Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics (GD-BIOSTAT) // Attributes, outcomes and skills
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About this course
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
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The Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics course is accredited by the Statistical Society of Australia, which means that graduates automatically qualify for registration with the professional qualification of Graduate Statistician.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics, graduates will be able to:
- Explain key concepts of quantitative research methods including the role of statistical methods in drawing inferences from data
- Demonstrate a sound understanding of the theory underlying the main areas of biostatistics relevant to professional practice and research
- Explain key epidemiological concepts including measures of disease frequency and causal effect, and the major sources of bias in epidemiological studies.
- develop research questions (descriptive, causal, predictive) and corresponding appropriate statistical designs and/or analysis methods in medical/health settings
- display skills in a range of complex statistical analyses using modern statistical software and programming skills
- demonstrate skills in data collection and data management, including database design, quality control procedures and the ethical handling of data
- employ sound communication skills relating to biostatistical issues with clinical/health professionals including appropriate presentation of statistical material
- display the technical skills to be able to read methodological papers in the biostatistical literature and apply the methods described therein to practical problems
Application of knowledge and skills
- display problem-solving abilities in biostatistics, characterised by flexibility of approach
- Communicate effectively to a range of audiences
- Think critically to answer research questions in the medical/health field
- Effectively organize, time manage and plan
- Demonstrate the technical skills for professional practice.
The Melbourne Experience enables our graduates to become:
- Have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
- Have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)
- Reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
- Be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
- Be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies.
Knowledgeable across disciplines:
- Examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
- Expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
- Have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
- Have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment.
Leaders in communities:
- Initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
- Have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
- Mentor future generations of learners
- Engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs.
Attuned to cultural diversity:
- Value different cultures
- Be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
- Have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
- Respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values.
Active global citizens:
- Accept social and civic responsibilities
- Be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
- Have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics.
Last updated: 24 January 2023