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Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2002

This is an intermediate to advanced five day course for participants who have already completed an introductory course in epidemiology (e.g., the epidemiology course for the DPH).

The course will be of interest to all those who use epidemiological methods in their work, including PhD students, researchers, public health professionals and researchers in other disciplines to which epidemiology is relevant.

Professor Neil Pearce (Centre for Public Health Research, Massey Wellington)
Professor Michael Hills (London)

Programme includes (may be subject to change):

  • Epidemiology as a population science
  • Data and models
  • Study design options
  • Measuring effects
  • Cohort studies I & II
  • Time specific rates
  • Case-control studies
  • Analysis of case-control studies
  • Cross-sectional studies
  • Logistic regression
  • Confounding
  • Controlling for confounding
  • Geographical and temporal variation
  • P-values and coverage probability
  • Effect modification
  • Testing hypotheses


  • Study design
  • Study design issues
  • Choice of controls in a case-control study
  • Geographical and temporal variation


  • Introduction to Strata
  • Rates and rate ratios in a follow-up study
  • Time
  • Logistic regression
  • Controlling for confounding
  • Testing hypotheses

18 February - 22 February 2002


9am - 5pm Monday to Friday


Epidemiology and Biostatistics will take place at Massey University's Wellington campus: Wallace Street, Mt Cook, Wellington.
Exact location to be confirmed.


$900 (Includes five days tuition, 2 x text books, opening function, conference dinner (beverages not included) and daily morning and afternoon teas)

Please note: A $100 discount will be available if participants bring their own laptop computers. You may be asked to share computers, one between two.


Minimum: 20 participants
Maximum: 40 participants


The course will be based on the texts:
Pearce N. Epidemiology for beginners (in preparation)
Clayton D, Hills M. Statistical methods in epidemiology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.
Both text books are included as part of the course.