Public health students who are nervous around numbers are getting help from the StatLab, a pilot project at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.
The one-year pilot program began on September 1, and Dr. Johnson says early feedback from students has been encouraging.
“They think it’s a really great thing to have,” she said. “It’s providing them with extra support so we can increase the rigor of our classes.”
Dr. Johnson said the Lab is good for students who need a boost in statistics, but it also can benefit students who are already good with numbers and who would like tips to get even better. “And it’s really going to benefit the tutors,” she said, because explaining statistical concepts will strengthen their own understanding of them.
Ultimately, she said, the Lab will give students a better grasp of statistical skills that are “critical” to the public health and social work professions.