Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

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EPH1026  - Introduction to Statistical Methods for Data Analysis

Period 6: from 10-6-2024 to 5-7-2024
Coordinator: Jolani, S.
ECTS credits: 6
Language of instruction: English

Publication dates timetable/results in the Student Portal

Deadline publication timetable
The date on which the timetable of this module is available: 17-5-2024

Deadline publication final result
The date on which the final grade of this module is available: 9-7-2024

Resit booking

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Resit date: 18-7-2024

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Course information

Description: EN:
Year one of the new BEPH curriculum concludes with the statistics module, which builds the foundation of statistical methodology and hypothesis testing. The module consists of three themes: (1) Summarizing and describing research data; (2) Testing concept, generalization of results obtained from sample; (3) Introduction to basic statistical techniques. The first theme explores various methods for summarizing and visualizing data collected within a specific research context. Students learn about typology of variables (quantitative vs qualitative), central tendencies and dispersion, and graphical tools like histogram and boxplot. In addition, they study measures of association between two variables such as Pearson correlation, relative risk and odds ratio. An important focal point is the difference between correlation and causation. Theme two of the module is devoted to inferential statistics implying the degree to which conclusions obtained from a sample (of persons) can be generalized to a much larger group (i.e., population). A distinction is made between population, sample and sampling distribution. The latter eventually leads to the concept of confidence intervals for testing. Statements about the population are translated statistically as a null hypothesis and alternative hypothesis and concepts like significant level, p-value, type I and type II errors, and power are discussed in detail. In theme 3, students are introduced to basic statistical techniques for testing a hypothesis, such as the t-test for one sample, two (paired and unpaired) samples, and post-hoc comparisons for more than two samples. Finally, the module ends with simple statistical methods for studying relationships between two variables like the chi-square or linear regression analysis.
Goals: EN:


By the end of the module, students should be able to:

and name basic public health measures of health status E211. Recall

E312. Distinguishes the concepts of correlation and causality

E313. Recognizes scientific evidence establishing correlation and causality of investigated factors with health status



By the end of the module, students should be able to:

I612. Explains basic forms of (qualitative and) quantitative research methods and data collection

I614. Matches and applies basic statistical analyses to research data

I811. Define science, scientific thinking and scientific knowledge

I813. Assess scientific research and publications at a basic level under close supervision

I814. Recall fundamental principles of research ethics and integrity

I1012. Reads selectively in terms of both quantity and quality of reading material



By the end of the module, students should be able (on a basic level) to:

C1211. Presents on public health topics for peers and teachers

C1212. Discuss topics and findings in English (aiming for level B2)

C1312. Demonstrate understanding of feedback from teachers and peers

C1313. Produce limited feedback for peers under supervision



By the end of the module, students should be able to:

P1612. Accept and reflect on feedback from staff and students passively

P1615. Behave in a respectful, professional and reliable manner in tutor groups, practicals and group work.

P1711. Contribute actively and positively in tutor groups and training groups

P1811. Understand, describe and apply the problem-based learning approach

P1813. Positively engages the challenges and opportunities of intercultural diversity within tutorial groups
Key words: EN:
Health, (European) public health, problem based learning, methodology, epidemiology, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, data analysis
Literature: This is the link to Keylinks, our online reference list.  
Teaching methods:
  • Assignment(s)
  • Work in workgroup(s)
  • Lecture(s)
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Skills
  • Training(s)
Assessments methods:
  • Assignment
  • Attendance
  • Written exam

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