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Factor Analysis and Structural Equation Modelling: An introduction using Stata and Mplus

This course will not run in 2015.

Dates for 2014: 19 - 21 February 2014

Course Outline

Most courses on factor analysis and structural equation modelling concentrate on the use of traditional factor analytic models with interval level data and neglect the latest developments within the Generalised Latent Variable Modelling framework. The course will discuss the current state of the art with respect to factor analysis and structural equation modelling, while retaining a practical focus. Participants will acquire awareness of the new available methods and gain competence in applying and combining these in simple settings.

Who Should Attend

Participants are expected to be applied statisticians, social scientists and epidemiologists with an interest in factor analysis and structural equation modelling. Familiarity with regression models would be an advantage.

Course Content

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Understand measurement principles such as reliability and precision
  • Perform Exploratory Factor Analysis and Confirmatory Factor Analysis with a mixture of binary/ordinal/interval data.
  • Estimate and interpret path analytic and structural models
  • Estimate and interpret growth curve and latent class models
  • Develop awareness of the common threads across these methods
  • Gain practical experience in using these methods using Mplus and Stata

Teaching Methods and Course Materials

All teaching is carried out at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine nearby and consists of a combination of formal lectures and computer practicals. Comprehensive course notes will be given to participants at the start of the course.

Methods of Assessment

Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance. There is no formal assessment.

Course Fee for 2014

Fees for 2014 are £800.  The course fee covers participation in the course, course materials and incidental tea and coffee, but does not cover travel costs, accommodation and meals. 

Accommodation & Meals

Unfortunately, we are not able to arrange travel and accommodation for course participants. However, a list of local hotels and student accommodation is available from Registry.

Lunch can be purchased from the School refectory. Evening meals are not catered for at the School, but there is a large choice of restaurants and coffee shops nearby.

How to apply

We are no longer accepting applications for this course.

Please note:

  • If you have been offered a place on the course you will not be able to register without bringing formal ID (Passport) and having obtained the correct visa.
  • It is essential that you read the current visa requirements for short course students. To view these please click here.
  • The School may cancel courses two weeks before the first day of the course if numbers prove insufficient.  In those circumstances, course fees will be refunded.
  • The School cannot accept responsibility for accommodation, travel and other losses incurred as a result of the course being cancelled.
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