140.630.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
MW 10:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Andre Hackman
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Evaluate and select the appropriate tools for collection and management of study data.
    • Describe data design issues involved in collecting research data
    • Develop strategies for maintaining data quality, protecting and sharing data
    • Manage and manipulate research study data.
  • Course Description
    Introduces students to the principles and skills required to collect and manage research data in a public health setting. Topics focus on tools for collecting data that range from spreadsheets to web-based systems, database fundamentals, data collection form design, data entry screen design, proper coding of data, strategies for quality control and data cleaning, protection and sharing of data, and integrating data from external sources. Includes practical and hands-on exercises that require some entry-level computer programming.
  • Intended Audience
    Biostatistics ScM students
  • Methods of Assessment
    class participation, short assignments, quizzes and final project.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Homework and Grading Policy

    Grades are based on class participation (10%), programming assignments (70%), a mid-term quiz (10%) and a final quiz (10%). Students taking the course pass/fail must complete all of the programming assignments.

    For the programming assignments, students may discuss ideas and approaches with others but all assignments are to be completed independently and should be original work.

    The final letter grade will be based on the following point system:

    • A = 90-100
    • B = 80-89
    • C = 70-79
    • P = 70 + (For those taking the course pass/fail)
    • D = 60-69
    • F = < 59
  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    The following book is recommended for students that will continue using Stata after the course. Students should not purchase the book until after the first lecture when the instructor will give more information about the book. This book will not be used until the second half of the course.

    Data Management Using Stata: A Practical Handbook  Michael N. Mitchell , Stata Press, 2010

    All other books used in this course will be freely available through access to Safari Books Online provided by the Welch Medical Library (

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Welcome Message

    Class Location: W2015 (JHSPH)

  • Software required

    All students will be required to use Stata 11 or higher to complete exercises given in Stata. If you don’t currently have a Stata license, you may either purchase a license from Stata through the Course GradPlan OR you may use the lab computers in JHSPH which have Stata 12 installed. (NOTE: For 2013 Q2 students, please wait for final instruction from instructor before purchasing and software.)

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at