Spring 2023 - HSCI 410 D100

Exploratory Data Analysis (3)

Class Number: 5646

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 9011, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 22, 2023
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    RCB 8100, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    STAT 302 or STAT 305, with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: HSCI 230.



Regression and data analysis techniques for health research. Practical approaches to linear and logistic regression, multivariable modelling, interaction, variable selection, confounding, and measures of association. Computer-based laboratory exercises using statistical software applied to health datasets.


A single three hour lecture in the computer lab with hands on data analysis. Each week there will be three hours of instruction in lecture format with regular class discussion.

You must bring a computer to class (e.g. laptop) to run RStudio and analyze health datasets.  SFU is not supplying computers for students to use.  Alternatively, you may run RStudio and code through a web browser (https://rstudio.cloud/) on your tablet computer or smartphone, although this may lead to a less rewarding experience with computer programming. 


At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the basic concepts in linear and logistic regression modelling
  • Describe and apply modelling concepts from epidemiology including interaction, confounding and summary measures of effect, and what variables to put in your model.
  • Describe common applications of regression in the health sciences
  • Be able to interpret and critically assess reports in the literature and media
  • Apply statistical software for linear and logistic regression models.


  • Term paper 50%
  • Midterm exam 20%
  • Final exam 20%
  • Participation 10%



Required Textbook:

Principles of Biostatistics, Marcello Pagano and Kimberlee Gauvreau, 2nd Ed. A copy of the textbook is on reserve that the SFU library. The textbook is required and examinations are open book.


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Registrar Notes:


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