Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2024-2025.

"Introduction to Statistics for Public Policy" introduces basic statistical techniques used by researchers to investigate social, economic, and political phenomena. Topics include data presentation and descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, random variables and their probability distributions, joint and conditional distributions, expected value, conditional expectation, statistical sampling and inference, interval estimation and confidence intervals, hypothesis testing using t and F distributions, correlation, bivariate regression analysis, and statistical elaboration. A lab accompanies the course lectures. In problem sets and exams, students calculate statistics by hand to develop familiarity with data analysis. They also learn and apply basic commands using Stata statistical software.

When Offered Fall.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: Public Policy and Health Care Policy majors.
Forbidden Overlaps Forbidden Overlap: due to an overlap in content, students will receive credit for only one course in the following group: AEM 2100, BTRY 3010, BTRY 6010, CRP 1200, ENGRD 2700, HADM 2010, ILRST 2100, ILRST 6100, MATH 1710, PUBPOL 2100, PUBPOL 2101, PSYCH 2500, SOC 3010, STSCI 2100, STSCI 2150, STSCI 2200.

Distribution Category (MQR-HE)

  • Employ basic numeric and visualization tools to describe data.
  • Apply inferential statistical analysis to policy-relevant research questions.
  • Conduct statistical evaluations of US census data in computing environment.
  • Critique methodological approaches to social scientific research.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one laboratory.

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  7733 PUBPOL 2101   LEC 001

    • TR Malott Hall 406
    • Aug 26 - Dec 9, 2024
    • Rich, P

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Enrollment limited to: Brooks School undergraduates. Other students should take PUBPOL 2100 which is available in the spring.

  •  7767 PUBPOL 2101   LAB 401

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  •  8029 PUBPOL 2101   LAB 402

  • Instruction Mode: In Person