Course text Book:
The textbook for the summer cource: "Cancer Epidemiology: Principles
and Methods" by Isabel dos Santos Silva. IARC 1999. It can be
downloaded for free from IARC,
You do not have to read the textbook before the course, but you may
want to look into it before the course. If you want a printed copy,
please print this yourself beforehand, as it will not be possible to
print during the course.
Bendix Carstensen, Esa Läärä, Gerda Engholm, Luise Cederkvist
Measures of Disease Occurrence: Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14
Analysis of Epidemiological Data: Wednesday 21, Thursday 22
- Measures of Disease Frequency and Effects
13-14 August 2013
- Analysis of Epidemiological Data
21-22 August 2013
- Practical exercises
- The exercises in this course requires you to do calculations which
in principle can be done on a hand-calculator.
However we assume that you use your laptop and use the free
statistical program R as a
calculator. This will enable you to take the solutions with you home
in the form of a file with computer code that does the analyses. It
will also enable you to do analyses repeatedly on slightly different
sets of data.
- You can obtain R from CRAN (the
Comprehensive R Archive Network).
Under Download and Install R click on Windows and
under R for Windows click on base, and then
on Download R 3.0.1 for Windows, which is a self-extracting
installer (about 40MB). This means that if you save it to your
computer somewhere and click on it, it will install R for you.
- The Epi add-on package for R will be needed too.
Once you have installed R, start it, and in the menu bar click on
Packages -> Install package(s)..., chose a
mirror (this is just a server where you can get the stuff), and then
the Epi package.
- Practical Exercises Workbook.
Note: This is a preliminary version of the workbook based
on the 2011 course. Some of the exercises will be changed.
Also contains a very short introduction to getting and using R,
and a section with basic probability concepts in epidemiology and
- There are a couple of more elaborate introductions to R of
interest for you:
- NORDCAN is
an interactive database where you can get information on cancer
occurrence in the Nordic countries.
- After the course
You can have more information about the Epi package for R
You can enhance your R skills by attending the
course Statistical Practise
in Epidemiology with R in May 2014.
After the course you can get help by sending queries to the
R-sig-Epi mailing list. But you need to sign up to the list
first, you can do that
- Previous courses
lectures, slides and pictures.
Last updated 7 June 2013, BxC