Advanced course in sas programming for health care data

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Doctoral course: “Advanced course in SAS programming for health care data” (1.5 credits)

November 23-27, 2015 (full days)


Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

Specific entry requirements

”Introductory course in SAS programming” (course 1447), “Epidemiology I: Introduction to Epidemiology” (course 1577) and “Biostatistics I: Introduction for epidemiologists” (course 1579) or corresponding courses.


This week-long course will give students with some prior experience in SAS the foundation needed to work independently with large data bases in SAS, performing the data management needed for observational studies from for instance a register linkage. Although exercises during the course will use health care data, the same skills would be useful for studies in e.g., demography, sociology, and economics.

Students will develop their skills in processing data using built-in functions and procedures, including loops, learn how to merge data sets and perform operations with SAS Base and SQL coding, and the benefits and tricks of transposition, where one moves between “long” and “wide” data sets. Students will also learn how to write user written functions (macros) in SAS, and work through examples of how to analyse data with core statistical techniques, and export relevant results to edited tables.
Teaching and learning activities

Different strategies for teaching and learning, such as interactive lectures, laboratory exercises and small group discussions, will be used.

Target group

The course is of relevance for doctoral students in the fields of epidemiology, public health, sociology, demography, psychology, statistics, health economics, and other medical and social sciences. Post-doctoral fellows are also welcome to apply.

Course director and teachers

Thomas Frisell, PhD, Coordinator, Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Department of Medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutet (email address:

Jonas Eriksson, PhD, Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Department of Medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutet


Application can be done May 19 to August 31, 2015. Apply here:

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