CRJ882.00 Applied Biostatistics for Criminological and Criminal Justice Research
Term: Fall 2012
Instructor: Hung-En Sung, Ph.D.
Course Description: This course combines a didactic overview of biostatistics and epidemiological concepts with the “hands-on” analysis of a major dataset. By focusing on the correct use and interpretation of statistics rather than computation, this course covers a range of design options and modeling approaches useful for the analysis of criminal behavior and criminal justice services from a public health perspective. Lectures will introduce epidemiological categories in disease measurement and review regression methods for normally distributed, binary, and count data, as well as for time-to-event data. Lectures will also cover both model building and model evaluation. To complement the lectures, each student will perform the secondary analysis of a criminal justice or public health dataset. Students will elect to analyze behavioral outcomes or service research data. Students will be asked to further review the literature, then to design analyses that answer a research hypothesis. Analyses will include descriptive statistics and multivariable regression models. The students will be taught basic data management skills as needed to perform their analyses using SPSS syntax writing. They will be required to include at least one analysis using each of the regression methods they are taught. Evaluations will emphasize questions based on the analysis of their own and other student projects. The final exam will be a seminar presenting their research findings.
Empirical Research Projects by Students: (Click on the title to read the manuscript or PowerPoint presentations)
Instructor and Students