, strengths, and limitations of various statistical tests commonly seen in the medical literature.
  • Interpret point estimates in terms of magnitude, precision, and statistical significance.
  • Identify factors that influence sample size and discuss how these factors ultimately influence point estimates.
  • Evaluate and critique a study in terms of appropriate design, application of statistical methods, and interpretation of results.

Textbook Information

Textbook Information:

There is a required textbook for STAT 510 that can be purchased through FAES or on your own. The name of the book is: Intuitive Biostatistics:  A Nonmathematical Guide to Statistical Thinking.  The fee for the book is $ 84.99.  If you would like to purchase the book through FAES, please register for the section (STAT 510-002) that includes the book. Upon receipt of payment and fulfillment of your book order, your book can be picked up at the FAES Bookstore in Building 10 on the main NIH campus.

If you are unable to pick up the book at the FAES bookstore and would like the book mailed to you, please contact FAES at (301) 496-7976 or registrar@faes.org. There is a $10 charge for mailing the book.

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