Master of Medical Statistics

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Overview

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Medical Statistics will enhance your understanding of statistical theory and methods and how to apply it to problem solving in professional practice.

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 in areas such as medical and epidemiological research, the pharmaceutical industry and government departments and agencies.

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 fully accredited Master of Medical Statistics at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of 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?

Do you have a propensity towards mathematics and statistics and are seeking to apply these skills to the medical research field? Do you also have a bachelor degree in mathematics or statistics science, psychology, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, economics or health sciences?

The Master of Medical Statistics at the University of Newcastle will prepare you with the technically advanced skills and knowledge to enter a career as a biostatistician.

Depending on your background, whether it is in health sciences or more of a mathematical background, this program will enhance your understanding of health issues and the application of statistics in the field.

Providing you with in-depth knowledge in applying statistical methods to the analysis of health related data, you will be prepared to undertake high quality medical research, vital to public health.

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.

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

Study

The University of Newcastle's Master of Medical Statistics offers a highly advanced theoretical and practical education effectively preparing you for a career as a qualified biostatistician.

Throughout the program you will be required to complete 12 courses. Due to the complex and advanced nature of the program, you will need to discuss your course combinations with your program convenor as there will be some combinations which are not possible.

You will be required to complete nine compulsory courses (and three electives) as part of the program. The compulsory courses include:

  • 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.
  • Survival analysis - exploring biostatistical applications of survival analysis with an emphasis on underlying theoretical and computational issues, practical interpretation and communication of results.
  • 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 GradSchool’s online learning platform, 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 Master of Medical Statistics.

To find out more about where the Master of Medical Statistics can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

Careers

With a Master of Medical Statistics from the University of Newcastle, you will have the right skills and knowledge to develop your career as a specialist in health-related research or health services.

Qualified biostatistic experts are in high demand and you will be able to pursue positions as a biostatistician in areas including medical and epidemiological research, the pharmaceutical industry or government departments and agencies.

Should you want to progress your studies further and complete a PhD or other higher degree research programs, the Master of Medical Statistics will provide you with a suitable educational grounding.

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

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