Health Indicators and Health Surveys


Students are introduced to a variety of sources of routinely collected health-related data and learn how these data are used to derive population measures of fertility, mortality and morbidity, and to measure health service utilisation, disease registration and reporting. This course is offered in conjunction with the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA).


Distance Education - Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Derive and compare population measures of mortality, illness, fertility and survival, using basic demographic tools such as life tables and age standardisation

2. Access the main sources of routinely collected health data and choose the appropriate one, taking into account their advantages and disadvantages

3. Design a valid and reliable health survey to collect primary data, design an efficient sampling strategy to obtain a random sample of the target population, and choose the most appropriate mode of delivery

4. Analyse, interpret and present the results of survey data, taking the sampling strategy into account.


Students learn to use quantitative demographic methods of direct and indirect age standardisation, and calculation of life expectancy by life table techniques to obtain valid comparisons between different population groups, and to examine health differentials.


Must be enrolled in Graduate Diploma of Medical Biostatistics or Master of Medical Statistics to enrol in this course. Pre or Co requisites: must have successfully completed BIOS6040, or be concurrently enrolled in BIOS6040.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Contact Hours

Distance Education - Callaghan

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Suggest 8-12 hours time commitment per week (guide only).