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CHS 623: Biostatistics Fall 2012

Instructor Information: Danielle Fastring, PhD, MS, MPH
Dept Community Health Sciences
Office Address: 108 North 31st Avenue
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
E-mail: Danielle.Fastring@usm.edu

Time and Place: Monday 3:30 – 6:15 FG113

Text: Daniel, W. W. (2009). Biostatistics: A Foundation for Analysis in the Health Sciences, 9th edition. NY: John Wiley & Sons.

Course Description: This course is designed to give students the basic skills to organize and summarize data, as well as an introduction to the fundamental principles and application of statistical inference. The course emphasizes an understanding of statistical concepts, and interpretation of descriptive statistics along with application of basic (bivariate) analysis methods (e.g., t-test, chi square, ANOVA).

Competencies: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Describe the role of biostatistics serves in the discipline of public health 2. Describe basic statistical concepts and commonly used statistical probability distributions 3. Distinguish among the different measurement scales and their uses in selecting statistical methods 4. Apply descriptive techniques commonly used to summarize public health data 5. Apply common bivariate statistical methods for inference 6. Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public health studies 7. Understand and perform sample size estimation for quantitative and qualitative data

Teaching/Learning Methods:
The material in this course is presented in the form of weekly lectures. Each lecture consists of:
Powerpoint presentation
Example problems with detailed solutions
Practice problems for the student to master
Reading assignment for the following week

Scientific Calculator: You will need a scientific calculator. Any calculator will suffice so long as it has a square root function and a factorial function. (Most students find the TI-30XII easy to use). IF YOU DO NOT BRING A SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR TO THE EXAM YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE THE EXAM.

ADA policy: If a student has a disability that qualifies under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and requires accommodations, he/she should contact the Office for Disability Accommodations (ODA) for information on appropriate policies and procedures. Disabilities covered by ADA may include learning, psychiatric, physical disabilities, or chronic health disorders. Students can contact ODA if they are not certain whether a medical condition/ disability qualifies. Box 8586; Telephone (601) 266-5024; TTY (601) 266-6837; Fax (601) 266-6035

Grading policy: Possible Points
95 - 100% AExam 1 10/1100 pts
90 - 94% A –Exam 2 11/5100 pts
87 - 89%B + Exam 3 12/3100 pts
84 - 86%B Article Review 10/29 25 pts
80 - 83%B – Data Project 12/10 25 pts
77 - 79%C +Final Exam (optional) 12/10 Replaces Lowest Test Grade 74 – 76%C
70 – 73% C –
64 - 69% D
Below 64%: F

Exams: Exams will consist of multiple choice questions, short answer questions, and calculations. A Scientific Calculator for the exam is mandatory. Test material will be taken from the textbook and lectures. Problems will be similar to those reviewed during class and those assigned as homework. There will be no makeup exams given. If you miss an exam and the absence is excused due to a verifiable death in your immediate family or a personal (severe) illness, you will have to take the comprehensive final. Otherwise the comprehensive final is optional. The comprehensive final can also be used to replace a low test grade.

Article Review: You will be assigned an article to summarize and critique that pertains to material being discussed in class. More information will be provided in class when the assignment is distributed. 25 pts

Data Project: You will be given a data...
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