Are you interested in advancing knowledge in biomedicine, public health, or the life sciences? A degree in biostatistics will teach you how to develop and apply statistical methods to different sets of health data, so you can make important contributions to research and evidence-based practice.

  • The Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics is a one-year program designed for applicants who have completed an approved degree and at least one tertiary-level statistics course. For more information, see the Program Details tab.
  • Complete 16 units of study. Which courses you complete depends on whether your background is in health, or in mathematics and statistics. All courses are designed to refine your understanding of biostatistical concepts and methods.
  • Benefit from a program developed through the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA). The BCA is a group of leading experts who have developed this program to fill the gap between public health and epidemiology.
  • On completion, choose to progress to the 24-unit Master of Biostatistics. Because courses in the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics are taken from the Master of Biostatistics course list, you can transfer study credits across the programs.

The Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics teaches the specialised application of statistics, including data collection, analysis and interpretation, to the field of health.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    This program is taught through the School of Public Health, which is one of the leading research and teaching centres in the Asia-Pacific region. UQ was also ranked 32nd in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2017 QS World University Rankings.

  • Why study

    Research leaders

    Our academics have worked on major health projects with partners including the Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Harvard University, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

  • Why study

    Flexible study options

    Don't worry, we know you're busy – that's why this program is taught online. Course content is delivered through online modules and you'll learn with other students in an e-learning community, with input from experts during online tutorials.

Career outcomes

Graduates of this program have an advanced understanding of the principles, theories and techniques relevant to biostatistical methods and epidemiology, and their application to health and medical research.

The Graduate Diploma is designed to develop the level of expertise needed to work as a professional biostatistician.

Graduates also have skills in complex statistical analyses and can manage a number of different problems using relevant statistical techniques and software. Other relevant outcomes are listed on the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia website.

There is an ongoing shortage of biostatisticians, both in Australia and internationally. Biostatisticians typically work in public health, medical research or the pharmaceutical sector.

Many of our graduates use their qualifications as a way of moving ahead with their careers – whatever field they come from – or use the graduate diploma as a stepping-stone to the Master of Biostatistics program.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


An applicant must hold:

  • an approved degree, or a Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics from the university (or equivalent); and
  • have completed at least one introductory tertiary course in statistics.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

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