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A34C10 Cancer Statistics and Epidemiology
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Core module for MSc Oncology and MSc Cancer Immunology and Biotechnology students.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module will give students a basic understanding of the principles underlying the design and analysis of epidemiological studies and clinical trials. Topics will include: study design, bias and confounding, sampling variation, summarising and presenting data, measures of effect, hypothesis testing (t-test, chi-squared test), survival and longitudinal data, meta-analysis, non-parametric methods, correlation, introduction to multivariate regression analysis, screening, sample size and power.

Method and Frequency of Class:
Specific Activities are not listed
Further Activity Details:
One two-hour lecture per week (18 hours).

Method of Assessment: 

Assignment 30 Analyse dataset using SPSS and write a report of 1500-2000 words (5 tables/graphs) 
Inclass Exam 1 (Written) 70 MCQs and short essay questions - 1 hour 30 mins 

Dr I Spendlove
Dr A Venn

Education Aims:  To give students a basic understanding of cancer epidemiology and key epidemiological concepts, including prevalence and incidence, study design, and how causes can be established. To give a basic understanding of statistical principles underlying the design and analysis of clinical trials, studies of aetiology and prognosis, and the evaluation of screening tests.

Learning Outcomes:  By the end of this module, students will be able to:

Explain basic epidemiological concepts

Choose the most appropriate design for a research study and describe the main features, strengths and limitations of each design

For the basic statistical methods used in epidemiology research, carry out the appropriate analysis in SPSS and interpret the resulting output

Explain the basic concepts of other methodologies used in epidemiology and clinical research, including screening and meta-analysis

Offering School:  Medicine

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