Medical Informatics and Biostatistics Module

Learning Objectives
The aim of the Medical Informatics and Biostatistics module is to educate students for the use of modern information technologies for effective research work in life sciences; the theoretical and practical bases of computer-aided data analyses, presentations, preparation of paper- and electronic-based publications, thesis writing.

Why Medical Informatics and Biostatistics is becoming so important?
     1. Fundamental and clinical research made in all areas of life sciences use computer-
aided tools
     2. Study design, protocol planning plays a key role in a successful medical research
     3. Data collection, analyses, presentation and publication process in medical research
involve, computer-based technologies
     4. Biostatistical evaluation and the appropriate choice of analysis techniques are
inevitable to verify scientific findings
     5. Get acquainted with these tools and technologies advance the efficiency of research in life sciences

Purpose of this Course
To introduce the theoretical and practical aspects of the
     1. Use of modern information technologies for effective research work in life sciences
     2. Study design, protocol planning and basic science and clinical research
     3. Computer-aided data analyses
     4. Preparation of data presentations in paper and electronic forms
     5. Paper- and electronic-based publications, manuscript submission and review process

A physician must know
     1.  How modern information technologies advance medical research
     2. The key role of an appropriate choice of study design and protocol planning in a
         successful research activity
     3. How computers help signal processing, data analyses and preparation of
          paper-based and electronic presentations in medical sciences
     4. The appropriate choice of analyses techniques to verify scientific findings
     5. The electronic systems involved in the publication process


Course organization

Total number of hours: 32 hours

Number of credits: 4 ECTS

Course material

Recommended Books
D. Altman: Practical statistics for medical research (Chapman & Hall/CRC).

Assessment and evaluation of the students
Written exam: Statistical evaluations and complex media preparations.
Practical Sessions:
Presentation of complex documents including tables and graphs demonstrating research findings obtained during the research activities of the students. The complex document including relevantstatistical evaluations should be demonstrated. The students will be graded based on the final exam andreports from the different practical sessions.