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Elizabeth A. Sheppard
BIOST 578
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Advanced Biostatistics

Advanced-level topics in biostatistics offered by regular and visiting faculty. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with STAT 578; AWSpS.

Class description

Course objectives: To expose students from statistics and biostatistics to ethical issues in the conduct of biomedical research, particularly as pertinent to the computation and communication of statistics, and to provide students with the knowledge and the resources needed to practice statistics ethically in this domain.

Student learning goals

Identify the major principles guiding ethical scientific research in general and ethical biomedical research in particular

Evaluate ethical aspects of decisions arising in the production and communication of biomedical statistical analyses

Describe the unique role of statisticians in the ethical conduct of biomedical science

Apply four steps of ethical analysis (recognition, reasoning, responsibility, action) to situations commonly confronting statisticians in the biomedical sciences

Summarize a short list of specific historical examples and current case studies

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion

Recommended preparation

Graduate students in the statistics and biostatistics departments

Class assignments and grading

Reading, case study critiques, oral or written presentation

Class participation, homework, and project performance


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Elizabeth A. Sheppard
Date: 04/01/2009