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Modern Concepts and Analytic Methods for Observational Studies

A comprehensive introduction to key concepts for observational (non-randomised) studies in clinical and public health research. The vast majority of these studies ask “causal” questions, for example about the effect of treatments, policies, behaviours and other exposures on health outcomes. The course provides an introduction to causal inference and a guide to using regression and other methods to address causal questions, with an emphasis on analysis planning to strengthen the quality of conclusions we draw from data.  

Dates:

  • First course 12-15 May 2020
  • Second course 20-23 October 2020

Time: 9.00am - 1.00pm 
 
Venue: The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation
Level 2, 48 Flemington Road
RCHF MR - 5 FRC General Space
Parkville VIC 3052
(Directions: Access the lifts from 48 Flemington Rd, where the Larwill Studio hotel is located)


Duration: Four half day sessions
 
Fees:

Internal applicants $230.00 **Fee applies to staff and students from MCRI. RCH and DOPs only.
External full time students $560 
External applicants $835.00

Course details:

The vast majority of observational studies in clinical and public health research ask “causal” questions, for example about the effect of treatments, policies, behaviours and other exposures on health outcomes. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to key causal inference concepts, with an emphasis on analysis planning to strengthen the quality of conclusions we draw from data. We provide an introduction to regression methods, which are widely accessible and often used for causal analysis (adjustment for confounding), with an emphasis on the underlying assumptions, interpretation and potential limitations. 


Topics covered in this course include:
•    What is causal inference
•    Definition of causal effects and determining when they can be estimated
•    Effect modification and generalisability of findings
•    Biases: confounding bias, selection bias, measurement error bias
•    Causal diagrams, i.e. directed acyclic graphs (DAGs)
•    Analysis planning for causal inference
•    Review measures of causal effect (mean difference, risk difference, risk ratio, etc)
•    Basic concepts of regression
•    Regression as a method for estimating causal effects
•    Overview of different types of regression (linear, logistic, log-binomial, Poisson, Cox)
•    Interpretation and reporting of regression results
•    Interaction terms in regression
•    Brief introduction to causal inference methods beyond regression, and to non-causal applications of regression

Materials supplied: A full set of course notes will be made available in electronic format 

Refreshments: morning tea provided.   

Payment and registration
Please note:
in general this is a two-step process, you must arrange payment & then register on Trybooking

Payment via eProcurement (for internal MCRI staff only):

1)    Payment must be made via eProcurement. Staff must not make credit card payment and seek reimbursement from an MCRI cost centre as this is not permitted.
Access eProcurement here or from the MCRI intranet homepage. Log in and click on CEBU courses and add to the shopping cart the CEBU course/s you wish to enrol in. Proceed to checkout and submit the requisition. Once your Cost Centre manager approves it, CEBU will email you with the promotional code to register for the course.
 2)    Registration: Use the code obtained at Step 1 to register for the course on the Trybooking site 
Note: your place in the course is not confirmed until you have registered via Trybooking.

Payment by invoice (for RCH employees and approved external organisations):

1) Email cebu.admin@mcri.edu.au, providing full details of your name, organisation name and the name and email address of the person responsible for payment.  Include the course name and date (many of our courses are run multiple times) and the cost of the course.
2) CEBU will issue the invoice and then provide you with a code so you can register for the course on the Trybooking site.
3) Registration: Use the code obtained at Step 2 to register for the course on the Trybooking site 
Note: your place in the course is not confirmed until you have registered via Trybooking.

Payment by credit card: Proceed directly to Trybooking and follow the prompts to make payment.and register for the course.

Please note there is a Trybooking fee of 50 cents per registration which will be applied when you register online.

Register for Modern Concepts and Analytic Methods for Observational Studies  I HERE.

Cancellation of registration:  You can apply for a refund or request to change the course session to a different date, pending availability, within 7 calendar days prior to the course start date. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations or non-attendance after this time. 

Enquiries:

Fiona Snashall or Julie Perkins
Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics Unit (CEBU)
Murdoch Children's Research Institute
The Royal Children's Hospital
Flemington Road
PARKVILLE  VIC  3052
T: 9345 6368 (Fiona Snashall or Julie Perkins)
E:cebu.admin@mcri.edu.au