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Curtin University
Health Sciences

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Our program teaches common core undergraduate units in epidemiology, biostatistics and research methodology across the undergraduate programs within the School. It does not have a specific undergraduate course as the program is predominately a postgraduate and Higher degree program.

What is Epidemiology & Biostatistics?

Epidemiology is the study of diseases in populations. According to the Australasian Epidemiological Association , the three main aims of epidemiology are: to describe disease patterns in human populations; to identify the causes of diseases (also known as aetiology); to provide data essential for the management, evaluation and planning of services for the prevention, control and treatment of disease. Biostatistics is the branch of statistics related to medical and health applications. Biostatistics underpins the methodologies used in epidemiological investigations and research. The discipline has professional epidemiologists and biostatisticians that provide teaching, research and consultancy services within the School of Public Health.

What does a Epidemiologist or Biostatistician do?

Epidemiologists study the frequency and distribution of diseases within human populations and environments. In an epidemiological study, the investigators try to determine if any factor is associated with the health effect. Therefore, epidemiologists try to compare groups of people who are alike except for the risk factor under evaluation.

Biostatisticians develop and apply statistical methods to scientific research in health-related fields, including medicine, epidemiology, and public health. The role of the biostatistician is an important one, especially when it comes to designing studies and analyzing data from research problems. Biostatisticians help formulate the scientific questions to be answered, determine appropriate sampling techniques, coordinate data collection procedures, and conduct statistical analyses to answer those scientific questions. Biostatisticians also play a very important role in the preparation of research material for publication.

Why you should study Public Health at Curtin

General Information

RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS: A bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience in an appropriate field. For entry to the Masters degree two years of relevant post-bachelor degree work experience is also required. Students who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) will be granted recognition of prior learning for entry to the Master of Public Health (epidemiology & Biostatistics major) in consultation with the course coordinator. In general, all applicants will be considered and where appropriate bridging units may be offered to assist in entry requirements.

PRIOR LEARNING: Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

AVAILABILITY: Units are available either on campus, by distance learning or FLECS - Blackboard (on line learning). Classes on campus are conducted in the late afternoon and evenings. Part-time and external study is only available to Australian resident students and international students studying outside Australia.

ADDITIONAL COURSE EXPENSES: Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other vital study materials. In addition, students may need to contribute some of the cost of consumables, which varies depending on the area of study.

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Courses offered

Postgraduate Certificate

Postgraduate Diploma

Masters by Coursework

Higher Degree by Research - Master & Doctoral Programs

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