Bayesian Statistical Methods

10 Units

This course will provide students with an understanding of the logic of Bayesian statistical inference (i.e. the use of probability models to quantify uncertainty in statistical conclusions) and allow them to acquire skills to perform practical Bayesian analysis relating to health research problems.

This course is offered in conjunction with the Biostatistics collaboration of Australia (BCA).

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 2 - 2016 (Distance Education - Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Have a thorough understanding of Bayesian statistical inference;
  2. Be able to compare Bayesian methods to standard statistical methods;
  3. Be able to apply appropriate Bayesian statistical methods to the analysis of health/medical related data.

The first component of the course is an introduction to simple one-parameter models with conjugate prior distributions, which are fundamental to Bayesian statistics. This knowledge is built upon by introducing students to standard models containing two or more parameters, including specifics for the normal location-scale model. Once students have this knowledge, they will then be shown the relationship between Bayesian methods and the standard approaches to statistics. The next component of the course will provide students with practical experience using computational techniques for Bayesian analyses via common statistical software. Finally, students will be exposed to the application of Bayesian methods for fitting hierarchical models to complex data structures.

  • Must be enrolled in Graduate Diploma of Medical Biostatistics or Master of Medical Statistics to enrol in this course. Pre-requisites: must have successfully completed BIOS6020, BIOS6040, BIOS6050, BIOS6070, BIOS6170, and EPID6420.
Assessment Items
  • Practical Demonstration: Practical Exercises
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: 2 x case study assignments

Contact Hours
  • Self-Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term (As an indication only, students may expect to spend 8-10 hours per week on study.)
Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for BIOS6130
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