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BIOS 806 BIOSTATISTICS I 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include types of data, descriptive statistics and plots, theoretical distributions, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and one-way analysis of variance. A brief introduction to correlation and univariate linear regression will also be given. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design and analysis of biomedical or public health studies; not intended for Ph.D. students enrolled in the Biostatistics Graduate Program.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 3 Credit Hours-Synchronous Classroom; Contact Hours (weekly): Lecture-3 Hours, Out of Class-6-12 Hours

Cross List: CPH 506

Typically Offered: FALL

BIOS 808 BIOSTATISTICS II 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply advanced biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include multiple linear regression, analysis of covariance, logistic regression, and survival analysis. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design and analysis of biomedical or public health studies; not intended for Ph.D. students enrolled in the Biostatistics Graduate Program.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 3 Credit Hours-Synchronous Classroom; Contact Hours (weekly): Lecture-3 Hours, Out of Class-6-12 Hours

Prerequisite:  BIOS 806 or an equivalent statistics course.

Cross List: CPH 650

Typically Offered: SPRING

BIOS 810 INTRO SAS PROGRAMMING 3 Credit Hours

An introduction to programming for statistical and epidemiologic analysis using the SAS Software System. Students will learn to access data from a variety of sources (e.g. the web, Excel, SPSS, data entry) and create SAS datasets. Data management and data processing skills, including concatenation, merging, and sub-setting data, as well as data restructuring and new variable construction using arrays and SAS functions will be taught. Descriptive analysis and graphical presentation will be covered. Concepts and programming skills needed for the analysis of case-control studies, cohort studies, surveys, and experimental trials will be stressed. Simple procedures for data verification, data encryption, and quality control of data will be discussed. Accessing data and summary statistics on the web will be explored. Through in-class exercises and homework assignments, students will apply basic informatics techniques to vital statistics and public health databases to describe public health characteristics and to evaluate public health programs or policies. Laboratory exercises, homework assignments, and a final project will be used to reinforce the topics covered in class. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in learning SAS programming and accessing and analyzing public use datasets from the web.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 3 Credit Hours-Synchronous Classroom; Contact Hours (weekly): Lecture-3 Hours, Out of Class-6-12 Hours

Prerequisite:  BIOS 806/CPH 506 or an equivalent introductory statistics course; EPI 821/CPH 621; and permission of instructor.

Cross List: CPH 651

Typically Offered: FALL

BIOS 818 BIOSTATISTICAL METHODS II 3 Credit Hours

Analysis of continuous data and the interpretation of results. Major topics include simple and multiple linear regression, and analysis of variance (ANOVA). SAS statistical software will be used.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 3 Credit Hours-Synchronous Classroom; Contact Hours (weekly): Lecture-3 Hours, Out of Class-6-12 Hours

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor; calculus (including differential and integral calculus); BIOS 806/CPH 506 Biostatistics I or BIOS 816/CPH 516 Biostatistical Methods I or an equivalent statistics course; BIOS 810/CPH 651 Introduction to SAS Programming, or equivalent experience with SAS programming.

Cross List: CPH 652

Typically Offered: SPRING

BIOS 823 CATEGORICAL DATA ANALYSIS 3 Credit Hours

Survey of the theory and methods for the analysis of categorical response and count data. The major topics to be covered include proportions and odd ratios, multi-way contingency tables, generalized linear models, logistic regression for binary response, models for multiple response categories, and log-linear models. Interpretation of subsequent analysis results will be stressed.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 3 Credit Hours-Synchronous Classroom; Contact Hours (weekly): Lecture-3 Hours, Out of Class-6-12 Hours

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor; BIOS 816/CPH 516 or equivalent course work (for example, calculus, BIOS 806/CPH 506 and BIOS 810/CPH 651 or equivalent experience with SAS programming)

Cross List: CPH 653A

Typically Offered: FALL

BIOS 824 SURVIVAL DATA ANALYSIS 3 Credit Hours

The course teaches the basic methods of statistical survival analysis used in clinical and public health research. The major topics to be covered include the Kaplan-Meier product-limit estimation, log-rank and related tests, and the Cox proportional hazards regression model. Interpretation of subsequent analysis results will be stressed.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 3 Credit Hours-Synchronous Classroom; Contact Hours (weekly): Lecture-3 Hours, Out of Class-6-12 Hours

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor, calculus (including differential and integral calculus); BIOS 806/CPH 506 Biostatistics I or BIOS 816/CPH 516 Biostatistical Methods I or an equivalent statistics course; BIOS 810/CPH 651 Introduction to SAS Programming, or equivalent experience with SAS programming.

Cross List: CPH 654

Typically Offered: FALL

BIOS 825 CORRELATED DATA ANALYSIS 3 Credit Hours

A survey of the theory and methods for analysis of correlated continuous, binary, and count data. Major topics to be covered include linear models for longitudinal continuous data, generalized estimating equations, generalized linear mixed models, impact of missing data, and design of longitudinal and clustered studies. Interpretation of subsequent analysis results will be stressed. Concepts will be explored through critical review of the biomedical and public health literature, class exercises, two exams, and a data analysis project. Computations will be illustrated using SAS statistical software (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, USA.). The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals who will be actively involved in the analysis and interpretation of biomedical research or public health studies.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 3 Credit Hours-Synchronous Classroom; Contact Hours (weekly): Lecture-3 Hours, Out of Class-6-12 Hours

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor and BIOS 823/CPH 653.

Cross List: CPH 655

Typically Offered: SPRING

BIOS 835 DESIGN OF MEDICAL STUDIES 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply principles and methods in the design of biomedical and public health studies, with a particular emphasis on randomized, controlled clinical trials. The major design topics to be covered include sample selection, selecting a comparison group, eliminating bias, need for and processes of randomization, reducing variability, choosing endpoints, intent-to-treat analyses, sample size justification, adherence issues, longitudinal follow-up, interim monitoring, research ethics, and non-inferiority and equivalence hypotheses. Data collection and measurement issues also will be discussed. Communication of design approaches and interpretation of subsequent analysis results also will be stressed. Concepts will be explored through critical review of the biomedical and public health literature, class exercises, and a research proposal. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design of biomedical or public health studies.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 3 Credit Hours-Synchronous Classroom; Contact Hours (weekly): Lecture-3 Hours, Out of Class-6-12 Hours

Prerequisite:  Permission of Instructor; BIOS 806/CPH506 or an equivalent introductory statistics course.

Cross List: CPH 517

Typically Offered: SPRING

BIOS 896 RSCH OTHER THAN THESIS 1-6 Credit Hours

This course is for more advanced students who wish to pursue their research interests in selected areas of Medical Humanities.Cross-listed as CPH 677

Credit Hour Breakdown: 1-6 Credit Hours-Research; Contact Hours (weekly): 3-6 Hours per week per credit hour

Typically Offered: FALL/SP/SU

BIOS 898 SPECIAL TOPICS 1-4 Credit Hours

A course designed for Masters students that focuses on selected topics or problems in Biostatistics.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 1-4 Credit Hours-Synchronous Classroom; Contact Hours (weekly): Lecture-3 Hours, Out of Class-6-12 Hours

Cross List: CPH 679

Typically Offered: FALL/SP/SU

BIOS 918 BIOSTATISTICAL LINEAR MODELS: THEORY AND APPLICATIONS 3 Credit Hours

This course on linear models theory includes topics on linear algebra, distribution theory of quadratic forms, full rank linear models, less than full rank models, ANOVA, balanced random mixed models, unbalanced models and estimation of variance components.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 3 Credit Hours-Synchronous Classroom; Contact Hours (weekly): Lecture-3 Hours, Out of Class-6-12 Hours

Prerequisite:  Linear algebra, BIOS 818, one year of mathematical statistics, and permission of instructor.

Typically Offered: FALL

BIOS 921 ADVANCED PROGRAMMING SAS 3 Credit Hours

The objective of this course is to prepare students in advanced SAS programming. The main topics comprise advanced SAS programming techniques, SAS macro programming, using SQL with SAS, and optimizing SAS programs, which are similar to those covered on the SAS Advanced Programmer Exam offered through the SAS Institute, Inc.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 3 Credit Hours-Synchronous Classroom; Contact Hours (weekly): Lecture-3 Hours, Out of Class-6-12 Hours

Prerequisite:  BIOS 810 or a similar course, and permission of instructor.

Typically Offered: SPRING

BIOS 924 BIOSTATISTICAL THEORY AND MODELS SURVIVAL DATA 3 Credit Hours

The course teaches the statistical theory and models for survival data analysis used in biochemical and public health research. Major topics include parametric, nonparametric, and semiparametric theory and models. The statistical software SAS and R will be used.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 3 Credit Hours-Synchronous Classroom; Contact Hours (weekly): Lecture-3 Hours, Out of Class-6-12 Hours

Prerequisite:  STAT 980 and STAT 982-983 (provided by UNL) or equivalent, BIOS 824 or equivalent, and permission of instructor.

Typically Offered: FALL

BIOS 925 THEORY OF GENERAL LINEAR AND MIXED MODELS IN BIOSTATISTICS 3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on the theory of generalized linear models for both continuous and categorical data. Major topics include generalized linear models, linear mixed models and generalized linear mixed models.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 3 Credit Hours-Synchronous Classroom; Contact Hours (weekly): Lecture-3 Hours, Out of Class-6-12 Hours

Prerequisite:  BIOS 918 or equivalent.

Typically Offered: SPRING

BIOS 935 SEMIPARAMETRIC METHODS FOR BIOSTATISTICS 3 Credit Hours

The fundamental theory and application of semi parametric methods in biomedical and public health studies. The major topics include additive semiparametric models, semiparametric mixed models, generalized semiparametric regression models, bivariate smoothing, variance function estimation, Bayesian semiparametric regression and spatially adaptive smoothing.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 3 Credit Hours-Synchronous Classroom; Contact Hours (weekly): Lecture-3 Hours, Out of Class-6-12 Hours

Prerequisite:  BIOS 925, familiarity with the software R and SAS, and permission of instructor.

Typically Offered: SPRING

BIOS 941 BIOSTATISTICAL CONSULTANT APPLICATION AND PRACTICE 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to provide the graduate student with a fundamental understanding and insight into the practice of biostatistical consulting and give students practice in the skills required to become an effective consultant. Major topics include an overview of biostatistical consulting, communication skills, methodological aspects including design and analysis considerations, documentation and preparing reports.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 2 Credit Hours-Synchronous Classroom; Contact Hours (weekly): Lecture-3 Hours, Out of Class-6-12 Hours

Prerequisite:  Minimum of 3 graduate-level statistics of biostatistics courses and permission of instructor.

Typically Offered: FALL/SPR

BIOS 970 SEMINAR 1 Credit Hour

Attendance at weekly seminars offered by the department/program, or other activities specific to the degree program (contact the program director for more information).

Credit Hour Breakdown: 1Credit Hours-Synchronous Classroom; Contact Hours (weekly): Lecture-1 Hours, Out of Class-2-5 Hours

Typically Offered: FALL/SPR

BIOS 996 DIRECTED READINGS AND RESEARCH 1-9 Credit Hours

This course is specific to doctoral level work in the College of Public Health. Content of this independent study may include research other than dissertation, directed readings, and other study of a doctoral level ¿ all under the supervision of a graduate faculty member.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 1-6 Credit Hours-Asynchronous Education; Contact Hours (weekly): 3-6 Hours per week per credit hour

Prerequisite:  Doctoral student status and program permission.

Typically Offered: FALL/SP/SU

BIOS 998 DOCTORAL SPECIAL TOPICS 1-4 Credit Hours

This course is for more advanced students who wish to pursue their research interests in selected areas of Medical Humanities.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 1-4 Credit Hours-Synchronous Classroom; Contact Hours (weekly): Lecture-3 Hours, Out of Class-6-12 Hours

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor Crosslist CPH 677

Typically Offered: FALL/SP/SU

BIOS 999 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION 1-15 Credit Hours

The dissertation represents original research on a defined problem in biostatistics. The PhD dissertation must be a significant, original piece of biostatistical research that makes a contribution to knowledge in the field.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 1-15 Credit Hours-Research; Contact Hours (weekly): 3-6 Hours per week per credit hour

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor.

Typically Offered: FALL/SP/SU