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Biomedical Statistics

Semester 1

This course provides a starting point for medical physicists to statistics. It is designed to inform and stimulate more thought and investigation for determining the most appropriate statistical methods to use, and the theory and assumptions behind them. A core function of the medical physicist is research. As researchers, medical physicists work in a variety of areas relating to the application of physics to healthcare. Research areas include: Radiation applied to medicine, Physiological measurement, Medical applications of computers, and Developing imaging equipment and technologies. Medical statistics can contribute to good research by improving the design of studies as well as suggesting the optimum analysis of the results.

  • Types of data and presentation.
  • Frequency distribution and summary measures.
  • Statistical investigations.
  • Sampling distributions.
  • Hypothesis testing.
  • Analysis of variance.
  • Curve fitting.
  • Regression and correlation.
  • Methods based on rank order.
  • R introduction and usage.
  • Coursework: 40%
    • One In-course test (2 hours) 40%
  • Final Exam 50%
    • One three-hour written paper 50%
Learning Objectives: 

On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Apply basic biostatistics models and methods
2. Apply statistical distributions, hypothesis testing, correlations, predictive analysis and the significance tests of the results
3. Critique statistics presented in relation to results in published clinical research
4. Apply the appropriate statistical techniques to the different areas of medical physics
5. Critique the validity of conclusions and limitations of a study

Course Code: 
2 Credits
Level 1
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