The statistics courses you will take as a part of your degree program in Epidemiology require fundamental knowledge of mathematical notation, algebra, functions and manipulation of expressions with exponents and logarithms. An introductory knowledge of statistics and Stata, the statistical software most often used in UW Biostatistics courses, is strongly advised, especially if you plan to take the more concentrated course sequence (BIOST 517-518) as opposed to the 3-quarter sequence (BIOST 511-512-513). Calculus is not required.
We offer an algebra self test, which you should take on your own as soon as possible if it has been some years since you used math in your job or education, or if you have any concerns about your math skills or knowledge. See the answer key to check your work. (Some sections of BIOST 511, Medical Biometry I, and BIOST 517, Applied Biostatistics I, may administer a similar test the first day of class, which students must pass as a prerequisite to the course.) If you feel you do not know the material well or have difficulty with more than 2-3 questions, we suggest that you review those areas in which you are weak.
This page was last updated on July 20, 2010