Thursday, 9 August 2012

Designing Valid Statistical Studies

Statistical studies gone wrong:  a famous example is the decline in coronary heart disease among women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT), reported in numerous observational studies.  The effect disappeared in later randomized trials - it was likely due to a third correlated factor (socioeconomic status). 

Learn more about how to design a valid statistical study from the ground up in Dr. David Kleinbaum's and Dr. Mildred Maisonet's online course "Designing Valid Statistical Studies," at For more details please visit at

"Designing Valid Statistical Studies," by Dr. David Kleinbaum and Dr. Mildred Maisonet, emphasizes the underlying concepts and methods for addressing validity and bias issues in statistical research. Topics covered in the course include: overview of validity and bias, selection bias, information bias, and confounding bias.

Who Should Take This Course:
Researchers who need to design, or review the designs of, statistical studies.

Course Program:

Course outline: The course is structured as follows

SESSION 1: Review Types of Studies, Validity

  • Methodologic issues
  • Clinical trial (brief overview)
  • Observational
  • Case-control
  • Cross-sectional
  • Validity vrs. precision
  • Internal vrs. external validity

SESSION 2: Bias and Confounding

  • Selection bias (brief overview)
  • Information bias (brief overview)
  • Confounding

SESSION 3: Controlling Extraneous factors

  • At design stage
  • At analysis stage
  • Randomization
  • Matching

SESSION 4: Matching and Stratification

Dr. David Kleinbaum (Emory University) is internationally known for his textbooks in statistical and epidemiologic methods and as an outstanding teacher.  He is the course designer, and the author of "Epidemiologic Research - Principles and Quantitative Methods", "Survival Analysis- A Self Learning Text," and other texts. 

Dr. Mildred Maisonet, who will lead the class discussions in this session of the course, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and an Epidemiologist at TKC Integrated Services, LLC.  Participants can ask questions and exchange comments with her via a private discussion board throughout the period.

You will be able to ask questions and exchange comments with the Dr. Mildred Maisonet  and Dr. David Kleinbaum via a private discussion board throughout the course.   The courses take place online at in a series of 4 weekly lessons and assignments, and require about 15 hours/week.  Participate at your own convenience; there are no set times when you must be online. You have the flexibility to work a bit every day, if that is your preference, or concentrate your work in just a couple of days.

For Indian participants accepts registration for its courses at special prices in Indian Rupees through its partner, the Center for eLearning and Training (C-eLT), Pune.

For India Registration and pricing, please visit us at

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