Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Professor Annette Dobson


Practical applications of statistical methods in clinical settings. Methods for assessment of clinical agreement, statistical properties of diagnostic tests and their interpretation, fundamentals of modelling for clinical prediction. Study of meta analysis methods in the context of randomised trials, diagnostic tests and observational studies, assessing heterogeneity and publication bias. Assessment of the application, analysis and utility of crossover and equivalence trials.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the role of statistical methods in evidence-based health care;
  2. Determine appropriate statistical methods of particular relevance to evidence-based health care in particular clinical applications; and
  3. Correctly employ these statistical methods and have the skills to effectively communicate with clinicians on the application of these methods and interpretation of results.


Written assignments (100%)

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This unit is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters of Biostatistics.

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