course ID: 2.3

Understanding research and biostatistics for public health practitioners and policy makers


A wide variety of examples will be used to illustrate these issues from a range of diseases areas and from low, middle and high income countries. The teaching will be a mix of interactive lectures and group practicals and discussions.


At the end of the course participants will be:

  • To understand, evaluate and interpret results from medical research
  • Understand key statistical principles in the design and analysis of medical research
  • Understand the key study designs
  • Appreciate the importance of study design, analysis and reporting in interpreting results
  • Evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and biases from research studies for effective implementation for public health policy

Tim Clayton


Associate Professor in Medical Statistics, Department of Medical Statistics Clinical Trials Unit London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)