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Introduction to Bayesian Analysis for Public Health
Start Date: 6/21/2021Start Time: 1:30 PM
End Date: 6/25/2021End Time: 5:00 PM
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Instructors: Harrison Quick, PhD,assistant professor, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health

Bayesian methods combine information from various sources and are increasingly used in biomedical and public health settings to accommodate complex data and produce readily interpretable output. This course will introduce students to Bayesian methods, emphasizing the basic methodological framework, real-world applications, and practical computing. Special consideration will be given to methods for spatial data analysis.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of Bayesian inference and the differences between Bayesian and frequentist (classical) methods.
  • Formulate research questions and develop Bayesian approaches to address these questions.
  • Be familiar with the available software for implementing Bayesian methods.
  • Understand advanced Bayesian methods used in the scientific literature.

Prerequisite knowledge: Basic understanding of linear regression and "generalized linear models" (e.g., logistic and Poisson regression) is required for this course. Statistical programming experience is recommended but not required.

Technical requirements: R and WinBUGS are required for the course. The free software is available for participants to install on their computers.

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