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The recommended math prerequisite is up through and including basic algebra including logarithms and the equation of a line.

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week...

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Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    Calculate continuous data measures

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    Interpret data visualizations

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    Analyze binary data

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    Analyze time to event data

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StatisticsNormal Distributionsummary measuresbinary data

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

The recommended math prerequisite is up through and including basic algebra including logarithms and the equation of a line.

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

The Role of Statistics in Public Health Research

Within this learning module, you will learn how statistics are used within public heath research. Topics covered include study design types, data types, and data summarization. You will complete a practice quiz before completing a graded quiz. ...
6 videos (Total 64 min), 1 quiz
6 videos
Introduction and Overview11m
Samples Versus Population11m
Considerations with Regard to Study Design22m
Data Types and Summarization8m
Additional Examples9m
1 practice exercise
Practice Quiz: The Role of Statistics in Public Health Research
4 hours to complete

Continuous Data Measures

Module two involves several lectures, a practice quiz and a graded quiz. Topics include summary statistics, visual displays, role of sample size, and continuous data. ...
6 videos (Total 88 min), 2 quizzes
6 videos
Useful Summary Statistics24m
Visual Displays16m
The Role of Sample Size on Sample Based Estimates16m
Comparing Distributions of Continuous Data16m
Additional Examples11m
2 practice exercises
Practice: Continuous Data Measuress
Continuous Data Measures20m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

The Normal Distribution

The focus of this module is on normal distribution. Topics covered include defining the standard normal distribution, and application of principles of normal distribution to sample data. There is a practice quiz where you can test your knowledge before completing the graded quiz. ...
5 videos (Total 75 min), 2 quizzes
5 videos
The Standard Normal Distribution Defined19m
Applying the Principles of the Normal Distribution to Sample Data to Estimate Characteristics of Population Data26m
What Happens When We Apply the Properties of the Normal Distribution to Data Not Approximately Normal: A Warning13m
Additional Examples12m
2 practice exercises
Practice: The Normal Distribution30m
The Normal Distributions
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Binary Data

Module four covers binary data and its significance. In addition to lectures, you will complete a practice quiz and a graded quiz. ...
6 videos (Total 78 min), 2 quizzes
6 videos
Binary Data: Definition and Summarization (Binomial Distribution, P-Hat, SD)11m
Comparing Distributions of Binary Data: Risk Difference and Relative Risk22m
Comparing Distributions of Binary Data: Odds Ratios16m
A Brief Note About Ratios (Will Also Be Revisited Later in the Course)12m
Additional Examples13m
2 practice exercises
Practice: Binary Data20m
Binary Datas
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Dealing with the Element of Time

In module five, you will explore how time is defined and studied in relation to data and learn about the Kaplan-Meir curve. In addition to a practice quiz, you will complete a graded quiz and project. ...
6 videos (Total 85 min), 2 quizzes
6 videos
Time to Event Data: Definition (Censoring) and Numerical Summary Measures (Incidence Rates)24m
Numerically Comparing Groups on Time to Event Outcomes11m
Summarizing Time-to-Event Data, Graphically27m
Graphically Comparing Groups on Time to Event Outcomes9m
Additional Examples10m
2 practice exercises
Practice: Dealing with the Element of Time
Dealing with Elements of Times
2 hours to complete

Course Project

During this module, you get the chance to demonstrate what you've learned by putting yourself in the shoes of biostatistical consultant on two different studies, one about asthma medication and the other about self-administration of injectable contraception. The two research teams have asked you to help them interpret previously published results in order to inform the planning of their own studies....
1 reading, 1 quiz
1 reading
Biostatistical Consulting Project30m
1 practice exercise
Course Project Quizs
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Top Reviews

By ARApr 28th 2019

This is a well structured content. The course is presented in the most simplest form to accommodate complete novices. I found it very educative, practical and lucidly intense.

By HPFeb 13th 2019

Dr. McGready did an excellent job putting abstract statistical terms and methods in plain languages (with good examples). I find this course very helpful!

Instructor

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John McGready, PhD, MS

Associate Scientist, Biostatistics
Bloomberg School of Public Health

About Johns Hopkins University

The mission of The Johns Hopkins University is to educate its students and cultivate their capacity for life-long learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world....

About the Biostatistics in Public Health Specialization

This specialization is intended for public health and healthcare professionals, researchers, data analysts, social workers, and others who need a comprehensive concepts-centric biostatistics primer. Those who complete the specialization will be able to read and respond to the scientific literature, including the Methods and Results sections, in public health, medicine, biological science, and related fields. Successful learners will also be prepared to participate as part of a research team....
Biostatistics in Public Health

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