Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics

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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 medical statistician.

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 medical statistics experts in high demand, as a graduate of this program you will be qualified to pursue positions as a medical statistician, 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.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Location

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Number of Courses
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Program Code

10300

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Please click here to view the indicative one year program fees.

Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

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Program Code

10300

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Is It For You?

Are you looking to advance your technical skills and knowledge to enter a career as a medical statistician? 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.

What Will You 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 medical statistician.

The compulsory courses include:

  • Computational Statistics/Database Management using SAS Software (BIOS6010) – state of the art overview of methods for managing and analysing “Big-Data” and other research datasets.
  • Mathematics of Applied Statistics (BIOS6040) – review of important mathematical concepts and techniques which underlie statistics.
  • Statistical Inference (BIOS6050) – introduction to basic statistical principles such as, variance, estimation, confidence intervals, Type I & II errors and p-values.
  • Clinical Trial Design (BIOS6061) – practical hands on presentation of statistical methods in the design and analysis of clinical trials.
  • Linear Regression Modelling (BIOS6070) – study of linear modelling and its applications to medicine with emphasis on correct implementation, interpretation and scrutiny of results.
  • Foundations of Probability Theory (BIOS6170) – covers the basics of probability theory and calculus-based methods used in medical statistics.
  • Epidemiology A (EPID6420) – an introduction to the basic concepts of epidemiology, studying the distribution and determinants of disease in specific populations.
  • Categorical Data Analysis and Generalised Linear Models (BIOS6940) – study of contingency tables and a range of generalised linear models appropriate to binary, count, nominal, ordinal and time-to-event response variables.

Faculty

Core

Jimmy Efird, PhD (Chairperson)

Elizabeth Holliday, PhD

Daniel Barker, PhDc.

Natasha Weaver, PhD

Career Opportunities

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 medical statistician, an academic or researcher in government or in the private sector.

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 which will provide you with a suitable educational grounding.

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Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a minimum of a three year undergraduate degree in the field of mathematics, statistics, science, economics, medicine, pharmacy, psychology or other areas with strong mathematics/statistics content.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID. You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency.

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Courses and Details

Program Code 10300
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Online
Program Plans

Description

Statistics is one of the essential requirements for high quality medical research, and is vital to public health research. This program is designed to provide in depth knowledge in the application of statistical methods to the analysis of health related data. Graduates will develop a strong capacity to work effectively as integral members of a collaborative team to investigate problems in health and medicine.

Admission Requirements

Minimum of a three year undergraduate degree in the field of mathematics, statistics, science, economics, medicine, pharmacy, psychology or other areas with strong mathematics/statistics content.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Requirements and Structure

The program requires completion of 80 units of coursework.

Students with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics or Statistics may be granted an exemption from BIOS6040 Mathematics of Applied Statistics. If this exemption is granted then students will be required to take 10 units from the following list of courses:

  • BIOS6080 Multivariate Methods in Medical Research and Health Surveys
  • BIOS6100 Clinical Statistics for Medical Researchers
  • BIOS6111 Genetic Statistics and Bioinformatics
  • BIOS6130 Bayesian Methods for Medical Statistics
  • BIOS6141 Advanced Clinical Trials and Prospective Observational Studies
  • BIOS6990 Applied Longitudinal Analysis

Students considering undertaking the Medical Statistics programs must discuss course options with the Program Convenor as there are some combinations of courses which are not permitted.

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6010 Computational Statistics/Database Management using SAS Software Semester 2 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6040 Mathematics of Applied Statistics Semester 1 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6050 Statistical Inference Semester 1 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6061 Clinical Trial Design Semester 2 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6070 Linear Regression Modelling Semester 1 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6170 Foundations of Probability Theory Semester 2 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6940 Categorical Data Analysis and Generalised Linear Models Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses if you have an exemption for BIOS6040.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6080 Multivariate Methods in Medical Research and Health Surveys Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6100 Clinical Statistics for Medical Researchers Semester 1 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6111 Genetic Statistics and Bioinformatics Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
BIOS6130 Bayesian Methods for Medical Statistics Semester 1 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6141 Advanced Clinical Trials and Prospective Observational Studies Not currently offered 10 units
BIOS6990 Applied Longitudinal Analysis Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrated a broad understanding of the mathematical background, theory and application of the principles of epidemiology and statistical methods in health and medical research
  • Demonstrated skills in complex statistical analyses to handle a variety of practical problems using modern statistical techniques and software
  • Demonstrated skills in data collection and data management, including database design, quality control procedures and the ethical handling of data
  • Demonstrated skills to identify the relevant statistical issues in practical problems in medical/health settings and to propose to implement an appropriate statistical design and/or analysis methodology
  • Demonstrated the skills and ability to present statistical results in a format suitable for publication in health-related journals or professional reports
  • Demonstrated the technical skills to be able to read methodological papers in the medical statistics literature and apply the methods described therein to practical problems
  • Demonstrated an understanding of professional codes of conduct and of the importance of behaving in a way consistent with ethical standards such as those of the Statistical Society of Australia

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

International students can only study this program online offshore.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

The Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practical assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes “reasonable accommodations” under Anti-Discrimination legislation.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

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