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Statistical Methods

This theme aims to improve our understanding of health inequalities and reduce disparities through the development of better statistical methods.

About Us

To advance health equity, we need to understand the factors underlying health inequalities. These are generally highly complex, involving numerous social, cultural, economic, environmental and genetic factors. Through careful statistics, we can use data to begin to disentangle some of these factors to both gain a better understanding of disease and health, and also to inform better decision and policy making. Here are three examples of major challenges that statistical methods could help address. First of all, health research data has a significant bias towards Western and wealthy individuals. This lack of diversity in health data is an example of ascertainment bias, meaning that our sample is not representative of the population of interest. Second, identifying the determinants of health inequalities requires disentangling multiple complex factors, requiring careful statistical modelling integrating large amounts of data from multiple sources. Thirdly, if we want to reduce inequalities through interventions or data-based solutions, we need to be able to reliably evaluate their impact in terms of both their benefits and their costs. The focus of this theme is on the investigation and development of statistical methods that have the potential to help us use data to better understand health inequalities and to promote health equity.

Regular Activities

Bi-weekly reading group 

A theoretical and methodological discussion forum, hosted by DSxHE (Data Science for Health Equity), aimed primarily at Early Career Researchers (ECRs). The sessions are designed to be low-commitment, encouraging active participation from all attendees. 

Monthly Webinar on Statistical Methods for Health Equity 

A collaborative effort between DSxHE (Data Science for Health Equity), UCL Statistical Science department, and the Alan Turing Institute's Health Equity Interest Group. The webinar aims to promote health equity by exploring statistical and machine learning methods that address inequalities and biases in healthcare and biomedical research. We encourage speakers to discuss the practical considerations associated with applying these methods in the real world.

Landscape Survey

A quarterly collaborating opportunity to collectively advance our comprehension of statistical methods and their application in promoting health equity.  

How to get involved?

The Theme is open to anyone with an interest in developing or applying statistical methods to promote health equity, from academic researchers and students to health data professionals and policy makers. 

If you'd like to take part in our regular activities, join the organising team, or just want to learn more about the Theme, please reach out to us via email at

To follow all of our Statistical Methods theme activities and discussions, the best thing to do is to join the #theme-statistical-methods channel on the DSxHE Slack workspace. 

Theme Team

Theme Partners


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