Biostatistics for Credit - a 1 week preview
This one-week preview courses includes a selection of materials from Biostatistics 1 and covers the topics of medical uncertainty and probability, sensitivity-specificity and predictive values of medical tests.
The session is also intended as a preview and illustration of how courses operate at The Institute for Statistics Education.
WEEK 1: Probability in Health and Medicine
- Medical uncertainties and probability
- Elementary laws of probability
- Bayes' Rule
- Sensitivity-specificity of a medical test
- Positive and negative predictive value
- Effect of prevalence
Homework in this course consists of short answer problems, and includes exercises that require the use of computer software.
This course also has supplemental readings available online.
This non-mathematical course is specially designed for medical and health professionals who deal with medical data and want to acquire some statistical skills, and anyone considering taking a course at Statistics.com who wants to see how our courses operate.
You should be familiar with introductory statistics. Try these self tests to check your knowledge.
This course takes place online at the Institute for 1 weeks. During each course week, you participate at times of your own choosing - there are no set times when you must be online. Course participants will be given access to a private discussion board. In class discussions led by the instructor, you can post questions, seek clarification, and interact with your fellow students and the instructor.
At the beginning of each week, you receive the relevant material, in addition to answers to exercises from the previous session. During the week, you are expected to go over the course materials, work through exercises, and submit answers. Discussion among participants is encouraged. The instructor will provide answers and comments, and at the end of the week, you will receive individual feedback on your homework answers.
About 15 hours per week, at times of your choosing.
- No credit - You may be interested only in learning the material presented, and not be concerned with grades or a record of completion.
- Certificate - You may be enrolled in PASS (Programs in Analytics and Statistical Studies) that requires demonstration of proficiency in the subject, in which case your work will be assessed for a grade.
- CEUs and/or proof of completion - You may require a "Record of Course Completion," along with professional development credit in the form of Continuing Education Units (CEU's). For those successfully completing the course, CEU's and a record of course completion will be issued by The Institute, upon request.
- Other options - Statistics.com Specializations, INFORMS CAP recognition, and academic (college) credit are available for some Statistics.com courses
The course text is Medical Biostatistics, third ed., by Abhaya Indrayan. Selections from the text will be provided online during the session.
This is a 1-week preivew course, designed it so that you can complete most of this course and answer some of the exercises without using software. However, software is an essential part of statistical work, so the use of software is discussed in the readings and exercises. If you want to use software, we recommend using the 15 day trial of MedCalc software.
Course Fee: $99
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