Clinical Biostatistics


Involves practical applications of statistical methods in clinical and diagnostic settings. The underlying statistical theory will be presented as support rather than as the main emphasis.

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. Demonstrate a broad understanding of statistical methods in evidence-based health care

2. Determine appropriate statistical methods of particular relevance to evidence-based health care in particular applications

3. Correctly employ these statistical methods and have the skills to effectively communicate with clinicians on the application of these methods and interpretation of the results


Using a series of case studies the various statistical methods relevant to clinical and diagnostic settings will be presented in a clinical context with appropriate practical interpretation. Students will learn to apply methods for assessment of clinical agreement, the statistical properties of diagnostic tests and their interpretation, statistical and ethical issues involved in screening tests, and the fundamentals of modelling for clinical prediction. Students will be actively engaged in an in-depth analysis of issues in systematic reviews of medical research studies, including selection and appraisal of studies, levels of evidence, meta-analytic methods for estimating effect sizes using fixed and random effect models, assessing heterogeneity and publication bias.


Must be in G Dip Medical Biostatistics or M Medical Statistics. Pre-requisites: must have completed BIOS6040, BIOS6050, BIOS6061, BIOS6170, and EPID6420. Pre or Co-requisites: must have completed BIOS6070, or be concurrently enrolled in BIOS6070.

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 of time commitment per week (guide only).