PUBH5769 Biostatistics II

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Mathematics and Statistics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
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 are able to (1) apply standard biostatistical methods commonly used in epidemiological and clinical research including modern regression methods for quantitative, binary and time-to-event outcome variables and (2) understand the statistical content of articles in the epidemiological and clinical literature. Students who master the methods covered in this unit should be able to do many of their own analyses of health/medical research data.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments (which involve computing) and (2) online tests or examination (open book). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kevin Murray
Unit rules
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I
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 (for face-to-face mode only)
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