Field Epidemiology Training Program
Preventive Medicine Department, Ministry of Health, Riyadh,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
502 FETP: Bio-statistics
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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.
Diploma in Field Epidemiology (DFE) Course Layout
501 FETP: Principles of Epidemiology 502 FETP: Bio-statistics 503 FETP: Epidemiologic Application of Microcomputers 504 FETP: Infectious Disease Epidemiology 505 FETP: Chronic Disease Epidemiology 506 FETP: Scientific Writing and Report Preparation 507 FETP: Public Health Programs 508 FETP: Seminars in Epidemiology I 509 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy II 510 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy III
Diploma in Field Epidemiology (DFE) Course Unit
511 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy IV 512 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy V 513 FETP: Epidimiology Practice I 514 FETP: Epidimiology Practice II 515 FETP: Epidimiology Practice III 516 FETP: Epidimiology Practice IV 517 FETP: Epidimiology Practice V 518 FETP: Outbreak Investigations I 519 FETP: Outbreak Investigations II 520 FETP: Outbreak Investigations III
521 FETP: Outbreak Investigations IV 522 FETP: Surveillance Systems I 523 FETP: Surveillance Systems II 524 FETP: Surveillance Systems III 525 FETP: Surveillance Systems IV 526 FETP: Long Term Project 527 FETP: Scientific Presentations II 528 FETP: Scientific Presentations I 529 FETP: Training Activities I 530 FETP: Training Activities II