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HEAAC04 Basic Biostatistics 5 op
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Master's Degree Programme in Health Sciences
Public Health
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Corresponding course units in the curriculum
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Curricula 2012 – 2015
HEAAC04 Basic biostatistics 5 ECTS


Strategic themes: Responsible conduct of research

General description

The course covers descriptive statistics and basics of statistical inference.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the students are familiar with descriptive statistics, measures of association and the basic principles of statistical inference. They are familiar with and have used the SPSS statistical software to analyze real datasets.


- Structure of data matrix, types of variables
- Descriptive statistics: frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and variation
- Measures of association: correlation, crosstabulation, group means/medians
- Introduction to statistical inference: testing and confidence intervals
- Ideas of sample size calculations
- Use of SPSS statistical program

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work  5 ECTS
In English
Further information 

List of modes of study:

* Participation in classroom work

* Exercise(s)

* Assignment

Participation in classroom work AND Exercise(s) AND Assignment



Study materials

Altman D.G. Practical statistics for medical research. Chapman & Hall.

Moore D:  Statistics : concepts and controversies

Moore D, McCabe G: Introduction to the practise of statistics

Further information

Minimum number of students for the course to be organized: 8.
The quota for Open University students each Academic Year is 3.

Belongs to following study modules

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