The Statistics Core serves to support the clinical, basic science, educational and administrative research needs for the school of medicine. In particular, this core provides support in the areas of statistics, research informatics, translational research, and health outcomes based research.

Statistical Support

  1. Conceptualization of research problems
  2. Experimental design
  3. Statistical analysis of data
  4. Interpretation and presentation of statistical findings
  5. Presentation of research results

Research Informatics

  1. Database creation & management
  2. Data collection/acquisition
  3. Data entry, coding and de-identification
  4. Data analysis/ reporting

Translational Research

  1. Navigating requirements necessary for developing/testing treatments and therapies
  2. Performing community and practice based research
  3. Assessing population level data
  4. Describing demographic and social makeup of population

Health Outcomes

  1. Data acquisition
  2. Data management
  3. Data storage
  4. Analysis of data sources


Community Health and Demographic Sources [PDF]

The preceding linked PDF includes a table that provides the name, sources, levels of geographical classification, most recent date of presentation, and a brief description of data for descriptive use in population science, clinical, administrative, and educational research. These descriptive data can be used to help describe the demographic and sociological makeup of a community, area, or county. Additionally, such data can help describe the overall health, the prevalence of a certain disease or risk factor, the health behaviors, and the availability and quality of health care services of a given area. This information can then be used for internal description of a hospital’s or public health department’s service area, external use for grant application or manuscript preparation, and other uses.

Outcomes and Population-Based Research Database [PDF]

The preceding linked document includes tables that provide the name, sources, most precise level of geographical classification, most recent date of presentation, and a brief description of data that can be used in population based research. The databases range from registries to survey data to government databases that can be used to research health behaviors, healthcare utilization, disease incidence, and other health related issues. They are categorized into one of three overarching sources—the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ), and all other sources. Other sources include the state of Illinois, Medicare, and the World Health Organization among other sources.

For assistance in accessing and utilizing data referenced in either of these databases, please contact Whitney Zahnd at or (217) 545-2428.

Last Updated: Mon, 11/18/2013 - 2:44pm