Biostatistics is the application of statistical techniques in health-related fields, including medicine and public health. Its foundation is the mathematics of variability and it encompasses the science of designing quantitative research studies and other data collections, managing and analysing data, and interpreting the results. For example biostatistics can be used to show the most efficacious treatment, discover or isolate factors in the spread of diseases, or determine risk factors in genetic inheritance and mutation.

Course Aims

Our biostatistics courses will give you a more sophisticated knowledge of statistics in health-related fields. They are designed to train you for a career as a professional biostatistician in the public or private sector, and to give researchers and clinicians a more thorough understanding of statistical applications in health and medicine.

Some of the areas of training include:

  • Design of Randomised Controlled Trials
  • Categorical Data and Generalised Linear Models
  • Survival Analysis
  • Longitudinal and Correlated Data Analysis

Who should study this course?

Our courses are for those who have an interest in advanced training in the statistical analysis of health and medical data. You must have a proven strong aptitude for advanced mathematics and you must have already passed an introductory course in statistics. Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and many go on to work in organisations such as state and federal Departments of Health or in international businesses such as pharmaceutical companies, or pursue careers in research or clinical practice.

Why study biostatistics with us?

Our courses are extremely highly regarded both in Australia and internationally for providing a high quality and well rounded education. Studying biostatistics at Sydney will provide a significant advantage in any area of health or medicine where research is important.

Our courses are delivered in an online format giving you flexibility to plan your studies around your other commitments. They are only available part-time, allowing you to combine your studies with a full-time job.

Our courses are offered through the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia, a consortium of biostatistical experts from around Australia with representatives from universities, government and the pharmaceutical industry.

Key Academic Staff

Professor Judy Simpson - has over 30 years postdoctoral experience in applying biostatistical techniques to the design and analysis of research in public health and clinical medicine. During her career as a biostatistician, she has published extensively both nationally and internationally, including over 240 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Her main research interests are: design and analysis of randomised controlled trials, especially cluster-randomised trials; statistical modelling, including hierarchical (multilevel) modelling; and analysis of linked health data sets.

Professor Simpson is the course coordinator for the biostatistics program and teaches several units of study.

Graduate Opportunities

This advanced biostatistical training will ensure that you are well placed to obtain employment in a wide range of health, pharmaceutical, university, government and non-government organisations including Federal agencies such as the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, as well as State Departments of Health, Clinical Research Organisations and international pharmaceutical companies.

If you are already working as a biostatistician, then study at postgraduate level will enhance your career development opportunities.

Professional Recognition or Accreditation

Both the graduate diploma and masters program are accredited with the Statistical Society of Australia.

Apply now for the available courses

  • Master of Biostatistics
  • Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics
  • Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics

Short courses/Professional development