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Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology

Special Master’s Program in Physiology

Statistics & Experimental Design
for the Biomedical Sciences

Course # MCP8050C  |  3 Credit Hours

Spring Semester  |  Syllabus (PDF)

Section 001: T 2:00 – 3:20 PM (Lecture) and W 2:00 – 3:50 PM (Workshop)
Section 002: T 2:00 – 3:20 PM (Lecture) and R 2:00 – 3:50 PM (Workshop)
Section 003: T 2:00 – 3:20 PM (Lecture) and F 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM (Workshop)

Bryan Mackenzie, PhD  |  |  513-558-3267

Statistics and Experimental Design for the Biomedical Sciences is a practical course designed to provide students with a solid foundation and intuitive understanding of statistics for the biomedical sciences. The course covers key concepts and methods (including statistics content of the MCAT exam). The course covers best practice in experimental design and statistical analysis, ensuring scientific rigor and reproducibility. The course emphasizes parametric and nonparametric statistics used in making between-group inferences, linear and nonlinear regression used in modeling physiological phenomena, effective data presentation, transparency, and graphic integrity. This 3-credit-hour course comprises both lectures and workshops.

Required Software

SigmaPlot v 13 | You must have a professional laptop computer on which you have installed SigmaPlot v13 or later. You can purchase a site-licensed copy of SigmaPlot for $74 at the west campus UC Bookstores ($42 after February 1, 2019). The license expires August 1, 2019 ( SigmaPlot requires the Windows OS. To run SigmaPlot on your mac you will have to either (1) use a Windows compatibility layer (eg CrossOver Mac) in which you run SigmaPlot, or (2) partition your disk (using Bootcamp) and install Windows on that partition (see You can purchase Windows at UC Bookstores for $7 with your student ID. If you have an earlier version of SigmaPlot, you may find it difficult to follow along in workshops.


It is recommended that you use one or both of the following textbooks:

Essential Statistics for the Pharmaceutical Sciences Book Cover

Philip Rowe (2016) Essential Statistics for the Pharmaceutical Sciences (2e), Wiley, Chichester
Paperback ISBN: 9781118913390
Hardback ISBN: 9781118913383
E-Book ISBN: 9781119109075
Free online access (on-campus or connected to UC via VPN)

A very accessible, easy-to-read textbook, Essential Statistics will help you gain a solid understanding of statistics and good practice. Rowe walks the reader through the most common statistical tests and is careful to point out the many pitfalls that researchers can encounter.

Statistics in Medicine Book Cover

Robert Riffenburgh (2013) Statistics in Medicine (3e), Academic Press / Elsevier, San Diego
Hardback ISBN: 9780123848642
E-Book ISBN: 9780123848659
Free online access (on-campus or connected to UC via VPN)

A thorough and comprehensive statistics manual for biomedical and clinical research, Statistics in Medicine will also serve as an excellent reference for many of the tests that are beyond the scope of this course.



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