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Study designs in the Life and Behavioral Sciences (MS)

Course
2011-2012

A good study design is very important as poorly designed studies may yield misleading results. In this course study designs both for experimental studies (where an investigator is actively intervening) and for observational studies are considered. Applications are in agricultural, social and bio-medical sciences. A selection of the topics included is:
• Experimental designs
• Optimal designs
• Sample size calculation
• Randomized clinical trials
• Follow-up studies
• Case-control studies
• Bias and confounding
• Survey samping

Class time will consist of lectures and class discussion of assigned readings and homework problems.

Literature
Selected chapters of books used in the first semester and review articles