Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; 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 course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleGradDipBiostats
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationMulti-modal (Alfred Hospital)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine: telephone +61 3 9903 0563; email or visit

Course coordinator

Professor Andrew Forbes


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders
  • Part-time study only. This course must be completed in a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.
  • Students are required to attend a number of compulsory blocks of on-campus/on-site study days.


This course, offered by Department Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine, provides a broad range of theory and techniques especially designed for health professionals. The course assists in understanding the mathematical background, theory and application of the principles of epidemiology and biostatistics in health and medical research. It also enables candidates to develop the analytical skills to become statistically self-sufficient.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a broad understanding of the mathematical background, theory and application of the principles of epidemiology and biostatistical methods in health and medical research
  • have acquired skills in data management and statistical analyses to handle a variety of practical problems using modern statistical techniques and software
  • have developed skills to identify the relevant statistical issues in practical problems in medical/health settings and to propose and implement an appropriate statistical design and/or analysis methodology
  • have developed skills and demonstrated ability to present statistical results in a format suitable for publication in health-related journals or professional reports
  • have acquired the technical skills to be able to read the biostatistical literature and implement new methodology described therein
  • have developed the practical and technical skills to progress to further postgraduate studies in biostatistics.


Assessment includes written assignments, practical exercises and examinations.


This course consists of eight compulsory core units

Areas of study


Students must complete:

  • EPM5002 Mathematical background for biostatistics
  • EPM5003 Principles of statistical inference
  • EPM5004 Linear models
  • EPM5005 Data management and statistical computing
  • EPM5007 Design of experiments and clinical trials
  • EPM5009 Categorical data and generalised linear models
  • EPM5014 Probability and distribution theory
  • MPH5040 Introductory epidemiology

Progression to further studies

This course articulates with 3422 Master of Biostatistics.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course with 3420 Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics providing all requirements for that award have been met.


Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics