Course number

UA 8300:604

CSU MPH 604

KSU PH 60104

YSU MPH 904

Course directors

Office hours

Phone

Fax

E-mail

Andy Chang, PhD, (YSU)

By appointment or e-mail anytime

(330) 742-1818

(330) 742-3170

chang@math.ysu.edu

 

Meeting dates

Special dates

Class meeting times

8/25/01, 9/8/01, 9/15/01, 9/22/01, 9/29/01, 10/13/01, 10/20/01, 10/27/01, 11/3/01, 11/10/01, 11/17/01, 12/1/01, 12/8/01, 12/15/01

9/1/01—Labor Day holiday

11/24/01—Thanksgiving holiday

9/29/01—All day at YSU computer lab

10/6/01—No biostatistics class; all day with Public Health Concepts

11/10/01—Half day biostatistics lab (central location TBA)

12/8/01—At NEOUCOM

Course Overview

This course will cover principles of biostatistics in the context of public health applications. Statistical package SPSS and Excel will be used.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. Explain the basic concepts of descriptive and inferential biostatistics.
  2. Select appropriate study designs and statistical methods for public health problems.
  3. Use statistical software to analyze public health data.
  4. Interpret results of biostatistical analysis.
  5. Apply biostatistical methods to quantify and propose solutions to public health problems.
  6. Identify and retrieve current relevant scientific evidence.

Required text book

Pagano M and Gauyreau K, Principles of Biostatistics (2000). Duxbury Press.

Optional materials

Evaluation

Item

Percentage

Date Due

Exam I (take home)

Covers week 1-5

25

Posted 9/26/01 by noon; due 10/3/01 by 5 p.m.

Exam II (take home)

Covers week 6-10

25

Posted 11/7/01 by noon; due 11/14/01 by 5 p.m.

Final (take home)

80% from week 11-14

20% from other topics

25

Posted 12/5/01 by noon; due 12/12/01 by 5 p.m.

Project, homework and lab

25

To be arranged

Total

100

 

Scale

A

90-100

B

80-89

C

70-79

D

60-69

F

below 60

Course Schedule

Date

Subject

Reading assignment

Instructor

Minimum Competencies

8/25/01

Week 1

Introduction & Overview

Chapter 1, 2 & 3

Andy Chang (YSU)

Entire course: 1A, 1B, 1D, 1E, 1H, 1K, 3A, 6F, 6H

9/1/01

NO CLASS - LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

-

-

-

9/8/01

Week 2

Data Presentation – Data type, tables and graphs

Numerical Summary Measures

Rates and Standardization & Sampling Theory

Chapter 2, 3, 4 & 22

Andy Chang (YSU)

3F, 6D, 6E

9/15/01

Week 3

Theoretical Probability Distributions

Sampling Distribution of the Mean

Confidence Intervals

Chapter 6.1, 7, 8 & 9

Andy Chang (YSU)

6D, 6E

9/22/01

Week 4

Hypothesis Testing

Comparison of Two Means

Chapter 10 & 11

Andy Chang (YSU)

6D, 6E

9/29/01

Week 5

BIOSTATISTICS LAB - ALL DAY AT YSU

-

Andy Chang (YSU)

6D, 6E, 1J

10/6/01

Week 6

ALL DAY WITH PUBLIC HEALTH CONCEPTS

-

Andy Chang (YSU)

-

10/13/01

Week 7

Analysis of Variance

Inference on Proportions

Chapter 12 & 14

Andy Chang (YSU)

6D, 6E

10/20/01

Week 8

Contingency Tables

Multiple 2x2 Tables

Correlation

Chapter 15, 16 & 17

Andy Chang (YSU)

6D, 6E

10/27/01

Week 9

Simple Linear Regression

Multiple Regression

Chapter 18 & 19

Andy Chang (YSU)

6D, 6E

11/3/01

Week 10

Bayes’ Theorem, Screening tests and applications

Chapter 6

Nate Ritchey (YSU)

6D, 6E

11/10/01

Week 11

BIOSTATISTICS LAB

At central location (location TBA)

-

Andy Chang (YSU)

6D, 6E, 1J

11/17/01

Week 12

Logistic regression

Chapter 20

John Holcomb (CSU)

6D, 6E

11/24/01

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

-

-

-

12/1/01

Week 13

Survival analysis and applications

Chapter 5 & 21

Richard Steiner (UA)

6D, 6E

12/8/01

Week 14

Using vital statistics in public health

At NEOUCOM

Assigned materials

Neil Casey (Akron Health Department)

Andy Chang (YSU)

6E

12/15/01

Week 15

Review and discussion

-

Andy Chang (YSU)

-

Course faculty

Director: Andy Chang, PhD, Associate Professor
Work: (330) 742-1818; Fax: (330) 742-3170; E-mail: chang@math.ysu.edu; Webpage: http://www.cis.ysu.edu/~chang/
Address: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH 44555

Neil Casey, BA, MS, Health Data Management Manager

Work: 330-375-2988 x 4784; Fax: (330) 375-2523; E-mail: caseyne@ci.akron.oh.us

Address: Akron Health Department, 177 South Broadway, Akron, OH 44308

John P. Holcomb, Jr., PhD, Assistant Professor

Work: (216)v523-7157; Fax: (216) 523-7340; E-mail: holcomb@csuohio.edu

Address: Department of Mathematics, Cleveland State University, 1860 East 22nd St. RT 1515, Cleveland, OH 44114-4435

Nathan Ritchey, PhD, Professor and Chair of Mathematics and Statistics Department

Work: (330) 742-3302; Fax (330) 742-3170; E-mail; nate@math.ysu.edu

Address: Youngstown State University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Youngstown, OH 44555

Richard Steiner, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor

Work: (330) 972-8010; Fax: (330) 972-2028; E-mail: rps@uakron.edu

Address: The University of Akron, Department of Statistics, Akron, OH 44325-1913