BERD Training Unit

The Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Key Component Activity (KCA) Training Unit collaborates and integrates with the OSCTR Clinical Research Education, Mentoring, and Career Development KCA to enhance training in epidemiology and biostatistics related to clinical and translational research. 

BERD Education Online Request form 

Services Provided

  • Seminars, short courses, and workshops related to the application of biostatistical and epidemiological methods to study design and data analysis
  • Clinical or translational working groups or journal clubs
  • Curricular materials for asynchronous learning, including printed and video-streamed seminars, short courses, and tutorials

Curricular Materials 

 Link to Seminar Series

Printed Materials


Video-streamed Tutorial (Mediasite)


Foundations of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

This eight-part video series will prepare you to understand and apply principles and methods in biostatistics and epidemiology that are used in medical research. Topics addressed include the development of a research question; research design principles; statistical and epidemiologic measures of disease burden, distribution, and association; and methods of statistical inference and hypothesis testing.

R Short Course

The Training Unit of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Key Component Activity of the Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Resources (OSCTR) hosts an R Short Course. R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. It is free and compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms, Windows and MacOS. R can be extended via user-contributed packages. Packages are available through the CRAN family of internet sites covering a very wide range of modern statistics (