MH3003 - Statistics for Medicine and Health Sciences


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours HJELPEMIDD

Course content

The course gives a basic introduction to statistical methods relevant for medicine and health science. The course will provide knowledge of and practice in the application of methods for comparing means and proportions, studying association between continuous variables, and evaluating reliability and validity of measured data. The course deals with descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing for continuous and categorical data, correlation and linear regression. The course includes exercises using SPSS.

Learning outcome

After completing the course MH3003, the student should
• have knowledge of different types of variables and probability distributions, and be able to apply the knowledge in relation to statistical analysis of data
• have knowledge of basic terminology and methodological elements within point and interval estimation and hypothesis testing
• have knowledge of methods for estimating correlation and linear association between continuous variables
• have knowledge of the most important assumptions for the chosen method of analysis

After completing the course MH3003, the student should be able to
• choose appropriate summary measures and graphical display for describing quantitative data
• perform and interpret results from hypothesis tests (t-test) for mean values in one and two samples, and correspondingly for the non-- parametric alternatives for these tests
• perform and interpret results from hypothesis tests for proportions in one and two samples
• perform and interpret analyses for estimating correlation and linear association between continuous variables
• evaluate reliability of measurements and agreement between two methods of measurement
• perform statistical analyses by using a statistical program package (SPSS)
• justify the chosen method of analysis based on the problem at hand, study design, and variable types

General competence:
After completing the course MH3003, the student should
• have a basis for understanding the presentation of statistical analyses and results in scientific literature

Learning methods and activities

Intensive lectures over the semester.
Lectures and exercises.
The course will be taught in Norwegian during the autumn semester and in English in the spring semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Godjente øvingsaktiviteter

Further on evaluation

Approved compulsory exercise activities are required to sit for the exam. Approved compulsory activities are valid for three subsequent semesters after approval.
Written exam, 4 hours. Letter grades.
Approved examination aids: Specified printed and handwritten aids. Any calculator.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Advanced Clinical Nursing (VAKSP)
Cancer Nursing (VKRESP)
Clinical Health Science (MKLIHEL)
Clinical Nursing (MKLISP)
Exercise Physiology (MSPORT)
Global Health (MSPUHE)
Human Movement Sciences (MBEV)
Intensive Care Nursing (VISP)
Mental Health (MPHLS)
Neuroscience (MSNEUR)
Nurse Anaesthesia (VASP)
Operating Room Nursing (VOSP)
Paediatric Nursing (VBASP)
Pharmacy (MFARMASI)
Physical Activity and Health (MSPAHE)
Public Health (MFHLS)

Required previous knowledge

Completed bachelor's degree or equivalent.

Course materials

To be announced

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KLH3100 7.5 01.09.2018
KLH3004 7.5 01.09.2018
HLS3550 7.5 01.09.2018
KLMED8004 5.0 01.09.2018
MNFSIB1 7.5 01.09.2018
PH3003 7.5 01.09.2018
ST3000 7.5 01.09.2018
ST3001 7.5 01.09.2018
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2019

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2020

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Ålesund , Gjøvik , Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Epidemiologi
  • Medicine, Health and Social Studies.
  • Statistics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Public Health and Nursing



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 HJELPEMIDD 2019-12-03 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 49
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 2
SL319 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL323 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL120 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 3
PC-lab v biblioteket Bygg G 15
SL318 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 HJELPEMIDD 2020-06-02 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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