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Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics

Overview

Learn 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.

Biostatistics uses data to measure, understand and solve medical problems. This exciting and versatile discipline contributes to all fields of medical research and evidence-based healthcare. In this program, you'll develop critical analysis expertise, interpretation skills and the ability to apply relevant research findings.

The Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics teaches the specialised application of statistics, including data collection, analysis and interpretation, to the field of health. This program is ideal if you're interested in advancing knowledge in biomedicine, public health, or the life sciences. You'll learn how to develop and apply statistical methods to different sets of health data, to make important contributions to research and evidence-based practice.

The Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics is a six month program that teaches core courses from the Master of Biostatistics course list. It's designed for applicants who have completed an approved degree and at least one tertiary-level statistics course. You'll complete 8 units of study with a course plan tailored to your academic background. All courses are designed to refine your understanding of biostatistical concepts and methods.

The program is enriched by the School of Public Health’s strong links with leading international agencies including Australian Aid, the World Bank and the World Health Organization. 

Location
External
Duration
1 Year part-time (only available as part-time study)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Program Code
5497
AQF
Level 8
Location
External
Fees
A$20768 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
1 Year part-time (only available as part-time study)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
Program Code
5497
CRICOS Code
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Study a program developed by Australia’s foremost biostatisticians at one of the leading schools of public health in the Asia-Pacific.
  • Benefit from a program enriched by the School of Public Health’s strong links with leading international agencies.
  • Graduate with in-demand skills applicable to all fields of medical research and healthcare.

2 in Australia for public health

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021

38 in the world for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2021

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2022.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Online study

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Mathematical Background for Biostatistics
  • Health Indicators & Health Surveys
  • Data Management & Statistical Computing

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Biostatistician
  • Epidemiologist
  • Data technician
  • Bioinformatician

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

An approved degree.

A degree in one of the following disciplines would normally meet the 'approved degree' requirement:

  • Allied health
  • Applied Science
  • Behavioural and social sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Counselling)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biostatistics
  • Dentistry, Oral Health
  • Development Studies
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Health
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Food Science
  • Health Economics
  • Health Management
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine, Medical Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychology
  • Public Health or Health Sciences
  • Science
  • Speech Therapy
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Arts (please note that this will depend on the major studied)

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

Prerequisites

An approved degree.

A degree in one of the following disciplines would normally meet the 'approved degree' requirement:

  • Allied health
  • Applied Science
  • Behavioural and social sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Counselling)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biostatistics
  • Dentistry, Oral Health
  • Development Studies
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Health
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Food Science
  • Health Economics
  • Health Management
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine, Medical Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychology
  • Public Health or Health Sciences
  • Science
  • Speech Therapy
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Arts (please note that this will depend on the major studied)

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

Related programs

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

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Additional application information

This program is only offered in external mode. International students must study from their home country and will not be eligible for an Australian student visa.

Student visas

This program does not meet the eligibility requirements for an Australian Student visa (subclass 500).

To study this program in Australia you will need a temporary visa or residency status with study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia.

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $20,768

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics for one semester in 2022. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (8 units per semester).

The fee for part-time study is proportionately lower. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

AUD $14,080

Indicative annual fee 2021

Fee information for 2022 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2021.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics for one semester in 2022. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (8 units per semester).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program. The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

All international applications should be submitted to UQ. The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics is 5497

International students who want to study this program will not be eligible for a Student Visa (subclass 500). 

To study this program in Australia, you will need an Australian visa or residency status with sufficient study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia. 

Contact us with any questions 

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

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