Elearning Modules


Biostatistics Primer


College of Public Health, College of Pharmacy

Document Type

Instructional Material

Publication Date



Biostatistics concepts are important topics for future health professionals and researchers that are often lacking in health professions curricula, biomedical graduate programs and post-graduate training programs (i.e. residencies and fellowship programs). Curricula for these programs are already full without room to add additional courses, although the importance of understanding biostatistics concepts has been recognized on campus.

Five e-modules introducing common concepts in biostatistics were designed to serve this purpose:

  1. Summarizing Data (more practice)
  2. Study Design (more practice)
  3. Variability (more practice)
  4. Risk (more practice)
  5. Statistical Inference Basics (more practice)

These topics were selected based on their wide applicability to programs and are designed to be used in any combination ranging from one module to all five.

This series of modules can be used in whole or in part during a semester course or as additional training not included as part of a formal course. The modules themselves contain biostatistical concepts and examples, along with links for interactive tools or games and skills check questions to assess understanding. Each module also has a practice problem set that can be used for additional concept reinforcement.

The e-modules incorporate interactive components and provide multiple opportunities for the user to enhance their experience and deepen their biostatistics knowledge and skill set. Examples include virtual flashcards, videos, demonstrations, calculators, quizzes, links, and alterable graphs and visual aids. Each e-module can be used with a flipped classroom. Some case studies are developed; other classroom activities or discussion topics can be determined by the subject matter faculty.