Epidemiology & Biostatistics Online Course
This course provides an introduction to various epidemiological and biostatistical methods used in public health practice and research, with an emphasis on application of appropriate methods and interpretation of results.
- Public Health Education Major, PHE 101, PHE 102 and MATH 103, or with permission from instructor
- Online - Self-Paced Enroll Anytime
- EST. time to complete:
- 3 to 9 Months
- $384.88 per credit
About the Epidemiology & Biostatistics Course
This is a three credit hour course designed to provide students with an introduction to various epidemiological and biostatistical methods used in public health practice and research, with an emphasis on application of appropriate methods and interpretation of results. Examples and problems from public health settings will be included. Topics covered include methods of summarizing data and estimation and hypothesis testing techniques, including the t-test, the chi-square test, the analysis of variance, correlation analysis, and linear regression.
After successfully completing this course, students should be able to:
- Identify the main types of measurement scales, including quantitative, ordinal and categorical scales
- Describe the shape, location, and spread of sample distribution
- Compute measures of central tendency (mean, median, and mode) and variability (variance, standard deviation)
- Distinguish between discrete and continuous random variables
- Determine approximate probabilities for normal random variables
- Characterize the sampling distribution of a sample mean from a normal population
- Construct and interpret confidence intervals around means
- Perform and interpret one-sample, two-sample, and paired t-hypothesis tests on means
- Interpret the components of an analysis of variance and perform an F test to compare means
- Perform and interpret z-tests and chi-square tests of independence and homogeneity
Students have 3-9 months to complete 38 lessons. Although it is estimated that a quarter of students attending four-year colleges experience moderate of high levels of math anxiety, by following a sequential order that lets us build knowledge and skills, you'll create avenues for success in the course. The course content is organized sequentially, with content, and recordings, building as lessons continue. Each lesson contains links to video presentations, ancillary readings, and other instructional resources selected to enhance your learning experience and support the various topics. Assignments will be used to assess your comprehension and application of those materials. This course has 3 proctored exams. Lesson topics include:
- An Introduction to Biostatistics
- An Introduction to Epidemiological Study Designs
- Observational Studies: Case Report and Case Series Research
- Observational Studies: Cohort and Case-Control Study Design
- Cross-Sectional Research Study Design
- Defining Risk
- Experimental Studies: Randomized Control Trials
- Quantifying Disease: Prevalence
- Quantifying Disease: Incidence
- Comparing the Extent of Disease Between Groups
- Applied Biostatistics and Measurement Variables
- Measuring Dichotomous and Categorical Variables
- Measuring Ordinal Variables
- Measuring Continuous Variables: Mean, Variance, and Standard Deviation
- Measures of Central Tendency
- Sampling Techniques
- Basic and Conditional Probability
- Sensitivity, Specificity, and Independence
- Binomial Distribution
- Normal Distribution
- Normal Distribution and Z-Scores
- Percentiles of the Normal Distribution
- An Introduction to Confidence Intervals
- Calculating a Confidence Interval for a Mean
- Calculating a Confidence Interval for a Proportion
- Calculating a Confidence Interval for the Difference Between Two Means
- Calculating a Confidence Interval for Mean Differences and Crossover Trials
- Calculating a Confidence Interval for the Difference Between Proportions
- Introduction to Hypothesis Testing Procedures
- Applied Hypothesis Testing Procedures
- Hypothesis Testing for a Mean
- Hypothesis Testing for a Proportion
- Hypothesis Testing for Categorical and Ordinal Outcomes
- Hypothesis Testing for Differences Between Means
- Hypothesis Testing for Matched Samples
- Hypothesis Testing for Differences Between Proportions
- Hypothesis Testing for More than Two Means: Analysis of Variance
Required Textbook and Materials
Sullivan, L.M. (2018). Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health (3rd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc. ISBN: 9781284108194
How will the course appear on my transcript?
You may enroll at any time and have 3-9 months to complete this online course. The college credits you earn will be recorded on your transcript in the semester you register.
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