Medical Statistics I: Introduction to Data Analysis and Descriptive Statistics


Stanford School of Medicine

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Medical Statistics I:  Introduction to Data Analysis and Descriptive Statistics

Medical Statistics I is the first in a three-course statistics series. Medical Statistics I covers the foundations of data analysis, programming in either R or SAS (students may use either program), descriptive statistics, visualizing data, study design, and measures of disease frequency and association. The course uses real examples from the medical literature and popular press. Participants will learn how to critically evaluate the statistics in medical studies. The course also prepares participants to be able to analyze their own data.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course. Students will need to be familiar with a few basic math tools: summation sign, factorial, natural log, exponential, and the equation of a line; a brief tutorial is available on the course website for students who need a refresher on these topics.

What you will learn

  • Basic programming in either SAS or R. 
  • How to visualize and describe data.
  • How to calculate and interpret measures of disease frequency and association. 



All-Access Plan -  365 days to access course materials, video lectures and assignments, and exams. You can take courses in any order, sequentially or simultaneously, and move freely in and out of all courses in the program. Complete all three courses within one year and earn a certificate.

  • $299
  • $75 one-time document fee?

Please visit the certificate page for more information.

Individual Courses  - 60 days to view and complete course materials, video lectures, assignments and exams, at your own pace.

  • $129 per required course
  • $75 one-time document fee?

Time to Complete

You should expect to spend 20-22 hours to complete each course, depending on your familiarity with the topic.

For individual courses, we recommend that you designate 3-4 hours per week to watch video lectures and complete assignments in order to finish within 60 days.

Since the All-Access Plan allows you to access all courses for one year, you can determine how quickly to progress, but you must complete courses with 365 days in order to receive credit.

Continuing Education Units

By completing this course, you’ll earn 2 Continuing Education Unit (CEU). CEUs cannot be applied toward any Stanford degree. CEU transferability is subject to the receiving institution’s policies.

CME Credits 


The Stanford University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 13.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For more information about CME credits, please click here.

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Instructors: Kristin Sainani
Delivery Option:
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Course Access
60-day access to the online course starts upon payment. 

Course Materials
Course materials are available for download from the online course page. All materials are available for printing and review upon enrollment.

Final Exam
Online participants are asked to complete a final exam at the end of each course to maintain the integrity of the program. A score of 80% must be achieved to successfully pass the exam. A digital record of completion will be emailed to participants when they pass the exam.

Course Evaluation
Participants are required to complete the course evaluation once they have passed the final exam.

This course may not currently be available to learners in some states and territories.