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Computer Applications in Epidemiology

HLTH 440


$ 549.00

Instructor: Brianna Michele Magnusson
Credits: 3.00

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Principles Epidemiology (HLTH 345 or equivalent) Principles of Statistics (STAT 121 or equivalent)


Introduction to the basics of SAS and EXCEL focusing on the set of commands useful for data-reporting, data-management, formatting and graphics, and data-analysis. Topics include tables and regression models for epidemiologists (cumulative-incidence, case-control, and incidence rate data).

Course Content:

  1. Getting Started with SAS
  2. Exploring Data Using Data Dictionaries and the PRINT Procedure
  3. Exploring SAS Data Using the Frequency (FREQ), Means, and Univariate Procedures, and How To Save Your Output
  4. Entering Data into SAS Using the DATALINES Procedure; Importing Excel, Access, STATA, and SPSS Files into SAS
  5. Importing SAS Transport Files (.xpt), Text Files (.txt), and ASCII (.dat) Files into SAS
  6. Combining Two Data Sets Using Merging and Concatenation; Reducing Variables in a Data Set through DROP/KEEP Commands
  7. Data Cleaning Rules, an Introduction to IF-THEN Logic Code, and Removing Invalid Responses from Categorical and Continuous Variables
  8. Simple Recoding of Categorical Variables
  9. Alternate Methods for Recoding Categorical Variables (e.g., OR, IN, BETWEEN, and Elimination)
  10. Converting Continuous Variables into Categories and Using Continuous Variables to Perform Calculations
  11. Using Comments to Annotate Your SAS Code, and Applying Labels to Variables and Using Titles to Improve SAS Output
  12. Creating and Applying Formats, Using the ORDER=FORMATTED Option to Customize Output Displays
  13. Combining Two or More Variables Using Conditional Recoding
  14. Conditional Recoding of Check-All-That-Apply Questions
  15. Using a DO Group to Simplify Conditional Recoding
  16. Using Arrays to Recode Multiple Variables and an Introduction to MACRO Variables
  17. Basic Data Analysis for Categorical Variables (Chi-Square, Relative Risk, Odds Ratio)
  18. Stratified and Subpopulation Analysis
  19. Logistic Regression
  20. Brief Introduction to Using Excel and Proc Compare in SAS
  21. Formulas and Equations in Excel
  22. Creating Tables in Excel
  23. Charts and Graphs in Excel

Online Courses:

Course materials are accessed online, and all assignments must be submitted online. Optional course readings may be available but do not include the self-check assignments or graded assignments.

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