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Essentials Of Biostatistics In Public Health (Essential Public Health) Paperback – March 24, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1449623944 ISBN-10: 1449623948 Edition: 2nd

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  • Series: Essential Public Health
  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 2 edition (March 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449623948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449623944
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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The Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health is great book and was essential to meeting class requirements for the semester!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pete on January 22, 2013
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I bought this book as a requirement for a grad school class and I'm not happy with it. It's very wordy and doesn't help much in understanding/solving math problems. Also, it uses a lot of graphs/tables and then references them in the text but the problem is that the text and the graph/table are on separate pages so you keep having to flip back and forth to see what she's talking about. I've read other explanations of a lot of her topics and find that it clicks much better when I'm reading explanations from other sources. I find myself re-reading what she's written multiple times without the concepts making too much sense. I wish her explanations were more concise so I wouldn't find myself zoning out while reading the wording commentary.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Chernick on November 16, 2011
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This book is a basic text in most of the important aspects of biostatistics that are useful in public health research. It is designed for an introductory level course most likely for undergraduate majors in public health. A valuable aspect of the book is the author's experience with the Framingham Heart Study. Many of the examples are drawn from the data in that study, Also, the author provides some background about this famous study. There are plenty of examples. Figures, tables,key ideas and formulas are displayed in block form. The author does a very good job describing various types of research studies including clinical trials. Case - control studies which are important in epidemiology and hence for public health are covered nicely but a little more depth would have been helpful considering the importance of these studies to public health. For example there is no discussion of the various types of matching methods such as propensity score matching. It is an interesting point that high ratios of controls to cases do not add much accuracy over 2:1 or 3:1 ratios. But some examples illustrating the point would have helped a lot. Group sequential and adaptive designs are omitted. These designs are getting a lot of use in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries regarding clinical trials used to support NDAs and PMAs. The FDA has a great deal of interest in these trials and even published a guidance document about their use. Although the topic is somewhat advanced it is an important area in biomedical research and should be discussed in basic terms.

Contingency table analysis is essential to biostatistics in public health. While it is treated in Chapter 4 and Chapter 9, I believe it deserves a more thorough treatment, perhaps even a whole chapter.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By laura on September 17, 2012
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This book is fairly easy to understand. The only negative aspect about it is that there is no 'key' or answers to the practice questions at the end of the chapter. My professor emailed the publisher and is waiting for the answers to be sent to him. It is the 4th week of class, however, and my professor has not received the answer key.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Pearce-Vasquez on October 31, 2013
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This book is god awful when it comes to structure, variety, and explaining in a concise manner. Starting with structure, the book is very table and detail heavy. This makes for a frustrating combination because while details are typically appreciated especially in a statistics book, certain paragraphs will refer to tables that are sometimes a few pages over either because there is so much detail or so many damn tables. This involves flipping back and forth constantly between pages so you can figure out what the author is talking about and that makes studying this material absolutely tedious. As for variety, there is not much of a wide breadth of studies that make the book interesting. It deals with the Framington Heart Study heavily and little else. This may have its advantages insofar as its consistency keeps readers from getting confused but it makes for one of the most monotonous reads I have ever had in a textbook or any book for that matter. Finally, though I previously mentioned that details can be good for statistics books there is a point where too much detail can confuse the reader because it gives them too much to keep track of. That is certainly the case here and no additional favors are granted to this by the poor structure either. The only thing that honestly makes this book worth it is the online workbook which gives you a helpful hand in learning functions and statistical analysis in excel. Be warned though, because they put about a year and half limit as to how long you can access the workbook. This also means that if you want the most useful part of the textbook you pretty much have to buy a new copy out of sheer necessity.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Evonne Helo on November 27, 2012
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This book needs a soluation manual to it chapter review questions. Some chapters were confusing and hard to understand. The workbook was easy to understand but didn't really connect to the textbook material.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa J. on January 5, 2014
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I had a very hard time with the majority of this text - which is primarily computations. The chapters are poorly organized and make tracking the process of computations very difficult. Especially if you have little math or stats experience as I do.
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