Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics (GCertBiostat)

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Special Notes

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


This program is offered in conjunction with the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA). The program is delivered largely through distance mode. Although students will enrol at the University of Adelaide, some courses will be delivered by partner Universities within the BCA.

The selection process considers qualifications / experience in a relevant field and includes an interview with the Program Director.

The Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 0.5 years or a standard part-time duration of 1 year.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the value and basic principles of biostatistical methods in health and medical research.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of epidemiology and its biostatistical underpinnings.
3. Demonstrate skills in data management and basic statistical analyses.
4. Display practical and technical skills to progress to further postgraduate studies in biostatistics.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Program Director or Delegate before taking a Leave of Absence.  Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics

There shall be a Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 12 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 3 units
  2. Elective courses to the value of 9 units
Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 3 units.

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
BIOSTATS 6000 Epidemiology 3