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Ten Minute Course in Epidemiology

Nigel Dickson

The study is based on the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study which is following a cohort of just over 1000 babies born in 1972 in Dunedin.


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The file Herpes data.xls has the data for 1890 men recorded in nine variables. The file Herpes variables.xls names the nine variables and defines the classification categories of each variable.

The data used for this study on whether childhood circumcision reduces the risk of acquiring genital herpes has been modified for teaching purposes by supposing a larger cohort of 1890 men. The true results, however, are given at the end of the video. (Note that the concept of relative risk is in the school syllabus).

If you have access to GenStat, you can go through the lesson Herpes-GenStat.pdf.

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