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Topic: help with statistics
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Jerry Dallal

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Registered: 12/18/04
Re: help with statistics
Posted: Jun 22, 2006 7:32 AM
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Natalie Vivien wrote:
> Jerry Dallal wrote:

>> One *does* have to eat, but think of your bachelors degree as a
>> beginning not an end. Given what you've expressed here, you should get
>> a masters degree in biostatistics. There is no shortage of
>> organizations that would bid for your services ESPECIALLY if you've got
>> good writing skills.

> Hi Jerry,
> Thanks for your message.
> I am afraid a masters in biostatistics will be too specialised.
> Besides, there are no such courses available in my country yet. I am
> doing a masters in statistics though.

Ah! 'sg' as in Singapore!

> Sorry, this shall be my last query.

Why? Are you leaving us? Feel free to ask as many questions as you'd like.

> I have signed up for a module
> called "statistical methods in health science" for my masters programs.
> are there any good texts on the applied aspects in health science? i
> will appreciate less technical books for a start.

"health sciences" is a very broad category.

What you want to learn is best learned on the job. The trick is to
convince an employer that even though you may not know the terminology
now, your heart is in the health sciences and you are eager to learn.
If you were in the States, I can't imagine your having any trouble,
provided your grades and references checked out. The biggest problem
employers seem to be having is finding people who communicate well. The
most exquisite analysis isn't worth a darn if the analyst can't explain
(or, more typically, help the team that generated the data to explain)
what it all means. Your two posts suggest that you can write clearly.

For a look into the randomized controlled trials side of things, you
might have a look at Stuart Pocock's "Clinical Trials: A Practical
Approach". It's quite readable.

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