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Abstract #304012

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Activity Number: 74
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Sunday, August 7, 2005 : 8:00 PM to 9:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Teaching Statistics in the Health Sciences
Abstract - #304012
Title: Examples of Student Projects Using Historical Health Statistics
Author(s): S. David Kriska*+ and Marcia M. Sass and Mark C. Fulcomer and Ann E. Jones and Brian T. Little and Michael W. Holton and Jallah M. Kennedy
Companies: Restat Systems, Inc. and UMDNJ School of Public Health and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and UMDNJ School of Public Health and UMDNJ School of Public Health and Harvard School of Public Health and UMDNJ School of Public Health
Address: 2570 Sherwood Road, Bexley, OH, 43209,
Keywords: health statistics ; teaching ; bibliographies ; infant mortality ; health policy ; epidemiology

Using sources first introduced in 1999, this presentation provides several noteworthy examples of student projects that have resulted. Described earlier (Fulcomer et al. 1994), the sources include two large bibliographies (discriminant functions/classification and infant mortality) and an electronic archive of New Jersey health statistics reports from 1877 to 2000 that covers more than 45,000 pages in 131 documents. Using a formal article review process, students augment these sources with other articles. The student projects briefly summarized here include: (1) preventing infant mortality through vaccination; (2) the impact of milk safety on infant mortality; (3) historical depictions of the geographic dispersions of diseases; (4) a critical review of risk factors for infant mortality from an international and historical perspective; (5) a history of the reporting of fetal deaths; and (6) the influence of maternal age on fetal mortality. Because they utilize highly readable accounts of pioneering efforts to improve the health of populations through the application of statistical methods and data, the projects provide exposures to "real" problems.

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