BMI 551 Introduction to Biostatistics for Population Health (cross-listed with Population Health Sciences)

Fall - 3

The course provides research-oriented students in the population health program with a thorough grounding in basic probability and statistics. An understanding of the procedures and applications to population health problems are stressed. The following topics are covered: descriptive statistics and graphical methods, elementary probability, elementary properties of random variables, binomial distribution, Poisson distribution, normal distribution, Central Limit Theorem, normal approximations to the binomial and Poisson, one-sample inference for the normal mean and variance, one-sample inference for the binomial and Poisson, paired t-test, two-sample t-test, two-sample tests for binomial data, measures of effect for binomial data (odds ratio, relative risk, risk difference) and power and sample size calculations.