Biostatistics: An Applied Introduction for the Public Health Practitioner

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Cengage Learning, Aug 17, 2011 - Education - 608 pages
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BIOSTATISTICS: AN APPLIED INTRODUCTION FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTITIONER is designed to help public health researchers, practitioners, and students understand and apply essential biostatistics concepts. This innovative new text emphasizes real-world public health problems and the research questions they inspire. This text provides a unique introduction to statistical concepts and methods used by working professionals during investigations. Unlike other texts that assume a strong knowledge of mathematics or rely heavily on formulas, BIOSTATISTICS consistently emphasizes the public health context, making even complex material both accessible and relevant. The first chapter introduces common statistical terminology by explaining them in clear language, while subsequent chapters explore the most useful and versatile statistical methods for a variety of public health research questions. For each type of question, the author presents a range of applicable methods, from descriptions of data to simple statistical tests, generalized linear models, and multiple variable regression. The text's step-by-step coverage of fundamental concepts is perfect for students new to the field, but its depth and detail also make it ideal for two-course series in M.P.H. or M.H.A. programs, or for working professionals. Readers at all stages of their professional lives can draw on this invaluable resource to help them interpret and conduct statistical studies and support effective evidence-based practice.
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Using this Text to Implement Data Analysis in Public Health
About the Series
About the Author
An Overview of Statistical Concepts
Continuous Data Making Comparisons
Continuous Data Correlation and Regression
A Dichotomous Outcome Confounding Regression
Count Data
TimetoEvent Analysis
Additional Topics
Glossary of Key Terms

Categorical Data Comparisons and Associations

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About the author (2011)

Heather M. Bush, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. In addition to teaching in the M.P.H., Dr.P.H., and Ph.D. programs, Dr. Bush provides guest lectures in introductory biostatistics and collaborates on a variety of projects in the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health, Behavioral Sciences, and Health Sciences. She also has a successful track record of collaborating with, advising, and teaching researchers and other established professionals. Dr. Bush received the Golden Apple Award for teaching in the College of Public Health in 2008 and the Provost's Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009. Before joining the UK faculty, she served as a senior biostatistician for disease and product registries in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Bush is also a member of the steering committee and serves as the primary biostatistician for the Kentucky Women's Health Registry.

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