Course number 
UA 8300:604 
CSU MPH 604 
KSU PH 60104 
YSU MPH 904 
Course directors 
Office hours 
Phone 
Fax 

Andy Chang, PhD, (YSU) 
By appointment or email anytime 
(330) 7421818 
(330) 7423170 
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:
Required text book
Pagano M and Gauyreau K, Principles of Biostatistics (2000). Duxbury Press.
Optional materials
(For more detailed description, check the webpage http://www.spss.com/education/student.htm)
Additional readings to be available on ereserves.
Evaluation
Item 
Percentage 
Date Due 
Exam I (take home) Covers week 15 
25 
Posted 9/28/01 by 5:00p.m.; due 10/6/01 by 1 p.m. 
Exam II (take home) Covers week 610 
25 
Posted 11/9/01 by 5:00p.m.; due 11/17/01 by 1 p.m. 
Final (take home) 80% from week 1114 20% from other topics 
25 
Posted 12/7/01 by 5:00p.m.; due 12/15/01 by 1 p.m. 
Project, homework and lab 
25 
To be arranged 
Total 
100 

Grade Scale 

A 
90100 
B 
8089 
C 
7079 
D 
6069 
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) 

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) 

9/15/01 Week 3 
Theoretical Probability Distributions Sampling Distribution of the Mean Confidence Intervals 
Chapter 6.1, 7, 8 & 9 
Andy Chang (YSU) 

9/22/01 Week 4 
Hypothesis Testing Comparison of Two Means 
Chapter 10 & 11 
Andy Chang (YSU) 

9/29/01 Week 5 
BIOSTATISTICS LAB  ALL DAY AT YSU 
 
Andy Chang (YSU) 

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) 

10/20/01 Week 8 
Contingency Tables Multiple 2x2 Tables Correlation 
Chapter 15, 16 & 17 
Andy Chang (YSU) 

10/27/01 Week 9 
Simple Linear Regression Multiple Regression 
Chapter 18 & 19 
Andy Chang (YSU) 

11/3/01 Week 10 
Bayes’ Theorem, Screening tests and applications 
Chapter 6 
Nate Ritchey (YSU) 

11/10/01 Week 11 
BIOSTATISTICS LAB At central location (location TBA) 
 
Andy Chang (YSU) 

11/17/01 Week 12 
Logistic regression 
Chapter 20 
John Holcomb (CSU) 

11/24/01 
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY 
 
 

12/1/01 Week 13 
Survival analysis and applications 
Chapter 5 & 21 
Richard Steiner (UA) 

12/8/01 Week 14 
Using vital statistics in public health At NEOUCOM 
Assigned materials 
Neil Casey (Akron Health Department) Andy Chang (YSU) 

12/15/01 Week 15 
Review and discussion 
 
Andy Chang (YSU) 
Course faculty
Director: Andy Chang, PhD, Associate Professor
Work: (330) 7421818; Fax: (330) 7423170; Email: 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: 3303752988 x 4784; Fax: (330) 3752523; Email: caseyne@ci.akron.oh.us
Address: Akron Health Department, 177 South Broadway, Akron, OH 44308
John P. Holcomb, Jr., PhD, Assistant Professor
Work: (216)v5237157; Fax: (216) 5237340; Email: j.p.holcomb@csuohio.edu
Address: Department of Mathematics, Cleveland State University, 1860 East 22nd St. RT 1515, Cleveland, OH 441144435
Nathan Ritchey, PhD, Professor and Chair of Mathematics and Statistics Department
Work: (330) 7423302; Fax (330) 7423170; Email; nate@math.ysu.edu
Address: Youngstown State University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Youngstown, OH 44555
Richard Steiner, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor
Work: (330) 9728010; Fax: (330) 9722028; Email: rps@uakron.edu
Address: The University of Akron, Department of Statistics, Akron, OH 443251913