Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics

Have a knack for numbers? Interested in statistics and health science?

Biostatisticians collect, interrogate, interpret and communicate data. They provide the specialised skills needed to draw useful conclusions from health-related research.

What will you do?

Our Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics is offered in conjunction with the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA) and delivered entirely online. It is accredited by the Statistical Society of Australia. You will:

  • learn from leading teachers and biostatisticians Australia-wide
  • build a foundation in statistical theory and methods through four units of study
  • apply your learning to problems in professional practice.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate with a sound understanding of the principles of epidemiology and some aspects of biostatistics. You’ll gain a solid grounding for further study with the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics and Master of Biostatistics, or a more general public health degree.

To find out more about the BCA program, visit the BCA website.

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC013
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Additional Entry Requirements
Applicants are required to meet an acceptable standard in Maths Proficiency.

The selection process also considers qualifications/experience in a relevant field and includes an interview with the Program Coordinator.

Applicants must contact the Discipline of Public Health on 8313 4619 to arrange an appointment with the program co-ordinator.

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GC013

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place

Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Careers

Career Readiness

The Graduate Certificate of Biostatistics will allow you to develop a specialist career role in health-related research or health services. Biostatistical expertise is in very high demand in many areas. Possible job settings include:

  • Medical and epidemiological research
  • The pharmaceutical industry
  • Government departments and agencies

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

Medical Research, Epidemiologist, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Scientist, Biostatistician, Biotechnology, Biotechnology Engineer, Statistician

Degree Structure

Students complete 1 core course in Biostatistics and 3 elective courses in thematic areas in Biostatistics.

For the Graduate Certificate, only Epidemiology is compulsory, allowing maximum flexibility (within the constraints of other course-specific prerequisites).

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

Core Courses - 1 course

Electives - Select 3 courses from the following:


Note: choice may depend on completion of necessary pre-requisite courses.

Assessment

Project work, written assignments and practical work.

Testimonial

The BCA degree is taught by the very best experts of biostatistics in Australia and I found the interactions with them incredibly formative. The most exciting thing about the degree is learning specialised skills that help us advise investigators on planning medical research effectively, from the early stages of an idea for a research question to how to implement it with a sound research design and analysis.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021