Clinical Biostatistics (BSTA5005)


The aim of this unit is to enable students to use correctly statistical methods of particular relevance to evidence-based health care and to advise clinicians on the application of these methods and interpretation of the results. This unit will look at: Clinical agreement: Bland-Altman method, kappa statistics, intraclass correlation; diagnostic tests: sensitivity, specificity, predictive value, ROC curves, likelihood ratios; statistical process control: special and common causes of variation, quality control charts; systematic reviews: estimating treatment effect, assessing heterogeneity, publication bias.

Further unit of study information


8-12 hours total study time per week, distance learning


4 written assignments (4x25%)


Notes supplied

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

BSTA5023 and (BSTA5011 or PUBH5010)



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.