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Week 4 Notes: Biostatistics

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Week 4 Notes: Biostatistics 620

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This week we had a lecture about the field of biostatistics. Our lecturer was Dr. Jane Monaco and a grad from the PhD program at UNC. She talked about all of the adjectives that describe biostatist...
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Date Created: 09/16/16
SPHG 620 Week 4 Biostatistics Lecture 9/15/2016 Dr. Jane Monaco- Director of undergrad program in Biostatistics Biostatistics:  Computer work  All math  Directly applicable  Pertinent  High impact  Rewarding  Practical -Statistics applied to health sciences Determine if the exposure is associated with health outcome Exposure  ??  health outcome -Communicate the results -“Data storytellers” All kinds of studies use biostatistical methods (HIV mothers breasting, infant mortality? Etc.) Pertinent: Ex 1) Huffington post: “Sober people make drinkers feel drunker” -Biostatisticians deal with the methods, analysis, and relaying the information -Table and figure people Ex 2) Today’s New England Journal of Medicine: “Intensive BP Lowering in Patients with Acute Cerebral Hemorrhage” -Statistical Analysis is a huge part of work Ex 3) Today’s New England Journal of Medicine: “Prostate Cancer Treatment Doesn’t save more lives” (Time) and “All Prostate Cancer Treatments about Equally Effective Study Finds” (NBC) - Found that there is not a great difference of outcomes between different treatments of prostate cancer There may be more statistics in the health care news and in the topics you are interested in, than you realize High Impact: Typical actitivities: - Sample size requirements - Analysis plans- grant writing - Randomization - Sampling design - Interim analysis - Final analysis- descriptive and inferential statistics - Reporting/writing -Among med students, 75% said they did not understand all of the stats they read in their materials. -95% med students felt that it was important to understand the stats to understand the material. -Collaborative- with other biostatisticians and lab researchers -Takes numbers and turns them into a story Field is growing a ton Plenty of job opportunity Contact Research Organizatist (CRO) -Lots of grads go here 1 year out -Ex: Quintiles, Harvard CBAR, Duke clinical Research Institute, Research Triangle Institute, etc. Classes needed before going into biostatistics- math major- discrete, real analysis, inference, linear algebra, Salary: masters in biostats- median $105,900 Masters in stats- $113,700


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