Danish Cancer Society, 14-25
Virrat, Finland, 26-28 January 2018
Course text Book:
The textbook for the summer course: "Cancer Epidemiology: Principles
and Methods" by Isabel dos Santos Silva. IARC 1999. It can be
downloaded for free from IARC,
You do not have to read the textbook before the course, but you may
want to look into it before the course. If you want a printed copy,
please print this yourself beforehand, as it will not be possible to
print during the course.
Measures of Disease Occurrence: Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16
Esa Läärä, Bendix Carstensen, Elisabeth Wreford Andersen
Analysis of Epidemiological Data: Wednesday 23, Thursday 24
- Measures of Disease Frequency and Effects
15-16 August 2017
- Analysis of Epidemiological Data
23-24 August 2017
- All slides collected
- Practical exercises
- The exercises in this course requires you to do calculations which
in principle can be done on a hand-calculator.
However we assume that you use your laptop and use the free
as a calculator. This will enable you to take the solutions with you
home in the form of a file with computer code that does the
analyses. It will also enable you to do analyses repeatedly on
slightly different sets of data.
- You can obtain
from CRAN (the
"Download and Install R" click on
"R for Windows", click on
"Install R for the first time", and then on
"Download R 3.4.1 for Windows", which is a
self-extracting installer (about 62MB). This means that if you save it
to your computer somewhere and click on it, it will install
for you (provided that you answer the questions you are asked).
- The Epi add-on package for
will be needed too. Once you have installed
, start it, and in the menu bar click on
Packages -> Install package(s)..., chose a
mirror (this is just a server where you can get the stuff), and then
the Epi package.
- from the output of the last command it should be clear that you have
version 2.16 of the Epi package.
- Practical Exercises Workbook
contains the exercises that you will go through during the
practicals sessions in the two modules "Measures of disease
frequency and effects" and "Analysis of Epidemiological Data".
It also contains a very short introduction to getting and using
and a section with basic probability concepts in epidemiology and
introduction to R for Epidemiology may be of interest for
you (about 50 pages).
- Here are the R-code files corresponding to the
solutions in the workbook.
- NORDCAN is
an interactive database where you can get information on cancer
occurrence in the Nordic countries. It will also be used during the
- After the course
You can have more information about the Epi package for
You can enhance your
skills by attending the
course Statistical Practice
in Epidemiology with R in 2018.
After the course you can get help by sending queries to the
R-sig-Epi mailing list. But you need to sign up to the list
first, you can do that
- Previous courses, lectures, slides etc.
Last updated 1 August 2017, BxC