Statistical methodology for the design and analysis of epidemiological studies is a fast-changing field.
Participants will be given a thorough grounding both in classical methods of analysis and in the more advanced regression techniques, and will gain practical experience of data analysis using the computer package Stata. Various aspects of study design will also be considered.
Who should attend?
Applicants should have a good command of English and a working knowledge of basic epidemiology and statistics, equivalent to a familiarity with the contents of introductory textbooks such as:
- "Epidemiology in Medicine" by C H Hennekens and J E Buring (Little Brown & Company, 1987)
- "Essential Medical Statistics" by B Kirkwood & J Sterne (2nd Edition, Blackwell Science Ltd, 2003)
The course is taught in Stata and we require students to have experience of statistical analysis using Stata (for example, linear regression). The course is designed primarily for those working, or planning to work, on epidemiological research projects.
The emphasis of this course will be on developing an understanding of the underlying assumptions and principles, on the practical application of the techniques and on the correct interpretation of the results, rather than on the mathematical derivation of the methods. The methods will be illustrated through studies of the epidemiology of both infectious and non-infectious diseases, conducted in both developed and in developing countries.
This hybrid short course may be studied online or in-person for two weeks. Participants should expect to spend approximately 5-6 hours a day on the course. Of these, 1-2 hours will be recorded lectures, 30 minutes will be a live Q&A with the lecturer, and 2 hours will be a computer practical with tutor support, to be taken at the same time for all participants (usually 1-3pm BST).
The course will be taught by members of the Faculty of Epidemiology & Population Health of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The School is well known as a leading international centre for epidemiological research. Staff have considerable experience in the design and analysis of epidemiological studies in high, middle and low-income settings
The fee for 2022 is £2,000 and includes a Certificate of Attendance.
The course makes use of the Stata package throughout. The topics to be covered will include:
- Measures of disease frequency and exposure effects
- Confounding and interaction
- Classical methods of analysis for cohort studies
- Classical methods of analysis for case-control studies
- Unconditional logistic regression
- Poisson regression for cohort studies
- Survival analysis and proportional hazards regression
- Practical issues in study design and analysis
- Conditional logistic regression for case-control studies
- Clustering of data in epidemiological studies
- Strategies of analysis
Comprehensive course notes will be given to participants at the beginning of the course. The following books will also be available for purchase during the course, if in print:
"Statistical Models in Epidemiology" by D Clayton & M Hills
"Survival Analysis: A Practical Approach" by D. Machin, Y. B. Cheung, M. Parmar
"Essential Medical Statistics" by B Kirkwood & J Sterne
" Statistical Methods in Cancer Research" by N E Breslow & N E Day
Volume 1: Analysis of case-control studies
Volume 2: The design and analysis of cohort studies
There is no formal assessment but at the conclusion of the course, a Certificate of Attendance will be provided. Approximately 45 participants will be accepted.
"Excellent course, well-structured and paced, teachers were clearly enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. A great balance of theory and practical. Would highly recommend."
"Overall the audience for this course was known to a tee. It’s like you guys are psychic and know more or less exactly our knowledge base and what we need to know in addition. Strong focus on practical skills excellent."
"The course was well structured and I really enjoyed the good balance between lecture and practical’s. The material provided was fabulous. "
"The teaching has been really excellent along with the course notes and materials which are extremely clear."
"Best course I have been on by a country mile. Such an impressive, stellar, collection of lecturers!"
"Good, broad coverage of epidemiological analysis topics and issues. Good quality of speakers."
"Enthusiastic teachers who were able to explain difficult concepts very clearly. Every lecturer really understood the whole course and where the class were up to; the faculty didn't assume too much understanding yet avoided unnecessary duplication."
"The tutors have been excellent, very good at answering questions and ensuring everyone could keep up. Something I really struggle with is speaking up when I'm confused/have a question but the tutors created a friendly environment in which I felt comfortable doing so. I think the practical’s were very helpful, especially working in randomised breakout rooms."
"I found the course to be VERY helpful and enjoyable. All of the faculty I met were patient, willing to help, and clearly experts of their domain. For a first time remote, I feel it was quite an exceptional execution."
"Overall I think this was an excellent course and the online format worked well. I found having the lectures recorded was much better as with some of the trickier concepts I could rewind and watch again, and could also watch at a time of day that I was better able to concentrate/free from distractions. The opportunity to ask questions before and after the practical’s was also good, in order to consolidate each of the topics. The way in which each concept was taught and then built on was really helpful and made it easier to understand the more complex methods and then practicing them in the practical’s made sure we had actually understood. All the tutors were very knowledgeable, friendly and answered questions clearly and thoroughly. Overall a really great course."
The student is responsible for obtaining any visa or other permissions to attend the course, and is encouraged to start the application process as early as possible as obtaining a visa for the UK can sometimes take a long time. The Short Courses team can provide supporting documentation if requested.
A list of hotels located in the vicinity of LSHTM, along with further resources for short term accommodation, can be found on our accommodation pages.
- If you have been offered a place on the course you will not be able to register without bringing formal ID (Passport) and without having obtained the correct visa if required.
- It is essential that you read the current visa requirements for short course students.
- LSHTM may cancel courses two weeks before the first day of the course if numbers prove insufficient. In those circumstances, course fees will be refunded.
- LSHTM cannot accept responsibility for accommodation, travel and other losses incurred as a result of the course being cancelled.