MATH 4310 - Biostatistics - University of Houston
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MATH 4310 - Biostatistics

***This is a course guideline.  Students should contact instructor for the updated information on current course syllabus, textbooks, and course content***

Prerequisite: MATH 3339 and BIOL 3306.

Course Description: Statistics for biological and biomedical data, exploratory methods, generalized linear models, analysis of variance, cross-sectional studies, and non-parametric methods.


  • Wayne Daniel and Chad Cross, 2013. "Biostatistics: A Foundation for Analysis in the Health Sciences", 10th Edition. Wiley, ISBN-13: 978-1118302798, ISBN-10: 1118302796
  • Gareth James, Daniela Witten, Trevor Hastie, Robert Tibshirani, 2013. "An Introduction to Statistical Learning with Applications in R"., Springer ISBN 978-1-4614-7138-7

Reference book: Wenjiang Fu, 2018. "A Practical Guide to Age-Period-Cohort Analysis the Identification Problem and Beyond" ISBN 9781466592650

Course Outline: This course is designed for undergraduate students majoring in mathematics biology who have been exposed to basic probability and statistics, and biology, and would like to learn more advanced statistical techniques in modelling data of various types, including continuous, binary, and counts, and to solve real world problems in biological, medical and public health studies. The selected topics will include descriptive statistics, t-tests, contingency tables, linear regression models, analysis of variance (ANOVA), discriminant analysis, classification, and some recent advances.

Grading & Make-up Policy/Assignment & Exam Details: Please refer to your instructor's syllabus for this information.


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