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Overview

The University of Newcastle's Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics will enhance your understanding of statistical theory and methods and how they apply to problem solving on the job as a biostatistician.

In partnership with the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia national biostatistics training program, this postgraduate qualification offers an advanced and well regarded program providing in-depth knowledge in applying statistical methods to the analysis of health related data.

With qualified biostatistic experts in high demand, as a graduate of this program you will be qualified to pursue positions as a biostatistician, academic, researcher or evaluator in government, private practice or not-for-profit organisations.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

The Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia

The BCA is a national postgraduate program run by a consortium of universities. A brief outline of how this works can be found on the BCA website. Students should also review the 2014 BCA Contact Program Outline.

Participation in the postgraduate Biostatistics programs run by this consortium requires that the partner institutions share student information. This is done to ensure that you receive all of the information and support required to help you succeed in the program.

Along with an application for admission to the program, applicants are also required to submit the following essential documents:

  • BCA Student Contact & Confidentiality Form
  • BCA Choice of Units Form
  • BCA Exemptions and Credits Form

The completed forms can be returned by email or post to Karren Fergusson from the University of Newcastle Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB).

Is it for you?

Are you looking to advance your technical skills and knowledge to enter a career as a biostatistician? Do you have a bachelor degree in mathematics or statistics science, psychology, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, economics or health sciences?

If you have a propensity towards mathematics and statistics and are seeking to apply these skills to the medical research field then the Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics at the University of Newcastle could be the program you’ve been looking for.

The Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics will provide you with in-depth knowledge in applying statistical methods when analysing health related data. It will enhance your understanding of health issues and the application of statistics in the field.

Upon graduation you will have developed a strong capacity to work effectively as a key member of collaborative research teams investigating problems in health and medicine. With your newly acquired knowledge, you will be prepared to undertake high quality medical research, vital to public health.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'Study' tab.

Study

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics offers an advanced theoretical and practical education preparing you for a career as a biostatistician.
You will be required to complete the following compulsory courses as part of the program:

  • Data management and statistical computing – considering the influence of computers and the corresponding availability of data sets on the way we think about data and proceed to analyse and report on it.
  • Categorical data and generalised linear models - exploring biostatistical applications of generalised linear models with an emphasis on underlying theoretical issues; and practical interpretation of the results of these models.
  • Mathematical background for biostatistics – studying the necessary mathematical background to understand the key techniques in biostatistics.
  • Principles of statistical inference - introducing the core concepts of statistical inference, including estimators, confidence intervals, Type I & II errors and p-values.
  • Design of randomised controlled trials – introducing randomised comparisons as a major tool used in medical research and the basis of providing evidence for improving clinical practice.
  • Linear models – exploring biostatistical applications of linear models with an emphasis on underlying theoretical and computational issues, practical interpretation and communication of results.
  • Probability and distribution theory - studying basic probability and calculus-based methods underpinning probability distributions and parameter estimation.
  • Epidemiology: basic methods – an introduction to the basic concepts of epidemiology, studying the distribution and determinants of disease in specific populations.

The program, offered via our online learning system, has been developed as part of the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA) national biostatistics training program. The BCA is a consortium of biostatistical experts from around Australia with representatives from universities, government and the pharmaceutical industry who have combined to offer a program of postgraduate courses, one of which is this Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics.

To find out more about where the Graduate Certificate in Medical Statistics can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

Careers

With a Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics from the University of Newcastle, you will have the right skills and knowledge to enter a career as a biostatistician, an academic or researcher in government, private or not-for-profit organisations.

Should you want to progress your studies further and complete a PhD or other higher degree research programs, you may want to consider continuing on to complete the Master of Medical Statistics (insert link) which will provide you with a suitable educational grounding.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics, visit the ‘Details’ tab.

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