MEDFL5570 – New statistical methods for causal inference
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New statistical models for causal inference are increasingly being used in epidemiology, clinical research and other fields. This course gives an introduction to some basic concepts and ideas in this area.
Important concepts and methods that will be covered are:
- Directed acyclic graphs (DAGs),
- counterfactual causality,
- marginal structural models,
- direct and indirect effects,
- selection bias.
These methods were developed over the last couple of decades, mainly by researchers at Harvard University (James M. Robins, Donald B. Rubin). The methods are part of a new approach to understanding how statistical analysis can form the basis of causal inference.
In epidemiology and clinical research much knowledge about the causal effects of treatments and risk factors comes from statistical studies. The new tools give a much more precise way of approaching these issues.
There is a great international interest in these approaches and we wish to make Norwegian reserachers acquainted with these developments.
- Understand basic ideas of causal inference
- Have knowledge of the most important methods
- Be able to apply analysis of causal DAGs
- Understand counterfactual analysis and time-dependent confounding
- Understand the challenges and possibilities of mediation analysis
The course is restricted to students at the Medical Student Research Programme at the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, UiO.
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The courses MEDFL5570 and MF9570 have common admission
Formal prerequisite knowledge
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Recommended previous knowledge
The course presupposes a thorough understanding of methodology as used in epidemiology and related fields. It is an advantage to have knowledge of logistic regression or Cox regression
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The course is organized as full day teaching over 4 days, including lectures, exercises and discussions.
You have to participate in at least 80 % of the teaching to be allowed to take the exam. Attendance will be registered.
A take-home exam will be given at the end of the course.
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