• Offered by Research School of Population Health
• ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
• Course subject Population Health
• Course convener
• Dr Alice Richardson
• Mode of delivery Online or In Person
• Co-taught Course
• Offered in First Semester 2018
Second Semester 2018
Biostatistics in Population Health (POPH4101)

This course will examine principles of biostatistics, in the context of real-world public health issues. The aim of the course is to help those without a technical background to read and interpret biostatistical content in the medical and public health literature.

Topics, chosen by frequency of occurrence in the literature, will include:

• Introduction to sampling distributions, hypothesis tests and estimation
• Analysis of normal data, including t-tests and linear regression
• Analysis of binary data, including 2x2 tables, Mantel-Haenszel methods and logistic regression
• Analysis of count data, including comparing rates between two groups,
• Poisson regression and survival analysis

Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on understanding the reasons why the techniques are appropriate, underlying assumptions and interpretation of results, rather than the mechanics of calculation. Each topic will draw upon one or two papers from the literature. Both lectures and computer laboratories will be used to facilitate learning and provide opportunities to explore specific topics in more detail.

## Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Explain the various mathematical and biostatistical concepts covered during the course
Recognize differences in data distributions via visual displays
2. Give examples of different types of data and know the appropriate techniques for analysing: continuous outcomes; binary data; count data; and survival data
3. Interpret the results of: t-tests and linear regression; 2x2 tables, Mantel-Haenszel methods and logistic regression; Poisson regression; Cox regression; and meta-analysis
4. Critically appraise the evidence presented in published research studies

## Indicative Assessment

Assignments 60%
take-home exam 35%
Quiz 5%

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In Person delivery mode: online lectures and weekly computer laboratory, plus 7 hours per week of associated study.

Online delivery mode: 10 hours per week of reading, online lessons, exercises and assessment preparation

Please note: the course is offered in both In Person and Online mode in Semester 1, and in Online mode only in Semester 2

## Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with POPH8101

You will need to contact the Research School of Population Health to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

## Prescribed Texts

Betty R Kirkwood & Jonathan AC Sterne. Essential Medical Statistics (2nd Ed). Oxford: Blackwell Science Ltd, 2003. ISBN-13: 978-0865428713

## Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500

## Course fees

Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 \$4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 \$5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

## Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

### First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4244 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A
4715 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 Online N/A

### Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9287 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 Online N/A