Research and Data Services

PHS @ The Library

PHS @ The Library

About the Service

Public Health Sciences @ the Library is a free service staffed by SOM Public Health Sciences statisticians to address introductory statistics and research methods questions.

PHS@the Library is available to students (medical, nursing, BIMS), clinical staff (residents, nurses, clinicians), research staff, and iTHRIV partners. 

This service does not reproduce more substantive and comprehensive research collaborations or research methodologies currently available within UVA Health. For requests beyond the scope of this service please contact Public Health Sciences (PHS) Consulting & Collaboration Support.

We are happy to assist you with the following questions:

Basic data collection and management

  • How do I collect and store this data most effectively?
  • How do I encode the data to make it most useful for downstream analysis?
  • What university infrastructure resources are available for me to handle this (SAS, SPSS, GIS, etc.. )
  • How would I design, conduct, and analyze a chart review for about 100 patients?
  • How do I arrange a consultation on clinical database creation and management?

Statistics and analysis

  • How do I calculate what sample size I need?
  • How do I know what statistical test or model is most appropriate with this data?
  • What assumptions must I satisfy to use this test or model appropriately?
  • What software can I use to do this analysis?
  • How do I learn to use this software?
  • How would one interpret these results?


PHS@ the Library consultants are available on demand via the following schedule:



Monday 2-4pm

PHS@the Library Zoom Room

Tuesday 2-4pm

In-person at Claude Moore Health Sciences Library first floor

Wednesday 2-4pm

In-person at Claude Moore Health Sciences Library first floor

Thursday 2-4pm

In-person at Claude Moore Health Sciences Library first floor

Friday 2-4pm

PHS@the Library Zoom Room

Additionally, appointments are available outside these hours upon request to Mark Smolkin. The services is closed during UVA Academic Division holidays.

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