Graduate Diploma in Statistics in the Health Sciences
IntroductionOne area in which methodological needs are most evident is the field of Health Sciences, since a knowledge of design, statistics and computer tools are essential in supporting research and in producing research projects and publications in high-impact journals.
This type of knowledge needs to be made available within graduate studies as this is when the graduates in this ambit, particularly those working in public health, are in a position to have hypotheses and data for evaluation and verification, and therefore their motivation and general environment is optimum for assimilating the concepts of statistics and design that are difficult traditionally for undergraduates.
Our group, and the UAB, are pioneers within Spain as regards teaching such material.
We began in 1977 with a distance course in Biostatistics that was complemented with two attendance-based phases and a final exam on-site at the university campus.
These studies were gradually consolidated in the field of public health within Spain. In this period, supplementary courses were added in advanced statistics, computer tools and statistical packages, these latter being taught in-class in the old Mathematical Psychology Laboratory, which is now the Applied Statistics and Modelling Laboratory.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science Statistics was approved in the 1993/94 academic year. This allowed students—depending on their needs—to choose individual courses from within the programme or else to register for the Diploma in its entirety, consisting of obligatory and optional modules.
The Master’s Degree in Research Methodology in Health Sciences was authorised in the 1999/2000 academic year; this has been offered up to the present. It allows students—again, depending on their interests—to choose individual courses from within the programme to take take the full Diploma and, once this has been obtained, to continue their study until obtaining the master’s degree. The master’s degree programme saw the incorporation of Professor Miguel Delgado, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, a leading Spanish expert in design within in the health sector.
Our master’s degree and the continuous training programme in Research Methodology in Health Sciences (which combines distance learning with a certain degree of attendance-based participation), is now a point of reference with Spain, as evidenced by its considerable history and by the great number of students who have enrolled.
The motivation of most students who are currently enrolled is to obtain solid methodological training in order to join an applied-research team and/or in order to write a doctoral thesis.
ObjectivesThe central objective of this programme is to give and/or update methodological professional training for people working in the field of health in the areas of statistics, computing, design, communication and publication of scientific studies.
The different courses covering the area of statistics and study design, together with the computer applications for searching for scientific information, data capture, statistical analysis and presentation of results, the dissemination process using techniques for writing articles and scientific publications and knowledge of the mechanisms of administrative management related to research, have a common objective: to acquire competence in research methodology for the design, analysis and discussion of scientific studies in Health Sciences and learn to do so rigorously so that they can be published in the most prestigious journals in each specialised area.
- Graduates in Medicine and Surgery, Pharmacy, Veterinary and Psychology, working in the Public Health sector.
Essentially, it allows accreditation of methodological competence in order to applied research centres and groups within the health sphere.
Second, these skills are highly valued by the pharmaceutical industry and other companies within the healthcare sector.
Conchi Serrano Bermúdez
UAB Graduate Diploma
Location: A distància i al laboratori d'Estadística Aplicada, Facultat de Psicologia, Edifici B
Dates: from 30/10/2018 to 30/06/2019
Departamento de Psicobiología y Metodología de las Ciencias de la Salud
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