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Advanced Biostatistics Topics Seminar

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to accelerate the transition of Biostatistics PhD students into statistical/data science professionals with a joy for learning, teaching, and statistical practice and with the requisite skills to: (1) understand and think critically about statistical science principles, theory, and methods; (2) design, execute, and interpret the evidence from scientific studies within a collaborative team; and (3) communicate in writing and orally about statistical/data science to diverse audiences.

The course consists of rotating topics from a variety of theory and application areas. Topics are arranged into 4-week or 8-week long modules. Each academic term consists of one or two modules. Students register for the course on a term-basis. If a term contains two modules, registered students are required to take both modules. Students earn 2 credits for each term. The teaching format may vary depending on the topic and instructor. 

Learning Objectives

A student who successfully completes this seminar course will be able to:

  1. Identify key papers that address a question in statistical theory, methods or practice related to the discussed topic
  2. Write and present a coherent summary of these papers for a technical or non-technical audience.
  3. Identify questions that remain unanswered that might be worthy of further inquiry
  4. Formulate and articulate questions about this topic
  5. Identify key papers that provide background about a substantive research question
  6. Develop sufficient understanding of the topic to write or present about it to a non-technical audience and to formulate and ask questions to a technical expert.
  7. Formulate the substantive question in statistical terms so that quantitative evidence can be used to address it.
  8. Conduct appropriate statistical analyses to address the question.
  9. Communicate in writing and orally the question, the design of the analysis used to address it, the findings, and their meaning.

Course Topics

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