502 FETP: Bio-statistics
Objectives:
To enable the student to appreciate the role of statistical methods in epidemiology and develop the knowledge and skill in
statistical methods to:
Analyse the data in accordance with the objectives of the study/program
appreciate the problem of sampling variation and the role of statistical methods in quantifying this by setting
confidence intervals and testing hypotheses;
select and use appropriate statistical methods for the analysis of small to medium sized datasets;
correctly interpret and report the results of such analyses, and
present data analysis results effectively, by making appropriate displays, summaries and tabulations of the data;
critically review and interpret the statistical aspects of medical and scientific publications.

Course Outline:
Concepts and uses of Biostatistics
Measures of Central tendency and dispersion
Normal Distribution curve
Presentation of data
Sampling techniques and sample size
Generating and using random number tables/lists
Point estimates and confidence intervals
Methods for hypothesis testing in the analysis of epidemiological data including standard errors and confidence intervals,
t-test, chi square test and other commonly used non-parametric tests
Mantel Haenszel Chi square test
Basics of Regression modeling
Interpretation of data analysis

Teaching Strategy:
Teaching will consist of a series of interactive theory sessions covering the topic being presented. The theory lectures will
be strengthened by practical sessions in which students will be working in small groups to practice the concepts presented in
theory lectures.

Course Assessment:
Assessment will be based on following allocation:
Class assignments: 40% (80 marks)
Attendance: 10% (20 marks)
Ist term examination Paper IV (Biostatistics): 50% (100 marks)
It will also contribute significantly to papers in final comprehensive examination.
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Preventive Medicine Department, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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