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This is a part-time, modular based programme for health professionals who wish to strengthen their statistical skills and ability to analyse data.

Students will gain the confidence in carrying out the methods that are widely used in medical statistics, and interpreting the results for the practice of evidence-based health care. The flexible modular structure has been devised for busy professionals and to fit with the structure of specialist training. The regulations allow students to take up to four years to complete the MSc.

This is a joint programme between the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and the Department for Continuing Education's Continuing Professional Development Centre. The Programme works in collaboration with the renowned Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford.

This course is designed for doctors, nurses, pharmacists, midwives and other healthcare professionals, seeking to consolidate their understanding and ability in medical statistics. Core modules introduce the students to methods for observational and clinical trials research. Optional modules offer the students skills in growth areas such as systematic review, meta-analysis, and big data epidemiology, or specialist areas such as statistical computing, diagnosis and screening research and others. Teaching is tailored to non-statisticians and delivered by an experienced team of tutors from University of Oxford who bridge the disciplines of medical statistics and evidence-based health care.

This programme guides students through core and optional modules and a dissertation to a qualification in the application of medical statistics to evidence-based health care. Compared to the main EBHC programme, this will suit those with basic statistical understanding who seek training who now seek deeper understanding on a broader base of statistical methods.

Visit the website https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/msc-in-ebhc-medical-statistics

Course aims

The course aims to give healthcare professionals high competence in the concepts, methods, terminology and interpretation of medical statistics; and hence, enhance their ability to carry out their own research and to interpret published evidence.

• Gain competence in execution and interpretation of core statistical techniques used by medical statisticians (outside the context of clinical trials), particularly those used in multivariable analyses: multiple linear regression, logistic regression, and survival modelling; statistical analysis plans and statistical reporting.
• Gain competence in execution and interpretation of core statistical techniques used by medical statisticians in clinical trials.
• Gain competence in execution and interpretation of four other areas, selected by the student from the following options: meta-analysis; systematic review; big data epidemiology; statistical computing; diagnosis and screening; study design and research methods.
• Gain hands-on experience, supervised by a senior member of our medical statistics team, of the analysis or meta-analysis of healthcare data, in order to address a question in evidence-based health care.

Programme details

The MSc in EBHC Medical Statistics is a part-time course.

There are two compulsory modules, four option modules (two from group 1 and two more either from either group 1 or 2) and a dissertation.

Compulsory Modules

• Essential Medical Statistics
• Statistics for Clinical Trials

Optional Modules – 1

• Meta-analysis
• Big Data Epidemiology
• Statistical Computing with R and Stata (online)

Optional Modules – 2

• Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods
• Systematic Reviews
• Evidence-based Diagnosis and Screening

A module is run over an eight-week cycle where the first week is spent working on introductory activities using a Virtual Learning Environment, the second week is spent in Oxford for the face-to-face teaching week, there are then four post-Oxford activities (delivered through the VLE) which are designed to help you write your assignment. You then have a week of personal study and you will be required to submit your assignment electronically the following week.

Online modules are delivered entirely through a Virtual Learning Environment with the first week allocated to introductory activities. There are ten units to work through which are released week-by-week, you then have five weeks of personal study with use of a revision forum and then you will be required to submit your assignment electronically the following week.

Visit the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care – Medical Statistics page on the University of Oxford website for more details!

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