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 programme, this postgraduate qualification offers an advanced and well-regarded programme providing in-depth knowledge in applying statistical methods to the analysis of health-related data. With qualified biostatistics experts in high demand, as a graduate of this programme, 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.
The Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia
The BCA is a national postgraduate programme 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 BCA Contact programme Outline. Participation in the postgraduate Biostatistics programmes 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 programme. Along with an application for admission to the programme, 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
Correctly completed must be uploaded during the online application process. Please note that applications for admission to the Medical Statistics programme will not be considered without the required BCA forms.
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 programme 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.
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 programmes, 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.
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 programme:
- 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 programme, offered via our online learning system, has been developed as part of the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA) national biostatistics training programme. 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 programme of postgraduate courses, one of which is this Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics.
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 at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438
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Last updated October 26, 2017