Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics

Overview

Like the Masters program, the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics enables you to attain the skills and knowledge required for employment as a biostatistician, but it requires less study and the entry requirements are lower. It is available to local and international students.

The Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics is suitable for those wanting to become biostatisticians or simply wanting an in-depth theoretical and applied knowledge of a range of biostatistical techniques. This course is professionally accredited by the Statistical Society of Australia.

The biostatistics program is available to residents of Australia and New Zealand. The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate are also available to off-shore international students. As an off-shore international student, you will be studying for your degree in your own country. It is not possible to complete these courses as an international student in Australia.

Course content

The Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics includes a range of units of study covering a wide variety of biostatistical techniques. These units are undertaken via distance learning, run through collaborative teaching by a group of senior academic biostatisticians from a range of Australian Universities - the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia.

You may find the Graduate Diploma a suitable option if you do not want to take on the full load of study required for the Masters course, or if you did not qualify directly for the Masters degree. An option to upgrade from the Graduate Diploma to the Masters is available, on the basis of successful completion of 6 units of study, which must include BSTA5004 Data Management and Statistical Computing and BSTA5007 Linear Models.

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma is a two-year part-time degree of 48 credit points. To qualify for the degree, students must complete 8 units of study (each worth 6 credit points).

The Graduate Diploma comprises 8 compulsory core units of study (as shown in the table below). If you have exemptions based on previous study, you may choose from the elective units of study listed in the second table below.

The table below shows the 8 core units of study on offer in the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics program.

 

 Unit of study code

Unit of study name 

Credit point (CP) value 

Compulsory core units - 8 units totalling 48 credit points (recommended no more than 2 units per semester)
BSTA5001*  Mathematical Background for Biostatistics 

6CP

BSTA5023* Probability and Distribution Theory 

6CP

BSTA5002*  Principles of Statistical Inference 

 6CP

PUBH5010* or BSTA5011* Epidemiology

 6CP

BSTA5004  Data Management & Statistical Computing 

 6CP

BSTA5006  Design of Randomised Controlled Trials 

 6CP

BSTA5007  Linear Models 

 6CP

BSTA5008  Categorical Data and GLMs 

 6CP

* one or more of these units may be waived, depending on your previous studies, leaving room for elective units of study

Electives:

The table below shows the elective units of study on offer in the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics program.

 

Unit of study code

Unit of study name 

Credit point (CP) value

Semester 1 units:   
BSTA5003 Health Indicators and Health Surveys 

6CP

BSTA5005 Clinical Biostatistics 

6CP

BSTA5009 Survival Analysis 

6CP

BSTA5012 Longitudinal and Correlated Data 

6CP

Semester 2 units:
BSTA5013+ Bioinformatics 

6CP

BSTA5014* Bayesian Statistical Methods 

6CP

+ This unit is only offered in odd numbered years
* this unit is only offered in even numbered years