[Blueboard] Special Lecture

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Fri Aug 12 13:15:18 PHT 2005

Ateneo de Manila University

Special Lecture

Why Build a Multivariate Model?
An Epidemiological Perspective


Dr. Jose Nilo G. Binongo
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

	Jose Nilo G. Binongo (ME '84) is currently a lecturer of biostatistics 
at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, 
often dubbed as "the public health capital of the  world." Although he is not 
an epidemiologist by training, he finds it useful to draw upon epidemiological 
ideas to explain biostatistical methods to more than a hundred graduate 
students every year in nursing, medicine, epidemiology, health policy, 
behavioral science, and occupational and environmental health, among others. 
One of his responsibilities is being the chair of the committee that recruits 
exceptional students for doctoral training in biostatistics with 100% funding.


Epidemiology, which is the study of disease in human populations, can serve as 
a springboard for learning multivariate regression models.  Indeed, for many 
beginning students of statistics, it makes a lot more sense to study 
multivariate statistical models using the epidemiological concepts of 
confounders and effect modifiers. Drawing from examples in the biomedical 
literature, this talk will illustrate the use of control variables when 
investigating the etiology of a disease. By showing a particular application 
of statistics to public health, this talk also aims to introduce participants 
to many exciting career opportunities in biostatistics.

2:30 – 4:00 P.M.
August 17, 2005
SECA 302

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