Early Career Researcher R Workshop

Thanks to the kind support of the Health Foundation, we will be running a virtual workshop for Early Career Researchers on the R programming language, titled R for Health Economics: An Introduction. This will take place on Tuesday 6th October and Wednesday 7th October.

Workshop details

R is a freely available language designed for statistical analyses. Its popularity has been growing steadily among health economists due to its efficiency, flexibility and graphical capabilities. In this introductory hands-on workshop, we will explain the basic principles of R using examples relevant to health economists. All materials, including the example code, will be provided for the participants to take away and re-use in their context.

The workshop will be self-contained and no prior knowledge of R will be assumed. However, existing users, such as those with basic knowledge or those who want to learn about tidyverse or ggplot, are also welcome to attend. Participants must install the required software (R, RStudio, tidyverse package) on their personal computers before the course. Instructions on installation will be provided in advance.

The workshop will be led by Dr Iryna Schlackow, supported by other health economists based at the University of Oxford.

Early Career Researcher (ECR) definition

For the purposes of this workshop, we define ECRs as follows:

You are an Early Career Researcher (ECR) if you are either (a) currently enrolled in a research degree (e.g. PhD programme) or (b) employed and within 7 years of your highest degree (e.g. Masters or PhD). If you don’t meet these criteria (e.g. due to career breaks), but identify as an ECR, we can take into account any exceptional circumstances.

All participants must also be current members of HESG. Click here to check your membership status.

Other practical details

  • The workshop is free.
  • The workshop will take place via Zoom.
  • On both days, the workshop will begin at 10:00 BST and end at 12:00 BST.
  • The workshop will be a mix of lectures, live code demos and exercises for respondents to complete.
  • Different topics will be covered each day; the material covered on day 2 will build on what was covered on day 1.
  • On both days, support will be provided by the lecturer, and by tutors who will be available via a continuously monitored chat function and in a breakout room.
  • 30 places are available on a first-come first-served basis. This limit is based on the number of tutors who will be available
  • We expect demand to exceed supply, so please ensure that you can attend both days of the workshop when you book. We will operate a waiting list.
  • Both sessions will be recorded. Password protected versions of these recordings will be made available after day 2 for all attendees. These recordings will also be made available to all ECRs on the waiting list, along with the course materials. Participant names and faces will not be visible on screen during these recordings.
  • Booking is now closed.

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