On behalf of the faculty and staff, we would like to welcome you to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.  Below are administrative and academic information to help you begin your studies. Please contact the Graduate Office if you require assistance with any of these items.

Orientation Webinar Presentation – August 3rd and 16th

A note about the advertised Biostatistics Mathematics Review course

Dear incoming students,

The first 2 days if this student-led course is specifically designed to be a preparatory review for MSc Biostatistics students who will be taking Mathematical Statistics from the Statistics department (STA2112H / STA2212H). It will help people determine whether they have sufficient preparation for those courses, or if they will need to be taking Mathematical Foundations of Biostatistics (CHL5226H). One of these courses is a requirement for MSc Biostatistics students.

There may be some limited situations where students in Epidemiology who are planning to take courses beyond the required introductory courses (namely CHL5201H and CHL5202H) who may find this review useful to them – we expect this will be a rare situation. All the standard biostatistics courses that are offered in the school of public health would not need this level of preparation. The review will be at a very high level and rapid, and covers what most incoming biostatistics students would have learned in their mathematics, statistics and/or computer science undergraduate programs (linear algebra, basic and vector calculus, complex variable analysis, real analysis). These are undergraduate courses that prepare biostats students for graduate level biostats training and are not expected preparation in the other streams.

The bottom line: If you have never heard of these topics before and are coming into biostatistics, panic and come; if you are in another division (SBHS, Epi, OEH, Clinical Public Health) you should relax, you won’t need to know all these things, so we don’t think you need to bother coming – it will just stress you out unnecessarily.

The final day serves as an introduction to statistical software that all students may use; this portion will involve more teaching, practice and will be approached more slowly. Other courses for Epi students, and many other courses already include an introduction to the specific software the course uses. In Biostatistics we are expected to know this already and/or learn on our own and so we as students provide a crash course. We are happy if people want to attend this session, but this is entirely optional, and for many of you, a day on the beach will be preparation enough for your coming year ;-)

Hope that helps in your decision.
Tim Guimond, MD, MSc, FRCPC, PhD (Cand)
Staff Psychiatrist, Addictions Team, Mental Health Service, St. Michael’s Hospital
Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Graduate Student, Division of Biostatistics, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

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CHL5004H: Introduction to Public Health Sciences (MPH, MSc and MScCH students)
CHL5005H: Introduction to Public Health Research (PhD students)

CHL5004H/CHL5005H runs from September 5 – 8, 2017, 9am – 5pm, and continues on the following Friday afternoons throughout the Fall session:

  • September 22
  • October 6 and 20
  • November 3 and 24
  • December 1

A full course schedule can be found here

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