PHCO 0504: Introduction to Biostatistics

Course Descripton and Competencies:
This course provides an introduction to biostatistical concepts and methods commonly encountered by public health professionals. Students are also expected to complete several computer-based exercises for this course. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the roles biostatistics serves in the discipline of public health.
  • Distinguish among the different measurement scales and the implications for selection of statistical methods to be used based on these distinctions.
  • Apply descriptive techniques commonly used to summarize public health data
  • Describe basic concepts of probability, random variation and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  • Apply common statistical methods for inference.
  • Describe preferred methodological alternatives to commonly used statistical methods when assumptions are not met.
  • Apply descriptive and inferential methodologies according to the type of study design for answering a particular research question.
  • Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public health studies.
  • Develop written presentations based on statistical analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences.
  • Use statistical software to manage data and perform analyses.
  • Understand the appropriate study designs for answering particular research questions, taking into account population characteristics.

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