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Biostatistics Assignment 1

Title: Analysis of Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Data From the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2007

Student is asked to download and analyze one of three BRFSS metropolitan statistical area data files (limited to n=500 each; made available in Excel format) to answer basic statistical questions on HRQOL. This assignment is appropriate for intermediate-level students.

Activities
Student learns to import data files, examine distribution of key variables, collapse and recode variables, and perform and interpret basic statistical tests (t-test, ANOVA).

Materials Included

Biostatistics Assignment 2

Title: In-Class Group Discussion of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Data Analysis Assignment

This is a follow-up to assignment 1 consisting of a professor led, in-class discussion regarding the results of the first assignment. This assignment is appropriate for intermediate-level students.

Activities
Student learns to interpret calculations, discuss meaning in public health terms, and formulate hypotheses to explain HRQOL findings.

Materials Included

ASPH Competencies Addressed

  • Describe the roles biostatistics serves in the discipline of public health.
  • Apply descriptive techniques commonly used to summarize public health data.
  • Apply common statistical methods for inference.
  • Develop written and oral presentations on the basis of statistical analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences.
 
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