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Activity Number: 306
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Teaching of Statistics in the Health Sciences
Abstract - #305022
Title: Selecting Topics for an Introductory Biostatistics Course
Author(s): T. Ceesay*+
Companies: Merck
Address: PO Box 1000, North Wales, PA, 19454-1099, United States
Keywords: teaching biostatistics ; course topics ; data analysis

Choosing the content for an introductory graduate biostatistics course with contemporary statistical methodologies that can be used for research geared towards PhD students in the health and biological sciences is a challenging task. The goal of the course is to introduce students to contemporary elementary applied statistics and provide them with an appreciation for the uses of statistics in the health and biological sciences. It is imperative that in addition to fundamental statistical concepts, specific methodologies of student interest be incorporated into the course. Students come from a broad spectrum of disciplines such as sports medicine and bioengineering so the instructor must be cognizant that the students may have varying degrees of comfort executing quantitative analysis. The challenges and rewards associated with teaching introductory biostatistics using a core set of topics supplemented with some dynamic topics dictated by student interest will be discussed.

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