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