Applied Methodology in Public Health: Advanced Statistics

  • Master's Program International Health & Social Management
Course unit code
Level of course unit
  • Master
Semester when the course unit is delivered
  • 2
Number of ECTS credits allocated
  • 5.0
Name of lecturer(s)
  • FH-Prof. Dr. Mevenkamp Nils
Learning outcomes of the course unit
  • By the end of this course, students will be able to:
    - demonstrate basic knowledge and awareness of the role of multivariate statistics in public health
    - understand concepts and applications of statistical models
    - understand and critically reflect empirical studies in the field of public health
Mode of delivery
  • blended learning
Prerequisites and co-requisites
  • none
Course contents
  • Role of statistics in empirical social research | research designs | sampling and data collection | surveys and questionnaires | measuring of complex dimensions with Likert scales | reliability analysis | significance testing | advanced statistical models (multi-level modeling, SEM)

    Please be aware that this course requires high level of proficiency in English language. All local students have passed an English language test with at least 90 TOEFL points (internet based) or comparable tests.
Recommended or required reading
  • Field, A. (2009). Discovering statistics using SPSS: (and sex and drugs and rock'n'roll) (3rd ed.). Los Angeles, Calif.: Sage.
    Flick, U. (2011). Introducing research methodology: A beginner's guide to doing a research project. Los Angeles: Sage.
    Lowry, R. (1998-2013). Concepts and Applications of Inferential Statistics. URL:
    Motulsky, H. (2013). Intuitive Biostatistics: A Nonmathematical Guide to Statistical Thinking (3rd). New York: Oxford University Press.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • The course comprises an interactive mix of lectures, discussions, individual and group work, and computer applications.
Assessment methods and criteria
  • To monitor the students’ learning this course will provide ongoing assignments as a basis for feedback and grading (formative assessment) and/or will evaluate the students learning at the end of the course or an instructional unit via exams, final project reports, essays or seminar papers (summative assessment).
Language of instruction
  • English