MED268: Statistics Concepts for Biomedical Research

Course Director: Lucila Ohno-Machado, M.D., Ph.D., and  Michael Walker, Ph.D.

When and Where: 

  • 2018 Fall quarter, Monday and Wednesday, September 28 - December 8, 2018.  1:00 to 2:50 p.m., in BRF2 4A03 on all dates, except 11/19/18 and 11/28/18, when the class will be held in BRF2-1104.

Office Hours: After class and by appointment

Course Overview
This course introduces statistical concepts and analysis methods for biomedical research. Topics include descriptive statistics, t-tests, analysis of variance, correlation, regression, power and sample size, factorial experiment design, logistic regression and survival analysis. Examples are drawn from basic and clinical research. Concepts are illustrated through in-class exercises and biomedical literature. Students will use the R programming language to perform statistical analyses. No prior background in statistics or programming us assumed.

Grading Policies
Course grades will be based on:

      Homework and class exercises: 20%
      Midterm exam: 20%
      Final exam: 60%

Textbook: "OpenIntro Statistics" by David M Diez, Christopher D Barr, Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel.
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