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Basic Biostatistics, Second Edition
Statistics for Public Health Practice

Author(s): B. Burt Gerstman, MPH, PhD, San Jose State University
  • ISBN-13: 9781284036015
  • Product With Access Code    648 pages      © 2015
Price: $110.95 US List
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Basic Biostatistics is a concise, introductory text that covers biostatistical principles and focuses on the common types of data encountered in public health and biomedical fields. The text puts equal emphasis on exploratory and confirmatory statistical methods. Sampling, exploratory data analysis, estimation, hypothesis testing, and power and precision are covered through detailed, illustrative examples.

The book is organized into three parts: Part I addresses basic concepts and techniques; Part II covers analytic techniques for quantitative response variables; and Part III covers techniques for categorical responses.

The Second Edition offers many new exercises.

With language, examples, and exercises that are accessible to students with modest mathematical backgrounds, this is the perfect introductory biostatistics text for undergraduates and graduates in various fields of public health.


  • Illustrative, relevant examples and exercises incorporated throughout the book.
  • Answers to odd-numbered exercises provided in the back of the book. (Instructors may requests answers to even-numbered exercises from the publisher.
  • Chapters are intentionally brief and limited in scope to allow for flexibility in the order of coverage.
  • Equal attention is given to manual calculations as well as the use of statistical software such as StaTable, SPSS, and WinPepi.
  • Comprehensive Companion Website with Student and Instructor's Resources.
About the Author  
  Part  I  General Concept and Techniques
    Chapter  1  Measurement
    Chapter  2  Types of Studies
    Chapter  3  Frequency Distributions
    Chapter  4  Summary Statistics
    Chapter  5  Probability Concepts
    Chapter  6  Binomial Probability Distributions
    Chapter  7  Normal Probability Distributions
    Chapter  8  Introduction to Statistical Inference
    Chapter  9  Basics of Hypothesis Testing
    Chapter  10  Basics of Confidence Intervals
  Part  II  Quantitative Response Variable
    Chapter  11  Inference About a Mean
    Chapter  12  Comparing Independent Means
    Chapter  13  Comparing Several Means (One-Way ANOVA)
    Chapter  14  Correlation and Regression
    Chapter  15  Multiple Linear Regression
  Part  III  Categorical Response Variable
    Chapter  16  Inference About a Proportion
    Chapter  17  Comparing Two Proportions
    Chapter  18  Cross-Tabulated Counts
    Chapter  19  Stratified 2-by-2 Tables
Appendix  A  Table of 2000 Random Digits
Appendix  B  z Table. Cumulative Probabilities for a Standard Normal Random Variable
Appendix  C  t Table
Appendix  D  F Table
Appendix  E  X2 Table
Appendix  F  Two-Tails of z
Answers to Odd Numbered Exercises  

B. Burt Gerstman, MPH, PhD-San Jose State University

B. Burt Gerstman MPH, PhD is Professor in the Department of Health Science at San Jose State University.
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  • "[Basic Biostatistics, Second Edition] uses illustrative examples, flow charts, and simple diagrams to help users quickly grasp the concepts and learn application. The book is supplemented with interactive practice exercises at a companion website. This book has been designed in a way that students with modest mathematical background can easily understand these concepts."

    "This book provides an excellent understanding of basic concepts of biostatistics and their use as a tool for public health and biomedical research with easy to understand illustrative examples and interactive practice exercises. It is strongly recommended."
    - Samit Bhatheja, MD, MPH
    East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine

    Doody’s Review Service, Rating: 4 Stars!

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9781284036015

Additional Resources for Instructors
Answers to In-Text Questions
Data Set
Slides in PowerPoint Format
Test Bank
Transition Guide

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