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Activity Number: 268
Type: Roundtables
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 : 7:00 AM to 8:15 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #300895
Title: Teach Statistical Literacy with Epidemiology!
Author(s): Daniel T. Kaplan*+
Companies: Macalester College
Address: 1600 Grand Ave., Saint Paul, MN, 55105, USA
Keywords: statistical literacy ; epidemiology ; education ; undergraduate
Abstract:

For the last two years, I have been teaching an undergraduate epidemiology course at Macalester College. It has no pre-requisites and, from the very beginning, was popular with students. Epidemiology provides a wonderful setting for teaching many important concepts relating to statistical literacy. The setting is very compelling to students and helps to inform both their professional choices and future personal health-care choices. Most of the issues that arise in statistical literacy courses are important in epidemiology, but it has a much more grounded notion of causation. In this round-table, I'll present the outline of the course, some of the quantitative and statistical activities we do, and the "Epidemiology 101" recommendations in the CCAS "Consensus Report on Public Health and Undergraduate Education." Then we can discuss how epidemiology might fit in at your own institution.


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