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NU 641 Introduction to Statistics

Discover how to interpret statistical data in health care policy exploration.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 1 credit

Statistics can be the validation needed to turn research into health care policy. As a health care professional, your understanding of statistical concepts is a valuable and necessary skill. NU 641 Introduction to Statistics presents a practical approach to applying statistical concepts in health care. It explores the relationship between statistical methods and research questions and provides an opportunity to work with data to evaluate results of health care related research.

This course is intended to help you understand basic statistical concepts and techniques so that you can interpret and evaluate the statistics you are likely to encounter in journal articles. This is important as you utilize research evidence to develop evidence-based practice guidelines and health care policies.

What You’ll Learn in NU 641

This course provides you the opportunity to work with data and to evaluate results of health care related research. Week by week, you’ll have practice activities based on real-life scenarios to help you learn the concepts and techniques. You’ll be using Microsoft Excel to help take the guesswork of out the calculations, and tutorials will be provided to assist you.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Displaying Data
  • Probability and Confidence Intervals
  • Assessing the Differences between Two Groups
  • Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Kruskal-Wallis
  • Correlation Coefficients
  • Evaluating Statistical Methods and Research Findings
  • Ethical Issues in Data Reporting

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of NU 641, you will be able to:

  • Determine the various levels of measurement (nominal, ordinal, ratio, and interval) and the statistical test that corresponds to it.
  • Recognize the importance of epidemiology and nursing research and its impact on health care.
  • Analyze and interpret the results of various statistical tests related to health care data.

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To learn more about Statistics for Health Care or other courses in the online MSN program from the University of Saint Mary, call 877-307-4915 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information.