2005/06 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
MATH2770 Medical Statistics
10 creditsClass Size: 200
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2005/06
Pre-requisitesMATH 1740, or equivalent.
This module is approved as an Elective
ObjectivesTo provide an introduction to statistical methods of specific interest in medical applications. On completion of this module, students should be able to: (a) carry out appropriate nonparametric tests; (b) describe various types of clinical trials; (c) understand different sampling methods; (d) carry out parametric and nonparametric survival analysis.
New drugs and other treatments frequently appear on the market. However, before this stage, much research is carried out on a drug?s effectiveness; this may often be measured in relation to other existing treatments. Issues involved include how to collect reliable data which is truly representative - without treating humans as guinea pigs. In medical trials (for example, heart transplant students) the success of the outcome may only be measurable some time later, so an analysis of the survival times can be carried out. Topics covered include: 1. Design of medical studies. Double-blind randomized clinical trials; cross-over designs; cross-sectional, cohort and case-control studies; bias, confounding; observation studies. 2. Nonparametric tests. Mann-Whitney; Wilcoxon; Kolmogorov-Smirnov. 3. Sampling. Data collection, ethical considerations, introduction of bias; simple, stratified and cluster sampling. 4. Epidemiology. Rates of disease; incidence and prevalence; risk and odds. 5. Survival analysis. Parametric models; Kaplan-Meier estimator.
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for informationHours: Lectures 22; Practicals 3; Examples classes 7.
Methods of assessment
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information2 hour written examination (80% ), coursework ( 20% ).
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 13/05/2005
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