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Department: Extradepartmental
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014

Introduces students to the basic concepts of biostatistics and epidemiology as applied to public health problems. Emphasizes descriptive statistics, probability concepts, and methodology used in the conduct of epidemiologic studies. Topics include appropriate summary measures of morbidity and mortality, direct and indirect methods of adjustment, abridged and clinical life tables, and measures of association. Presents various epidemiologic study designs used to investigate associations between risk factors and diseases outcomes, culminating with criteria for casual inferences. Provides examples of applications of epidemiologic and biostatistical methods in health services, genetics and public policy.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Distinguish the roles and relationships between epidemiology and biostatistics in the prevention of disease and the improvement of health
Compute basic descriptive statistics and explore data analytic methods
Demonstrate a basic Discussing of epidemiologic methods and study design
Combine appropriate epidemiological concepts and statistical methods
Perform exploratory data analysis using descriptive statistics
Evaluate morbidity and mortality using ratios, proportions, and rates
Perform direct and indirect methods of adjustment of overall rates
Construct life tables in epidemiologic studies
Recognize the assumptions associated with construction of a life table
Calculate probabilities and conditional probabilities of health-related events
Calculate sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values
Recognize and describe the elements in the design and conduct of a randomized clinical trial, a cohort study, a case-control study, and a cross-sectional study
Calculate measures of association in identifying risk factors of diseases
Calculate a chi-square statistic to test the significance of a measure of association and interpret it using probability concepts
Identify biases and their consequences in published literature

Methods of Assessment: Individual homework and group assignments and examinations.
Location: Internet
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Restriction: No auditors permitted.
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Special student-limited or regular requires instructor consent.

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Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With:
Special Comments: This is a multi-term course. Grades are given upon completion of the second part: 550 695.81.