Within public health, there is a need for researchers, practitioners and policy makers to understand and interpret statistical findings from research. This topic is intended to meet the needs of those researchers wishing to gain knowledge of quantitative methods used in Public Health research. It is also designed to assist in meeting the core competencies for the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) for clinicians wishing to become Public Health Physicians. The focus of the topic is very applied and not mathematical.
This topic aims to give students an introduction to the discipline, an appreciation of a biostatistical perspective on information arising from the health arena and basic critical appraisal skills to assess the quality of research evidence. The topic introduces basic statistical concepts of data presentation, probability distributions, p values and confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression. Public health examples are used for demonstration. Students will practice preparing and interpreting data for published research.