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Unit Overview


This unit covers biostatistical methods commonly used in epidemiological and clinical research. It focuses on modern regression methods for means of quantitative variables, proportions (prevalences or risks) for binary variables, incidence rates for event counts, and survival curves for time-to-event variables. It also includes a few classical methods that are still in common use. Topics include analysis of variance (ANOVA) and multiple linear regression, 2 x K frequency tables, logistic regression, Poisson regression, Kaplan-Meier curves and Cox proportional hazards regression. The application of these methods to the analysis of data from cross sectional, case control, cohort and clinical studies is discussed and critical appraisal of published literature is included. Computing using SAS is an integral part of the unit.

Students who master the methods covered in this unit should be able to conduct many of their own analyses of health/medical research data.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) correctly identify appropriate statistical methods for analysing data from different study designs with different responses.; (2) apply standard biostatistical methods commonly used in epidemiological and clinical research including modern regression methods for quantitative, binary and time-to-event outcome variables; (3) interpret the statistical content of articles in the epidemiological and clinical literature.; (4) use SAS software for reading data, data manipulation, calculating data summaries and for statistical analysis; (5) interpret the results from the application of biostatistical methods to data through the use of SAS; and (6) present results appropriately..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments (which involve computing) and (2) online tests. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kevin Murray
Unit rules
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I or equivalent training/experience
Advisable prior study
basic familiarity with epidemiological/clinical study designs.
familiarity with computing in a Windows environment.
experience with at least one statistical analysis package
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 1.5 hours per week
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