Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Offered bySchool of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Campus(es)City (Melbourne)
CoordinatorProfessor Andrew Forbes


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine in conjunction with Biostatistics Consortium Australia.


Biostatistics is the application of the concepts and practicies of statistics to the various fields of biology. Medical biostatisticians frequently work within the pharmaceutical industry, in public health and in clinical research.

At Monash, courses in this area provide a sound understanding of the theory and application of biostatistics relevant to professional practice. Students acquire skills and experience in complex statistical analyses, identifying and implementing appropriate statistical methodology, communicating biostatistical results and understanding biostatistical literature, and develop the technical skills for commencement in a professional career as a biostatistician.


For the schedule of units required to complete a given course in this area of study, refer to the Handbook entry for the relevant course.

Contact details

Postgraduate Office: telephone +61 3 9903 0563; email or visit or /epidemiology/pgrad/

Research Degrees Office: telephone +61 3 9905 4313; email or visit

Relevant courses

  • 3420 Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics
  • 3421 Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics
  • 2970 Master of Biomedical Science (Part 1)*
  • 2977 Master of Biomedical Science*
  • 3422 Master of Biostatistics
  • 3438 Master of Philosophy*
  • 3852 Doctor of Medicine (Supervised)*
  • 0047 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.