Biostatistics Preview

Biostatistics for Credit - a 1 week preview

Aim of Course:

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. 

FREE: Our 1-week preview covers medical uncertainties and probability, elementary laws of probability, Bayes' rule, sensitivity-specificity of a medical test, and positive and negative predictive value. Sign up here and we will send details and a code for a full waiver of the $99 course fee.
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Course Program:

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.


Biostatistics Preview

Who Should Take This Course:
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 who wants to see how our courses operate.
You should be familiar with introductory statistics.  Try these self tests to check your knowledge.
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Course Text:
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 prevew 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.



July 26, 2019 to August 02, 2019

Biostatistics Preview


July 26, 2019 to August 02, 2019

Course Fee: $99

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