• Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) form the basis for evidence-based medicine and healthcare. Their use has radically transformed patient care. Many thousands of RCTs are completed each year and their results change clinical practice and inform clinical guidelines. Although the principles of a RCT are relatively straightforward, it is important that they are designed and conducted to the highest standard so we can rely on their results. In this course the core methods are explained and you will be exposed to different RCT designs to enable you to critically appraise published RCTs and to design your own.

  • Overview:

    Health policy, clinical and public health practice should be informed by the available evidence. Systematic reviews or evidence syntheses are comprehensive, rigorous and critical summaries of the available research evidence on a specific topic. Relevant studies are systematically identified, their data extracted and synthesized in narrative form and, where appropriate, statistically or thematically pooled, taking care to minimize error and bias. This module provides students with appropriate knowledge and training required for finding, interpreting and conducting systematic reviews

  • Overview:

    It expands on the basic introduction to statistical methods provided in the Introduction to Health Statistics module. This module aims to develop knowledge and skills for processing and statistical analysis of health research data using different statistical soft wares. The students are expected to develop an understanding of selecting and applying appropriate statistical methods for different research designs and of critically appraising the evidence and translating.

  • Learning Outcomes

    This module aims to develop an understanding of basic concepts in epidemiology and health statistics.Students will learn about data sources, study design and their associated strengths and weaknesses; be able to calculate and interpret basic epidemiological and demographic measures; and to critically appraise the relevant literature. Students will gain knowledge and skills for processing and statistical analysis of health research data and the use of research generated evidence in medical practice and decision-making. The students are expected to develop an understanding of selecting and applying appropriate statistical methods for different research designs and of critically appraising the evidence and translating.

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