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Categorical Data Analysis – BSTA 513 / 613

Course Code Credit

BSTA 513/613


Course Information

Categorical Data Analysis (Biostatistics III) is the third course in the required sequence for Biostatistics Certificate Program and the MPH EPI and MPH Biostats programs.

This course covers topics in categorical data analysis such as cross tabulation statistics, statistics for matched samples, and methods to assess confounding and interaction via stratified tables. Students will learn logistic regression, and relate results back to those found with stratified analyses. Similar to Linear Regression in BSTA 512, topics for logistic regression will include parameter interpretation, statistical adjustment, variable selection techniques and model fit assessment. Students will have the opportunity to briefly explore other analysis methods, such as Poisson regression, ordinal logistic regression, etc. Most homework assignments for this course are to be completed using statistical software.

Doctoral students register for the BSTA 613 section.


  1. BSTA 511/611 Estimation & Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics
  2. BSTA 512/612 Linear Models