An Introduction to 'R' for Health Economic Modelling

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About the course

This one-day course provides a basic introduction to, and overview of the use of the free statistical software, R, which includes:

  • working with the RStudio interface
  • understanding different types and classes of objects
  • importing data, basic manipulation and summary statistics
  • linear regression.

Who will benefit from the course?

This course is aimed at individuals with little or no experience in R. The course is delivered in tutorial format, with short periods of demonstration followed by practical activities and time for questions. Those with previous experience with Excel VBA, STATA, SPSS and other software may find they progress faster than others, but no prior knowledge is expected. Similarly, a basic knowledge of statistics is advantageous, but not essential.


After this course you should be able to:

  • know the benefits and limitations of R
  • navigate RStudio
  • import and manipulate different types of data in R
  • write scripts to allow for replication of analysis
  • summarise & plot data, plot results from a simple linear regression
  • know where to find further information.
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