Course: Clinical Research Methodology and Biostatistics


A 2-day course, 6 hrs. (9 am-12 pm MDT)

Start Date: January 16th, 2021

End Date: January 17th, 2021

Delivery: Online-Zoom platform

Registration deadline: December 4th, 2020

**Registration is now closed**


This course is designed to meet the basic research needs of professionals in health care fields. This intensive course covers essential topics in medical statistical concepts. Each topic will be introduced with examples from published clinical research papers, and all assignments will expose the learner to hands-on data analysis using real-life datasets.

In addition to Stata, and SPSS which are commonly being used among health professionals, open-source, easy-to-use software will be used (i.e., R). Each participant can select the software they are more comfortable using at the time of registration.


Who should attend the course: The course is relevant to all health care professionals or anyone in the health care field who needs to understand, use or carry out health care research studies including:

  • Physicians

  • Clinicians

  • Public health professionals

  • Researchers

  • Students in biostatistics and epidemiology

  • Medical students

  • Master and PhD students in thesis-based degree programs



Day 1 (1.5 hrs. lecture, and 1.5 hr. practical sessions)- Basic Statistical and Epidemiological Concepts
Introduction to basic statistical concepts, such as descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, how to read data into statistical software and how to use easy R/SPSS/Stata interface. In addition, basic epidemiological concepts such as study designs will be covered.


Day 2 (2 hrs. lecture, and 1 hr. practical sessions)- The role of evidence-based medicine and health economics in public health

Participants will learn how to use evidence-based medicine to provide quality health care to individuals and populations. In addition, the basic principles of economics to health care will be covered. Material covered is of an introductory and intermediate level and provides some references and foundation for more advanced techniques.



This course will take place online via Zoom and uses the Stata, SPSS, or R software based on each Lerner’s preference. Notes and data files will be provided. Participants may use their own data to practice on.

Please ensure you have a reliable internet connection to participate in the online classes and have at least one software (SPSS, Stata, or R) installed on your computer.

Prior to the start of classes, you will be sent a welcome email with information on how to login and get started.


Course fee for health professionals: $481.31 CAD (15% discount applied) 

Course fee for students: $268.81 CAD (15% discount applied) 

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