Aims/Description: The module addresses two areas of statistical thinking and methodology, both important for medical applications. The first is the Bayesian approach to inference and decision-making, in which uncertainty in our knowledge is described by probabilities and combined optimally with observational information. The module introduces both the fundamental concepts of Bayesian inference and practical computational methods for implementation. The second part introduces a variety of clinical trial designs found in both commercial companies and in technology evaluation. The range is from laboratory early Phase trials, through pharmaceutical trials to evaluation of health technology, including evaluation of the economic component of trials.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work, Project/ portfolio

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