Biostatistics 810

Approaches To The Responsible Practice of Biostatistics

Fall 2019: Tuesdays, October 28 and November 5, 9:00-10:00, M4332 SPH II (for RR sessions)

Description:  This course will cover a series of topics that encompass Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (RCRS) and Rigor and Reproducibility (RR) as mandated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as focus upon the written and oral communication skills necessary for effective collaboration with public health investigators.

Sessions cover all NIH-mandated RCRS and RR topics: (1) Research and Academic Misconduct – Fraud, Fabrication, and Plagiarism; (2) Intellectual Property – Data Storage and Ownership; (3) Responsible Authorship and Publications – Peer Review; (4) Human Subjects Research and IRBs; (5) Animal Use and Care – Laboratory Safety and Responsibilities; (6) Mentor/Mentee Relationships; (7) Conflict of Interest – Personal, Professional, and Financial; (8) Research and Scholarship in Society and in the Global Workplace; (9) Transparency; (10) Blinding and Randomization; (11) Biological and Technical Replicates; and (12) Sample Size, Outliers, and Exclusion Criteria. Students who complete the course receive a grade and certificate of completion.

Core Competencies: (1) Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities; (2) Articulate an achievable mission, set of core values, and vision; (3) Demonstrate team building, negotiation, and conflict-management skills; (4) Appreciate the importance of working collaboratively with diverse communities and constituencies (e.g., researchers, practitioners, agencies, and organizations).

Biostatistics Competencies: (1) Describe the roles biostatistics serves in the discipline of public health; (2) Develop written and oral presentations based on statistical analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences; (3) Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public health studies.