Cross-Sectional Studies

What are cross-sectional studies and why are they important?

Key Points

  • Cross-sectional studies take place at a single point in time; researchers assess exposure and health outcomes at the same time.
  • Cross-sectional studies are conducted to determine the prevalence of diseases in the given time.
  • Cross-sectional studies are comparatively cheaper and less time-consuming.

Helpful Links, Videos and Online Courses



Online Courses

  • Cross-sectional Studies
    • In this Coursera course, presented by faculty from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, the Week 3 content reviews study designs, and compares cross-sectional study design with other observational study designs, and includes examples.
    • As with other Coursera courses, an account is required, but the content is free. If you would like to have a certificate of completion, there may be a small fee.
  • Cross-sectional Studies
    • A series of videos are available (free access) through this program on different types of research methods and statistics.

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