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Teaching EpidemiologyA guide for teachers in epidemiology, public health and clinical medicine$
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Jørn Olsen, Naomi Greene, Rodolfo Saracci, and Dimitrios Trichopoulos

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685004.001.0001

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Statistics in epidemiology

Statistics in epidemiology

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(p.56) Chapter 4 Statistics in epidemiology
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Teaching Epidemiology
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Per Kragh Andersen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685004.003.0004

Epidemiology deals with the assessment of effects of risk factors on disease outcome in human populations, and statistics has played a prominent role in its development. This chapter provides a guide for the ‘inexperienced’ teacher to teach statistics as a part of a teaching programme in epidemiology. A seven-lesson introductory course in statistics in epidemiology is described. This includes teaching objectives and teaching contents and format. The course should bring the student to a level where s/he understands basic statistical concepts and is able to read epidemiological articles where standard statistical methods are applied. It is emphasized that is crucial to have access to computers with adequate statistical software during the teaching sessions.

Keywords:   basic statistical concepts, risk factors, standard statistical methods, epidemiology, statistical software

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