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MPH2070 - Advanced statistical methods for clinical research

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Associate Professor R Wolfe


Alfred Hospital Second semester 2007 (Day)


Statistical methods for clinical trials data, including design considerations, sequential analysis, bioequivalence and analysis of repeated measures data. Methods for measuring agreement between raters or instruments including kappa statistics and intraclass correlation coefficients. Analysis of survival time data with Cox proportional hazards regression models. Methods for process control. Combination of lectures and data analysis sessions on laptop computers using Stata statistical software.


On completion of this unit students should be have:

  1. learnt statistical analysis methods for the analysis of clinical research data.
  2. gained the skills to apply statistical methods to example datasets using statistical software on a laptop computer.
  3. gained an understanding of the implications of statistical considerations for the design of clinical research studies.
  4. gained an understanding of and the ability to interpret statistical methods in published articles on clinical research studies.


Written assignments
Oral presentation
Class exercises

Contact hours

2 contact hours per week


MPH2000 + credit grade in MPH1040 and MPH1041 or MPH1030 and MPH1031