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Biostatistics and Statistical Methods for Human Health

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This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills in application, evaluation, analysis, and interpretation of biostatistical data used to inform public health programs, policy, and practice. View the online video, "Careers in Biostatistics." The video describes the education that a professional biostatistician receives at the University of North Carolina. More than likely you will be working with professional biostatisticians. Why is it important for you to take this course in biostatistics?

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Biostatistic is use to develop statistical methods and apply them to help human health. Biostatistic is using statistics to improve human health. Using biostatistics, one can describe and quantify the relationship between exposure and health outcomes. Biostatistics used statistics to address important public health issues. Studies that use biostatistic methods are breastfeeding by HIV positive mother associated with infant mortality. Questions that biostatistician asked: "Is hormone replacement therapy associated with heart disease or stroke? "Do patients taking Vioxx have increased risk of stroke? "How are MRI brain scans for patients different from people without the disease"? Other studies and questions that use biostatistical ...

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Biostatistics are used to develop statistical methods and apply them to help human health. Using biostatistics, one can describe and quantify the relationship between exposure and health outcomes. Biostatistics is a growing and rewarding field in the next ten years.

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