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About the Course

Welcome to Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis in Public Health! This course will teach you the core building blocks of statistical analysis - types of variables, common distributions, hypothesis testing - but, more than that, it will enable you to take a data set you've never seen before, describe its keys features, get to know its strengths and quirks, run some vital basic analyses and then formulate and test hypotheses based on means and proportions. You'll then have a solid grounding to move on to more sophisticated analysis and take the other courses in the series. You'll learn the popular, flexible and completely free software R, used by statistics and machine learning practitioners everywhere. It's hands-on, so you'll first learn about how to phrase a testable hypothesis via examples of medical research as reported by the media. Then you'll work through a data set on fruit and vegetable eating habits: data that are realistically messy, because that's what public health data sets are like in reality. There will be mini-quizzes with feedback along the way to check your understanding. The course will sharpen your ability to think critically and not take things for granted: in this age of uncontrolled algorithms and fake news, these skills are more important than ever. Prerequisites Some formulae are given to aid understanding, but this is not one of those courses where you need a mathematics degree to follow it. You will need only basic numeracy (for example, we will not use calculus) and familiarity with graphical and tabular ways of presenting results. No knowledge of R or programming is assumed....

Top reviews


May 25, 2019

Was a very nicely done and clear course to build or re-build foundation for most common statistical concepts and an intro to using R via R-Studio for your work with them on the basics.


Oct 11, 2019

This is the best course among all I've taken..

The instructor has presented the content precisely.

I highly recommend to those who are looking to explore R in the field of health

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By Aneeqa U

May 5, 2021

The course is formulated very well and has been very useful for me to further my skills in real world statistical analysis

By Dr. M

Apr 14, 2020

Worth taking this course. Concepts of sampling, distributions and hypothesis testing are taught very well by Professor.

By Wojciech M

Mar 14, 2021

Well guided overview of basic statistics in the context of public health, a nice refresher or a way in for someone new

By Muhammad T U H

Nov 29, 2020

It was a very great learning experience. Thanks Alex!! I learned the p-value very comfortably, highly recommended

By Rahul R

Oct 27, 2020

This course is one of the hidden gems in Coursera. I really liked the simple explanations of complex concepts.

By Nqobile N

Aug 11, 2022

The best course for Public health specialist intending to use R for data cleanning, management and analysis.

By José L

May 10, 2022

Agile, fun, and insightful. I finally understood where things in statistics come from, and how to use them.

By Todd D

Oct 1, 2019

Excellent introduction to the topic. Well-paced and prepares the learner for future courses. Very well done.

By Mai T N V

Dec 20, 2020

Well-structured and useful even for freshmen. The R programming information is really practical and doable.


Oct 1, 2020

Es un gran curso para el profesional de salud que quiere introducirse en el conocimiento de estadística!

By kpodzah k D

Feb 21, 2021

Course content appropriate for beginners into Health Data Analytics. Inspiring and I really enjoyed it.

By Dawn D

Apr 23, 2020

Clearly explained, well produced videos. Excellent starter or refresher for basic statistical thinking.

By Laura M A M

Aug 21, 2020

Excellent course, I totally enjoyed the Professors' attitude, the exercises in R and even by hand :).

By Hugo N B d G

Oct 20, 2021

Um curso incrível! Vale muito a pena para conhecer melhor pesquisas desenvolvidas na área da saúde!

By Ishaku D

Sep 5, 2022

The lectures were simplified and engaging. The questions were very much relatable to the modules.

By Overs M

Nov 1, 2021

A very good course . Thanks to Coursera for affording me such an opportunity to take this course.

By Asif K

Sep 14, 2020

This course is very good and it has enhance my knowledge how to use R and also about the coding

By Katerina K

Jun 8, 2019

An absolutely fantastic course. Compared with my course back at Uni, this is 100 times clearer.


Oct 29, 2022

Excellent! The course was very clear and the practice exercises were very helpful. Thank you

By Md. I R

Oct 8, 2020

This course is very important to learn basics of statistics & data analysis in public health.

By Akuzike T

Aug 28, 2022

I gained something from this and adding some effort on this we can all transform the future

By Tommys J G G

Jul 6, 2019

Excellent course if you want to start using R for public health projects! 100% recommended!

By Kelly B

Apr 15, 2020

Fantastic introduction to R, really enjoyed practising with the given dataset. Thank you!

By Ahmed M A M I

Feb 24, 2021

i liked this course alot. the instructor was very nice and made me like statistics more.

By Don E

Jun 9, 2020

Nice introductory course ... great videos, straight to the point just the right length.