BIOSTATS 540 - Fall 2021
Introduction to Biostatistics
Biostatistics and Epidemiology
UMass Amherst
Instructor: Carol Bigelow



For Students


This Week

Unit Lecture Notes

Unit Tests


Other Resources

Course Unit Pages

1. Summarizing Data

2. Data Visualization

3. Probability: Basics

4. Probabilities in Epidemiology

5. Populations and Samples

6. Bernoulli and Binomal Distributions

7. Normal Distribution

8. Statistical Literacy: Estimation and Hypothesis Testing

9. One Sample Inference

10. Two Sample Inference

11. Chi Square Tests

12. Simple Linear Regression and Correlation


1. Math basics
2. Computer basics
3. Resources for Learning R
4. Probability Distribution Calculators
5. Other Introductory Biostatistics Courses

Dear Fall 2021 visitor to this page,
This page will be updated over the course of the Fall 2021 semester.


(1) Math Basics
(Source: Math Centre, UK) Tutorial on Summation Notation and Calculations(pdf, 10 pp)
Review of Logarithms and Exponents (pdf, 4 pp)
Review of Algebra (source: stewartcalculus.com) (html)
Review of Logarithms (source: Texas A&M) (html)
The algebra of logarithms and exponents (source: Math Forum) (html)
Math Camp Lectures (source: University of Washington CSSS) (html)

(2) Computer Basics
How to Submit HOMEWORK to Blackboard Learn (pdf, 1 pp)
How to Screen Capture - PC User or MAC User (pdf, 2 pp)
Computer Basics (source: Jan Smith) (html)
Lessons in computer basics (source: Computer Basics and Beyond) (html)

(3) Resources for Learning R
Downloading & Installing Fall 2021: How to Install R and R Studio MAC Users (pdf, 4 pp)
Downloading & Installing Fall 2021: How to Install R and R Studio WINDOWS Users (pdf, 4 pp)
Using R as a Calculator
(Source: courses.atlast.illinois.edu/fall2016/STAT/STAT200/RProgramming/RCalculator.html)

Using R as a Calculator (html)
Getting Excel Data into R
(Source: sphweb.bumc.bu.otit/MPH-Modules/BS/R/R1_GettingStarted/R1_GettingStarted8.html)
Getting Excel Data into R (html)
ggplot2 (Source: www.sthda.com/english/wiki/ggplot2-essentials) STHDA - ggplot2 Essentials (html)
(Source: stats.idre.ucla.edu/data/intro_ggplot2/ggplot2_intro_slidy.html#(1)) Introduction to ggplot2


(4) Probability Distribution Calculators
(Source: www.artofstat.com) Binomial (html)

(Source: www.artofstat.com) Normal (html)
Student t
(Source: www.artofstat.com) Student t (html)
Chi Square
(Source: www.artofstat.com) Chi Square (html)
(Source: www.artofstat.com) F (html)


(5) Other Introductory Courses in Biostatistics & Notes
Methods in Biostatistics I (source: JHSPH Open Courseware) (html)
Concepts and Applications of Inferential Statistics (source: Richard Lowry, Vassar College) (html)
BMJ Statistics Notes Series (source: British Medical Journal) (html)






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