Introduction

Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research is the online adaptation of material from the Harvard School of Public Health's classes in epidemiology and biostatistics. Principled investigations to monitor and thus improve the health of individuals are firmly based on a sound understanding of modern quantitative methods. This involves the ability to discover patterns and extract knowledge from health data on a sample of individuals and then to infer, with measured uncertainty, the unobserved population characteristics. This course will address this need by covering the principles of biostatistics and epidemiology used for public health and clinical research. These include outcomes measurement, measures of associations between outcomes and their determinants, study design options, bias and confounding, probability and diagnostic tests, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, power and sample size determinations, life tables and survival methods, regression methods (both, linear and logistic), and sample survey techniques. Students will analyze sample data sets to acquire knowledge of appropriate computer software. By the end of the course the successful student should have attained a sound understanding of these methods and a solid foundation for further study. 

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Meet The Faculty

Fran Cook

Fran Cook

Faculty Director and Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Cook is a Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan School) and at the Harvard Medical School. He is the Deputy-Chairman and former Acting Chair of the Department of Epidemiology with responsibilities for the teaching matters of that department. In the past six years he has taught or directed 40 offerings of nine different courses at the Harvard Chan School. He developed and directs the Summer-Only Master of Science (SM) in Epidemiology and the Summer-Only Master of Public Health (MPH in Clinical Effectiveness) Degree Programs at the Harvard Chan School. He also directs the Concentration in Clinical Effectiveness within the MPH Program, which is the largest of the MPH Concentrations. He is the academic advisor for approximately 190 students at the Harvard Chan School. Dr. Cook is a Co-Director of the seven-week Summer Program in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard Chan School, which each summer trains over 250 clinicians from the Harvard Hospitals and from other national and international sites with the quantitative skills that are needed for clinical research. He also helped develop and is a Co-Director for the Programa de Efectividad Clinica in Buenos Aires. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Center for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders Heath Disparities Research at the University of Hawaii. He has won Citations for Excellence in Teaching from the the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on four occasions, the Alumni Award of Merit from the Harvard Chan School for his teaching and mentoring, the Teaching Award from the Center of Clinical Investigation at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is a member of the Public Health Academy of Distinguished Teachers, a national recognition sponsored by the American Schools and Programs of Public Health and Pfizer.

He is the Deputy-Chairman and former Acting Chair of the Department of Epidemiology with responsibilities for the teaching matters of that department. In the past six years he has taught or directed 40 offerings of nine different courses at the Harvard Chan School. He developed and directs the Summer-Only Master of Science (SM) in Epidemiology and the Summer-Only Master of Public Health (MPH in Clinical Effectiveness) Degree Programs at the Harvard Chan School. He also directs the Concentration in Clinical Effectiveness within the MPH Program, which is the largest of the MPH Concentrations. He is the academic advisor for approximately 190 students at the Harvard Chan School. Dr. Cook is a Co-Director of the seven-week Summer Program in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard Chan School, which each summer trains over 250 clinicians from the Harvard Hospitals and from other national and international sites with the quantitative skills that are needed for clinical research. He also helped develop and is a Co-Director for the Programa de Efectividad Clínica in Buenos Aires. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Center for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders Heath Disparities Research at the University of Hawaii. He has won Citations for Excellence in Teaching from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on four occasions, the Alumni Award of Merit from the Harvard Chan School for his teaching and mentoring, the Teaching Award from the Center of Clinical Investigation at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is a member of the Public Health Academy of Distinguished Teachers, a national recognition sponsored by the American Schools and Programs of Public Health and Pfizer.

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