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Statistics for Medical Affairs

Learn how to evaluate statistical data presented in medical literature.


This module is designed to help medical affairs professionals and others in the pharmaceutical industry evaluate statistical data presented in medical literature. It will help users apply statistical concepts when evaluating literature, identify strengths and weaknesses in study design, and detect potential bias in the presentation of statistics.

The module takes an average of 3.5 hours to complete.

This eLearning module can be purchased individually or as part of the Medical Communications eLearning Program (eight modules) or the Medical Affairs eLearning Program (11 modules).

Featured topics

  • Statistical Concepts
  • Basic Statistics
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Study Designs

Who should attend?

This program is designed for professionals involved in:

  • Medical affairs
  • Medical communications
  • Medical information
  • Medical writing
  • Field-based medical affairs support (i.e., medical science liaison)
  • Medical call center environment
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Clinical research
  • Professional education, training, and development
  • Document management/eSubmissions

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this module, learners should be able to:

  • Identify potential bias in the presentation of statistical data
  • Explain the statistical concepts of population, sample, bias, distribution, and variability
  • Describe types of data, summary measures, and estimation
  • Discuss hypotheses testing, type I and type II errors, statistical power, sample size, confidence intervals, and P-values
  • Interpret the results of research papers and abstracts
  • Distinguish among study designs, and identify techniques used to avoid bias
  • Use basic statistical terminology

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