BME 220-0-20: Introduction to Biomedical Statistics

Quarter Offered

Fall : MWF 9-9:50am ; Olds


Basic statistical concepts presented with emphasis on their relevance to biological and medical investigations. Evaluation is through problem sets, quizzes embedded within asynchronous videos, use of clickers to answer questions in class, and three exams.

Who Takes It

BME students typically take this course in their sophomore year. Since there are no prerequisites, it is fine to take this as a freshman as well.


  • Descriptive Statistics
  • introductory probability
  • inferential statistics: random variables, discrete and continuous distributions, point and interval estimation, tests of hypotheses, sample size and power, nonparametric methods, correlation and regression, and ANOVA.

Course Materials

TEXT: You have 3 options. Choose one:

  • Rosner, Fundamentals of Biostatistics, 8th edition. ISBN 978-1305268920. 
  • Rosner, 7th edition is perfectly acceptable and cheaper. 
  • Pagano and Gauvreau, Principles of Biostatistics, 2nd edition, ISBN 9780534229023 is available for free for NU students


  • Student Response System – a Turning Point Account plus a clicker or mobile device.