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.
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.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Intake||February and July|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
|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.|
|CRICOS||Available to non-student visa holder ONLY.|
English Language Requirements
|Australian Year 12||Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject|
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|Tertiary Qualifications||A Bachelor degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Science, Psychology, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Economics, Health Sciences or other appropriate discipline from an approved university (or equivalent qualification such as the Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics.|
|International Qualifications||Applicants must;
|Assumed Knowledge||Sound mathematical qualifications equivalent to the core units of the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics|
Additional Entry Requirements
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $19,750|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
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 AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
- Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Professionalism and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
- Digital capabilities
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Medical Research, Epidemiologist, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Scientist, Biostatistician, Biotechnology, Biotechnology Engineer, Statistician
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.
Project work, written assignments and practical work.
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