- Find a local public health professional; someone who is involved with a health-related research project using quantitative methodologies (i.e. not purely qualitative studies) and learn about their project. Focus on the questions below, but also ask other relevant questions that can help you better understand the project and statistical methods used.
- What is your research question?
- What are the null and alternative hypotheses?
- What is/are your outcome variable(s) and your explanatory variable(s), and how are they measured?
- How do you account for bias and confounding?
- What descriptive statistical methods do you use?
- What analytical methods do you use?
- How did you choose these methods?
- Are there alternative methods you could use? What are their advantages and limitations?
- Apply analytical
statistics in the context of a research project and be able to think critically
about practical application of statistical concepts