At the end of the unit, students should understand and apply some essential concepts of Biostatistics, seeking to use it with responsibility and judgment in their research in tropical medicine, knowing that consultation and dialogue with statisticians is essential and that the use of statistical programs, along with its advantages, also have risks that can compromise all research done. After this unit, students should be able to:
1. Identify the importance of statistics at the beginning of the research projects design.
2. Evaluate the importance of randomisation in the sampling process, collecting data by processes that guarantee its quality.
3. Properly use concepts of Exploratory Data Analysis and Descriptive Statistics.
4. Apply the concepts of estimation and some tests of more frequent hypotheses in the tropical medicine, emphasizing the applicability premises.
5. Know the general aspects of the SPSS program or other statistical analysis software.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria do Rosário Martins


Weekly - A definir entre o estudante e o docente responsável

Total - 22,5

Teaching language



Not applicable


• Wayne W. Daniel, Chad L. Cross, "A Foundation for Analysis in the Health Sciences", 2008, Wiley.
• G. Cunha, M. Rosário Martins, R. Sousa, F. Ferraz Oliveira. Estatística Aplicada às Ciências e Tecnologias da Saúde, Editora LIDEL.

Teaching method

Attended lectures and tutorials. Classes will be theoretical-practical, involving databases analysis in a real context, through the use of statistical programs, namely the SPSS Program.

Evaluation method

Assessment by practical work and final exam.

Subject matter

I. Importance of statistics in tropical medicine research.
II. Classification of variables and measurement scales.
III. Population and sample. Sampling methods.
IV. Statistical analysis process stages.
V. Data organization and presentation.
VI. Localization measures (mean, mode, median).
VII. Dispersion measures (variance, standard deviation, coefficient of variation).
VIII. Normal distribution, Student t and chi-square distributions.
IX. The central limit theorem.
X. Tests and hypotheses and confidence intervals.
XI. Distinction between correlation and causality.
XII. Pearson's correlation and Spearman's correlation coefficients
XIV. Contingency tables, chi-square tests.
XV. Comparison measures between groups: parametric tests vs non-parametric tests.


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