140.623.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 4 Credit(s)
TTh 10:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Marie Diener-West
    John McGready
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Use statistical reasoning to formulate public health questions in quantitative terms 1.1 Critique a proposed public health hypothesis to determine its suitability for testing using regression methods and the available data; 1.2 Formulate and correctly interpret a multivariable linear, logistic or survival regression model to estimate a health effect while minimizing confounding and identifying possible effect modification; 1.3 Evaluate the limitations of observational data as evidence for a health effect; 1.4 Appreciate the importance of relying upon many regression models to capture the relationships among a response and predictor in observational studies
    • Conduct statistical computations and construct graphical and tabular displays for regression analysis 2.1 Use the statistical analysis package Stata to perform multivariable regression models; 2.2 Document and archive the steps of your statistical analysis by creating a Stata do-file; 2.3 Create and interpret scatter-plots and adjusted variable plots that display the relationships among an outcome and multiple risk factors; 2.4 Create and interpret tables of regression results including unadjusted and adjusted estimates of coefficients with confidence intervals from many models
    • Use probability models to describe trends and random variation in public health data 3.1 Distinguish between the underlying probability distributions for modeling continuous, categorical, binary and time-to-event data; 3.2 Recognize the key assumptions underlying a multivariable regression model and judge whether departures in a particular application warrant consultation with a statistical expert
    • Use statistical methods for inference in multiple regression to draw valid public health inferences from data [4.1 Conduct a simple linear, logistic or survival regression and correctly interpret the regression coefficients and their confidence interval.
  • Course Description
    Presents use of generalized linear models for quantitative analysis of data encountered in public health and medicine. Specific models include analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, multiple linear regression, logistic regression, and Cox regression.
  • Intended Audience
    Non-Biostatistics students
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on problem sets and exams.
  • Prerequisites
  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Recommended: Lawrence C. Hamilton. Statistics with Stata 10, Duxbury, Pacific Grove, California

    Recommended: Bernard Rosner. Foundations of Biostatistics.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)
    To provide an introduction to the basic concepts and methods for regression models as applied to public health and medicine. Models emphasized include multiple linear regression, analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, logistic regression, and survival analysis. Emphasis on developing data analysis skills. Includes the analysis of several datasets throughout the course.
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