BIOSTATS 540 - Fall 2022
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

August 30, 2022
Dear visitor,
Welcome to Fall 2022. I will be updating the resources on this page weekly (approxmiately). In the meantime, this page provides resources posted in 2021 or earlier. Please be sure to check back frequently during Fall 2022. Best - cb


(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
September 19, 2022 How to Submit HOMEWORK to Blackboard Learn (pdf, 2 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 2022: How to Install R and R Studio MAC Users (pdf, 4 pp)
Downloading & Installing Fall 2022: 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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