Statistical Concepts for Non-Statisticians

Upcoming Courses

Course #: SSTB1016
October 17-18, 2016
Metro Meeting Centers - Boston
Boston, MA

Course #: SSTF1216
December 6-7, 2016
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
San Francisco, CA
Take advantage of our $1,595.00 price by registering early!
* After November 4, costs are $1,795.00.

Course Description 

Designed for non-statisticians, this basic statistical concepts workshop has direct applicability to clinical research. The choice of statistical method, the application of statistical principles, and the interpretation of statistical results are the foundation of the design and analysis of clinical trials. It is therefore critical that statistical methods are fully understood before they are implemented. This course is beneficial to all clinical research professionals involved in the design, monitoring, interpretation, and reporting of clinical trials. Please note that this is not a course on statistical formulas or computations. 

Learning Objectives  

  • Ascertain what information the statistician needs to determine the sample size 
  • Choose the appropriate sample statistical designs for a study 
  • Employ statistical terms used in clinical research 
  • Define the role of the statistician in the study design 
  • Become comfortable talking with statisticians 

Who Should Attend 

  • Monitors who will assist in designing and evaluating studies 
  • Clinical Research Associates who will be communicating with statisticians 
  • Clinical Project Leaders who will be redesigning and evaluating studies 
  • Regulatory Professionals who utilize statistical concepts in their reports  
  • Medical Writers who must interpret statistical reports 


Elkan Halpern, Ph.D. 

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Course Outline 

Day One: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

  • Elements in Choice of Statistical Method Descriptive Statistics: Distributions; mean, median, mode, standard deviation 
  • Methods for Preserving Objectivity: Blinding; randomization; consequences of violations 
  • Inference, Generalizing to a Population: Standard error; confidence interval; estimation and prediction 
  • Study Design: Uncontrolled studies; parallel groups; crossover designs (patient as own control); block designs 

Day Two: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

  • Hypothesis Testing: Creating hypothesis from objectives; level of significance, p-values; one-sided versus two-sided; types of errors 
  • Power and Sample Size: Accuracy of estimates; confidence intervals; testing (effect size and variability) 
  • Choice of Statistical Method 
  • Specialized Topics 
  • Interpreting the Statistical Report 

There will be a 15 minute morning break, 1 hour lunch break, and 15 minute afternoon break on each training day. 

Interactive Activities
  • Drawing Random Samples 
  • Constructing Confidence Interval 
  • Creating and Testing with Real Data Individual and Group Hypotheses 

Registration Fees 

Registration fees include assorted breakfast items that will be available each day ½ hour prior to the start of the seminar. Also included is a Networking Lunch that will be served each training day. 

Special rates are available for multiple attendees from the same organization.  Contact Melissa Dolen at 781-972-5418 to discuss your options and take advantage of the savings. 

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Accreditation Information 

ACPE LogoBarnett International is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  Participants will receive 15 hours (1.5 CEUs) of continuing education credit for full participation, including the completion of a pre-test, post-test and program evaluation.  Barnett International will issue a receipt of completion for earned CEUs within three weeks of program completion.  ACPE# 0778-0000-15-052-L01-P. Released 10/15. 

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For more information, contact Naila Ganatra at (215) 413-2471.