Introduction to Biostatistics

Event Details

Course Title: Introduction to Biostatistics

First course
Course commences:    15 May 2017
Course concludes:       19 May 2017

Second course
Course commences:    2 October 2017
Course concludes:       6 October 2017

Time: 9.00am - 12.30pm each day

Room 1.053
Health Education & Learning Precinct (HELP)
Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
Level 1 West Building
Royal Children's Hospital
Flemington Road

Duration: 5 half day sessions
$250.00 for internal applicants * Fee applies to staff from MCRI, RCH and DOPs only
$1000.00 for external applicants
$600.00 for external full-time students 

Course Details

A comprehensive introduction to the most commonly used methods of statistical analysis in clinical research, with an emphasis on the key underlying concepts and the interpretation of statistical findings including an introduction to the basic principles involved in determining the number of participants that need to be included in a quantitative study.
Topics covered in the course include:

  • Descriptive statistics & Introduction to statistical inference
  • (standard error, confidence interval)
  • Continuous outcomes (confidence intervals, tests formeans)
  • Binary (dichotomous) outcomes (confidence intervals, tests forproportions)
  • Measures of effect (risk ratio, odds ratio, adjustment for confounding)
  • Sample size estimation: the basics

Materials supplied: full set of course notes
Participants to supply: calculator.
Refreshments: morning tea will be provided.


Internal participants
Please organise with your admin/finance person to arrange transfer of funds from your cost centre to CEBU 50259.  Send a copy of the internal transfer request along with the registration form.
Payment by cheque: Please make cheque payable to the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and forward with registration form.
Payment by credit card: Please complete details on the  registration form
Cancellation of registration
No refund will be paid for cancellations or switching course dates unless received 7 calendar days prior to the course start date.



Donna De Sair
Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics Unit (CEBU)
Murdoch Children's Research Institute
The Royal Children's Hospital
Flemington Road
T: 9345 6368