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Community Health & Epidemiology: Biostatistics

Collection, storage, retrieval, analysis and intepretation of health data; design and analysis of health-related surveys and experiments; and concepts and practice of statistical data analysis

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Basic biostatistics: Statistics for public health practice (2008). Health Sc Lib-Stacks  RA409 .G47 2008

Essentials of biostatistics (2008). Health Sc Lib-Stacks  RA409 .S85 2008

Encyclopedia of biostatistics (2005).   Health Sc Lib-Stacks  RA409 .E53 2005 (8 volumes) 


Biostatistics and epidemiology: A primer for health and biomedical professionals (2015)

Probabilities, statistics and modelling in public health (2004). Electronic book accessed online


Biostatistics: An Oxford journal whose objective is "to advance statistical science and its application to problems of human health and disease, with the ultimate goal of advancing the public's health."

International Journal of Biostatistics: Published once a year (twice in 2010), this journal focused on all areas of biostatistics, and covers "Topics include new biostatistical methods and models, new statistical theory, advances in biostatistics computing, and original application of statistical methods for important practical problems in the biological, medical, public health, and agricultural sciences."


Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Online statistical databases offered via the CDC


CDC - National Center for Health Statistics: The main health statistical agency in the US. Provides a vast array of statistical information on the health of Americans.

EuroStat: Statistics from the European Commission on health


Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics: A professional association that attempts to foster epidemiological and biostatistical research and practice in Canada.

International Biometric Society: An "international professional and academic society promoting the development and application of statistical and mathematical theory and methods in the biosciences. Published three journals, a quarterly newsletter, and hosts an annual conference.


Health Canada's Health Analysis Division: Division responsible for publishing Health Reports, a peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research. Other research and program information is also available.

Featured Resource

Biostatistics and Its Role in Public Health: Part of Supercourse - Epidemiology, the Internet and Global Health (a repository of lectures on global health and prevention) this lectures introduces the concepts of biostatistics, the role of biostaticians, and the role of biostatistics in methodological research.


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Renowned global health researcher Dr. Hans Rosling breaks apart 10 years of UN data on child mortality in this fascinating TED talk.