Essentials Of Biostatistics In Public Health / Edition 2

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Overview

Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health, Second Edition provides a fundamental and engaging background for students learning to apply and appropriately interpret biostatistics applications in the field of public health.

Many examples are drawn directly from the author’s remarkable clinical experiences with the renowned Framingham Heart Study, making this text practical, interesting, and accessible for those with little mathematical background. The examples are real, relevant, and manageable in size so that students can easily focus on applications rather than become overwhelmed by computations.
The text is accompanied by an online workbook: Statistical Computing Using Microsoft Excel (for Mac or PC).
New Features of the Second Edition:

• Learning objectives and more practice problems for every chapter
• A new chapter on survival analysis
• A new chapter on nonparametric statistics
• Coverage of sensitivity, specificity, and performance of screening tests connecting probability to real and important applications
• An expansion of the chapter on multivariable methods with more emphasis on interpretation of multivariable regression
• A bank of questions for the audience response system (“clickers”) for instructors

Looking for more real-life evidence? Check out Case 4 in Essential Case Studies in Public Health, Putting Public Health into Practice.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: James C. Torner, PhD, MS (University of Iowa College of Public Health)
Description: This book presents the challenging topics of a traditional introductory biostatistics courses in an approachable manner to help students understand the quantification of health measures and their analysis. The access to the publisher's website is a plus.
Purpose: Designed to introduce analytical concepts and framework, the book exposes students to calculations and analytical problems. Workbooks available through the website use common software to facilitate learning.
Audience: This book is suitable for students beginning in public health. The material is presented at the applied level so undergraduate and graduate students in public health should be able to handle the book with basic algebra. Biostatistics students may not find the statistical depth they need. The written description of methods provides a suitable balance to the analytical methods.
Features: Basic study designs and measures of incidence and prevalence lay the foundation for data collection and description. The probability chapter covers basic concepts and does not put the material in context of application. The analysis chapters describe confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. The topics of power and sample size, multivariable methods, nonparametric testing, and survival analysis are not usually presented in beginning courses.
Assessment: The major highlights of this book are its readability and linkage of concepts, methods, and examples. Examples draw on a few studies such as the Framingham Heart Study to illustrate methods. There are many study guides and introductory biostatistics and epidemiology books, this one provides added value with its format, topics, and linkage to the publisher site with added materials such as workbooks, flashcards, and videos. This book should provide students with the basic competency they need.
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Reviewer: James C. Torner, MS, PhD(University of Iowa College of Public Health)
Description: This book presents the challenging topics of a traditional introductory biostatistics courses in an approachable manner to help students understand the quantification of health measures and their analysis. The access to the publisher's website is a plus.
Purpose: Designed to introduce analytical concepts and framework, the book exposes students to calculations and analytical problems. Workbooks available through the website use common software to facilitate learning.
Audience: This book is suitable for students beginning in public health. The material is presented at the applied level so undergraduate and graduate students in public health should be able to handle the book with basic algebra. Biostatistics students may not find the statistical depth they need. The written description of methods provides a suitable balance to the analytical methods.
Features: Basic study designs and measures of incidence and prevalence lay the foundation for data collection and description. The probability chapter covers basic concepts and does not put the material in context of application. The analysis chapters describe confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. The topics of power and sample size, multivariable methods, nonparametric testing, and survival analysis are not usually presented in beginning courses.
Assessment: The major highlights of this book are its readability and linkage of concepts, methods, and examples. Examples draw on a few studies such as the Framingham Heart Study to illustrate methods. There are many study guides and introductory biostatistics and epidemiology books, this one provides added value with its format, topics, and linkage to the publisher site with added materials such as workbooks, flashcards, and videos. This book should provide students with the basic competency they need.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449623944
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 3/24/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 52,432
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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