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Practice of Statistical Consulting

Course Status

2nd Term
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
One Year Only

Required 1st-year Biostatistics Master’s courses

Emphasizes the understanding of, and practical experience in, the spectrum of non-technical aspects of statistical consulting, the art and science of applying statistics to real-world problems. Discusses the elements of a consultation, from defining the research problem to providing final products to the client, interpersonal communication, reproducible work, ethics and consulting in different environments. Develops students’ consulting skills via lectures, role-play opportunities, consulting sessions, and actual research projects. Acquaints students with practical consulting experience through shadowing and leading the Biostatistics Center’s clinics on Friday mornings. Provides opportunities to work directly with Johns Hopkins researchers to elicit information about the research question, and to provide a presentation and final report to researchers.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Recognize the spectrum of non-technical aspects of statistical consulting
  2. Utilize different styles of consulting
  3. Perform short statistical consulting sessions
  4. Carry out consultation projects from initial meeting to reporting results with researchers
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 30% Class participation & Friday clinic participation
  • 30% Class assignnment
  • 40% Final Project
Special Comments

Please note: This is the virtual section of a course that is also offered onsite. Students will need to commit to the modality for which they register.