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Overview

Basic Biostatistics is a concise, introductory text that covers biostatistical principles and focuses on the common types of data encountered in public health and biomedical fields. The text puts equal emphasis on exploratory and confirmatory statistical methods. Sampling, exploratory data analysis, estimation, hypothesis testing, and power and precision are covered through detailed, illustrative examples.

The book is organized into three parts: Part I addresses basic concepts and techniques; Part II covers analytic techniques for quantitative response variables; and Part III covers techniques for categorical responses.

The Second Edition offers many new exercises.

With language, examples, and exercises that are accessible to students with modest mathematical backgrounds, this is the perfect introductory biostatistics text for undergraduates and graduates in various fields of public health.

Features:

Illustrative, relevant examples and exercises incorporated throughout the book.
Answers to odd-numbered exercises provided in the back of the book. (Instructors may requests answers to even-numbered exercises from the publisher.
Chapters are intentionally brief and limited in scope to allow for flexibility in the order of coverage.
Equal attention is given to manual calculations as well as the use of statistical software such as StaTable, SPSS, and WinPepi.
Comprehensive Companion Website with Student and Instructor's Resources.

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Reviewer: Samit Bhatheja, MD, MPH (East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine)
Description: This book on the basic principles of biostatistics concentrates on the types of data sets commonly used in public health and biomedical research, including sampling, data analysis, estimation, hypothesis testing, power calculation, and precision. The author is renowned in epidemiology and biostatistics.
Purpose: The purpose is not only to introduce the basic concepts of biostatistics, but also to make biostatistics easy to understand, even for students with modest mathematical backgrounds.
Audience: The intended audience includes public health students, medical students, health professionals, public health researchers, and biomedical researchers.
Features: The first part of the book explains the basic concepts and techniques in biostatistics (chapters 1-10). Then, it discusses various analytic techniques for quantitative responses (chapters 11-15). Part III (chapters 16-19) further describes techniques for categorical responses. The book uses illustrative examples, flow charts, and simple diagrams to help users quickly grasp the concepts and learn application. The book is supplemented with interactive practice exercises at a companion website. This book has been designed in a way that students with modest mathematical background can easily understand these concepts.
Assessment: This book provides an excellent understanding of basic concepts of biostatistics and their use as a tool for public health and biomedical research with easy to understand illustrative examples and interactive practice exercises. It is strongly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763781330
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Edition description: 1E
  • Pages: 557
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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