BIOSTATISTICS & PROBABILITY
Course Number: OSH 637
Credit Hours: 3
Bassam H. Atieh, Sc.D.
Biostatistics and Probability
Course Description and Prerequisite(s)
The study and application of biostatistics and probability distributions in environmental and
health related sampling. Emphasis is given to hypothesis testing and graphical determination of
confidence intervals. This course will also cover the use of log scales and their application in
log-normal distributions. This course is offered to graduate students only.
Prerequisites: MAT 135 or PSY 300, or instructor's approval.
By the end of this course:
- Students will be able to choose the appropriate method to analyze collected data.
- Students will be able to graphically analyze data and draw conclusions.
- Students will be able to apply statistics in health science related fields, and to determine
employers' compliance with OSHA standards and guidelines.
A. CONCEPTS OF BASIC STATISTICS
- Organizing and Summary Data
- Describing Samples & Populations
- Probability Models & Distributions
- The Normal Distribution Model
- The Binomial Model
- The Poisson Distribution
- Normal Distributions & Normal Approximation of Binomials
- Estimation and Confidence Intervals
- Hypothesis Testing
- Comparing Two Populations
- Prediction & Association
- Simple Linear Regression and Correlation
- Chi Square Distribution and Analysis of Frequencies
- Analysis of Variance
- Introduction to Nonparametric Statistics
- Sampling Theory
- Errors in Experimental Design
- Statistics and Research
FINAL EXAM (COMPREHENSIVE)
B. APPLICATION OF STATISTICS IN INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE AND HEALTH SCIENCES
- OSHA Injury and Fatality Rates
- Particle and Fiber Size Distributions
- Distributions of Environmental Samples
- Normal Distribution (laboratory experimental errors)
- Log-Normal Distribution (concentrations collected from environmental samples)
- Poisson's Distribution (particles and fibers counting)
- Binomial Distribution (determining OSHA's recommended number of workers to
sample from a given worker population)
- Case studies
Field, Clinical, and/or Laboratory Experiences
Text(s) and Resources (Recommended)
- Brockett and Levine, Statistics & Probability and Their Applications, Saunders College Publishing.
- Daniel W. Wayne, Biostatistics: The Foundations of Statistical Analysis for Health Sciences.
5th. Edition, Wiley Publishing Co.
- Pagano M. and K. Gauvreau, Principles of Biostatistics. Duxbury Press, Belmont, California.
- Handouts by topic/subject when applicable.
Evaluation and Grading Procedures
- Homework: 30%
- Mid-term exam: 35%
- Final exam: 35%
Final Course Grade
A = 94-100
B = 85-93
C = 75-84
E ≤ 74
- Attendance is required.
- Unexcused absences may affect your final grade for the course.
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