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Basic Statistics for Infection Preventionists

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    Basic Statistics for Infection Preventionists

Online course access will not be available starting June 19. Please review the Registration tab for important information

Based on our popular virtual learning lab taught by Daniel Bronson-Lowe, learn about the role of statistics in infection prevention, steps in statistical analysis, and how to directly apply your new skills with commonly used tools. Get the foundation you need to better analyze and present data through an interactive course format with module quizzes and assessments.

Need a refresher in one specific aspect of statistics? Modules are available for individual purchase. Learn more about each module below.

Length
2.5 hours

Cost:
Full Course = Members: $150 / Non-members: $175
Per Module = Members: $50 / Non-members: $75

CNE Nursing contact hours: 2.5

CANCELLATION POLICY:
APIC must receive all cancellations in writing within 30 days of purchase if you have not yet started the course. If you have started the course, you must submit your cancellation within 7 days of the start day to be eligible for a refund.

Please submit cancellation requests to education@apic.org or via fax to (202) 789-1899. 

Your Module Schedule




Module 1: Descriptive Statistics

Topics

  • Why we need statistics in infection prevention
  • Descriptive vs. inferential statistics
  • Quantitative vs. categorical data
  • Measures of central tendency
  • Measures of spread
  • Quartiles / percentiles

Objectives

After viewing the presentation and completing the related activities, the learner will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Explain the difference between quantitative and categorical data
  • Define measures of central tendency and measures of spread

 




Module 2: Inferential Statistics

Topics

  • Steps in statistical analysis (very brief)
  • Null vs alternative hypotheses
  • P-values, confidence intervals, level of significance, power, sample size
  • Type I and Type II error
  • Statistical significance vs. clinical relevance

Objectives

  • Differentiate between null and alternative hypotheses
  • Interpret p-values and confidence intervals
  • Explain the difference between statistical significance and clinical relevance

 




Module 3: Ratios, Rates, and Proportions (Part I)

Topics

  • Ratios, rates, and proportions (multiple examples of each)
  • Incidence vs. prevalence
  • Direct vs. indirect standardization
  • SIR calculation and interpretation
    o Including determination of statistical significance

Objectives

  • Define and interpret ratios, rates, and proportions
  • Differentiate between incidence and prevalence
  • Interpret standardized infection ratios (SIR)

 




Module 4: Ratios, Rates, and Proportions (Part II)

Topics

  • Relative risk
    o Cohort studies
    o Determination of statistical significance
  • Odds ratios
    o Case-control studies
    o Determination of statistical significance
  • Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value
    o Conditional probabilities vs. natural frequencies

Objectives

  • Interpret relative risks and odds ratios
  • Interpret sensitivity and specificity
  • Interpret positive and negative predictive values

 

 

Why Should You Attend?

The overarching course goal is to for learners to understand basic statistical tools and commonly-used statistical methods. At the end of this practical skills-level course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the different types of quantitative data
  • Explain the different types of categorical data
  • Describe the various measures of central tendency
  • Describe the various measures of spread
  • Explain the difference between descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Describe the various measures of frequency
  • Explain the concept of measures of association
  • Define null hypothesis
  • Define alternative hypothesis
  • Explain the concept of p-value
  • Explain reliability, sensitivity, and specificity
  • Differentiate between positive and negative predictive value
  • Explain what “percentiles” mean
  • Define what the Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR) reports
  • Generate a SIR

 

Member Registration Fee: $150.00
Non-Member Registration Fee: $175.00

IMPORTANT NOTICE: APIC is launching a new online education experience for our virtual learners!

The implementation of this new platform will require the system to be unavailable starting June 19 with an official launch date of August 1.

As we transition to this new system, unfortunately we will not be able to migrate partial course progress, only course completion.

If you are interested in registering for a course, we encourage the following:

  • If you do not plan to complete the course by June 18, we recommend that you start the course when the system is live on August 1 so you don’t lose any work you have done in the course. 
  • If you must complete the course prior to August, we recommend that you finish the course no later than June 18. If you are not able to complete it by this date, your work thus far will not be recorded in the new system. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at education@apic.org.

Paying by check or have issues registering online? Please complete the registration form and mail it to the noted address. When mailing the check, ensure that the registration form and any corresponding documents are included as we cannot process registrations without payment. 

Bulk sales are available. Email education@apic.org for more information.

Please note that online courses will be available 24 hours after your registration has been processed.
 

CANCELLATION POLICY:
APIC must receive all cancellations in writing within 30 days of purchase if you have not yet started the course. If you have started the course, you must submit your cancellation within 7 days of the start day to be eligible for a refund.

Please submit cancellation requests to education@apic.org or via fax to (202) 789-1899. 

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).


Course evaluations will be availablein your online training meny upon completion of the course. All course-related evaluations must be completed within 30 days of course completion. After satisfying all evaluation requirements, a certificate of completion will be available to print and/or for your records indicating CEUs.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by APIC or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity.

Technical Requirements
APIC Online Education Center online learning courses are accessed through a web browser. The web browser you use must accept cookies, run Adobe Flash, and run JavaScript. To check if your browser does these things, visit this page to run a test.
 
APIC courses require a computer that runs Windows XP (or later), has Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 (or later), and Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 (or later). 
 
Apple OS X users need to use a browser that runs JavaScript, Adobe Flash, and has the Adobe PDF Reader installed.
 
Note: Devices running iOS (like iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches) are not able to display course content at this time, due to Flash restrictions on iOS.
 
Technical support: education@apic.org