Spring 2019 - STAT 854 G100

Biometrics: Methods in Biomedical Studies (4)

Class Number: 3459

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 5006, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    STAT 450 or permission of the instructor.



Principles, methods and applications of basic statistical approaches in biomedical studies are presented. Topics include introduction to epidemiology; design of cohort and case-control studies; experimental versus observational data, and cross-sectional versus longitudinal studies; issues of confounding, causation and missing data; design of clinical trials; data monitoring and interim analysis.


Course Outline:

  1. History of epidemiology, and commonly-used concepts and terminology in biomedical studies
  2. Measures of disease occurrence and association. 
  3. Design of medical studies: cohort and case-control studies; controlled clinical experiments. 
  4. Models and analysis in prospective and retrospective studies. 
  5. Confounding, causal diagrams, and missing data.  
  6. Clinical trial design principles: bias control, random error control, randomization, blocking, masking 
  7. Types of clinical trials: phases of trial, translational, dose-finding, cross-over, safety and efficacy, and comparative trials. 
  8. Study monitoring: sequential methods.  


  • Assignments 40%
  • Projects 50%
  • Class Participation 10%


All grading is subject to change.



Epidemiologic Methods: Studying the Occurrence of Illness, 2nd ed. Authors: Noel S. Weiss and Thomas D. Koepsell. Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195314465

Clinical Trials: A Methodologic Perspective, Second Edition. Author: Steven Piantadosi. Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9780471727811

Fundamentals of Clinical Trials, 5th ed. Authors: L.M. Friedman, C.D. Furberg, D. DeMets, D.M. Reboussin, C.B. Granger. Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319185385

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