Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

by Raywat Deonandan, PhD

Epidemiology is the branch of medicine that focuses on the study of how diseases are transmitted in a specific population, with the ultimate goal of utilizing the obtained data to plan and execute successful public health interventions. Epidemiologists are skilled at designing and executing the type of study best suited to the research question at hand. To understand the data generated by studies, epidemiology uses the science of biostatistics, which is the branch of statistics that focuses on the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data derived from living organisms (human beings in this case).

This course requires the student to be familiar with the basics of arithmetic. Moreover, an open mind and patience are highly encouraged, as some concepts require a certain level of abstraction, whereas others may have to be rewatched to better grasp the topic.

Epidemiology and biostatistics are at the core of evidence-based medicine, allowing physicians, medical researchers, and healthcare professionals to draw almost definitive conclusions on the most effective and least damaging interventions available.

Both sciences could appear challenging to the medical student owing to the constant application of mathematical concepts. However, an introductory understanding of these fields is highly encouraged as they heavily impact various aspects of clinical practice, ranging from the design and implementation of clinical studies to the crafting of practice guidelines and assessment of the most likely diagnosis among differentials based on epidemiological data (e.g., men are more likely to suffer from heart disease and women are more likely to suffer from autoimmune illnesses).

Course Details

  • Videos 108
  • Duration 7:29 h
  • Quiz questions 253
  • Concept Pages 17


Your Educators of course Epidemiology and Biostatistics

 Raywat Deonandan, PhD

Raywat Deonandan, PhD

Dr. Raywat Deonandan is a Global Health Epidemiologist and an Associate Professor of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
He obtained his PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Western Ontario in 2001. He is also the founder and Executive Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences, and an award-winning author and journalist.
Dr. Deonandan embraces new media to engage in public education and co-hosts a science education podcast. In 2016, he received the OCUFA Teaching Award, the highest professorial teaching honour in Ontario.
Within Lecturio, he teaches courses on Epidemiology and Biostatistics."

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By Dr.Osman E. on 18. May 2022 for Types of Studies

I really like it ?? Dr.Raywat very professional make it easy and very understandable

Good lecture
By SHIVALIKA B. on 13. May 2022 for Null Hypothesis – Statistics Basics

A simple concept expained in a simple manner, without complicating it too much

Too many mouth sounds
By Nehemiah W. on 25. February 2022 for Null Hypothesis – Statistics Basics

You really need to do something about the distracting mouth sounds.

Excellent stuff.
By Nehemiah W. on 24. February 2022 for Relative Risk – Relative Risks (Measures of Association)

You really are an excellent professor Sir. I like how in these videos I can't really hear the extra mouth sounds like in the other videos!