Introduction to Biostatistics with SPSS

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Overview: This eight-lecture course and its companion computer lab sessions will cover the basic principles of biostatistics as well introduce you to using SPSS. Topics will include:

  • Data Summaries
  • Graphical Methods
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Comparing Means
  • Comparing proportions
  • Nonparametric tests
  • Managing your data
  • Statistical analysis with SPSS

Target Audience: Junior faculty, fellows, nurse investigators, study coordinators and others who desire further knowledge of introductory biostatistics.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize data and present results in graphical and tabular forms
  • Calculate and interpret confidence intervals
  • Compare means between two or more groups using t-test and ANOVA
  • Interpret p-values
  • Perform non-parametric tests
  • Estimate and compare proportions
  • Choose the appropriate statistical test
  • Evaluate and interpret the performance of a screening or diagnostic test
  • Create and import datasets in SPSS
  • Perform data cleaning and create new variables in SPSS
  • Use SPSS to perform the statistical methods presented during lecture


Course Details

Lectures by Kush Kapur, PhD 

When: Day TBD; weeks of September 15 - November 4

Location: Folkman Auditorium


SPSS Labs (Optional)  by Carly Milliren, MPH

When: TBD

Location: Training Room 8, 1 Autumn St. Basement


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