Field Epidemiology Training Program
Preventive Medicine Department, Ministry of Health, Riyadh,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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
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.
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-
Mantel Haenszel Chi square test
Basics of Regression modeling
Interpretation of data analysis
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.
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.