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Stata 1: Introduction to Stata: managing your data

This online course covers the most commonly used Stata commands. Participants will learn techniques for organising their work efficiently and reproducibly in Stata. Participants will be shown how to create a do-file of Stata commands, import data into Stata, clean data, change data and create new variables, combine data files, save data, produce basic descriptive statistics, create simple graphs, and use Stata's extensive online help. 


  • 23-24 February 2021
  • 20-21 April 2021
  • 03-04 June 2021 (Registrations must close two weeks prior to course commencement)
  • 17-18 August 2021  (Registrations must close two weeks prior to course commencement)
  • 26-27 October 2021  (Registrations must close two weeks prior to course commencement)

Day 1: 9.00am - 4.30pm 
Day 2: 9.00am - 4.30pm 

Venue: Online via Teams (please provide a work or student email in your registration).

•    The course runs on 2 scheduled days
•    A week prior to the course all students will be provided with a temporary licence to allow them to install and run Stata on their home computer.
•    The day before the course, the course notes and required files (Stata files and Excel files) will be made available for students to download.
•     Our course co-ordinators have recorded a series of short videos between 5-10 minutes which support you to systematically work through the course notes. These are available on Teams for the duration of the course.
•    One on one video chats on Thursday and Friday of the week of the course via request.

On each day of the course, one of our course co-ordinators will do a brief introduction for the day via Teams, and then you can work through the course notes and view the instructional videos at your own pace.

Instructors will be available from 9.30-4.30 (last questions at 4pm) on both days of the course to help you with any questions or difficulties you are having with working through the material. 

Students will be provided with: 
•    Comprehensive course notes, including answers to all exercises
•    Files required for course exercises
•    Training videos which work systematically through the material in the course notes (available for the week of the course)
•    Quick access to tutors for the 2 days of the course
•    One on one video chats on Thursday and Friday of the week of the course via request.

All students will be issued with a 30 day free trial licence and a Stata program installation disk at the beginning of the Stata 1 courses.
$230.00 for internal applicants **Fee applies to staff from MCRI. RCH and DOPs only.
$560.00 for external full-time students and MACH affiliated clinical fellows
$835.00 for external applicants

Course details

At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Create and run do-files containing Stata commands
  • Import data from Excel and other data sources into Stata 
  • Understand the basics of data cleaning
  • Inspect and list the data in a Stata dataset
  • Change data and create new variables
  • Merge and append Stata data files, save data
  • Reshape data sets from "long" to "wide" form and vice versa
  • Generate simple descriptive statistics for data
  • Create simple graphs and save them in useable format
  • Access Stata Help


  • This course is designed for beginning researchers but it assumes familiarity with computer file management within Microsoft Windows, e.g. how to recognise different file types by their extensions and how to move files between directories (N.B. although Stata is available for other platforms such as Macintosh, the courses are windows-based).

Payment and registration
Please note: in general this is a two-step process, you must arrange payment & then register on Trybooking

Payment via eProcurement (for internal MCRI staff only):

1)    Payment must be made via eProcurement. Staff must not make credit card payment and seek reimbursement from an MCRI cost centre as this is not permitted.
Access eProcurement here or from the MCRI intranet homepage. Log in and click on CEBU courses and add to the shopping cart the CEBU course/s you wish to enrol in. Proceed to checkout and submit the requisition. Once your Cost Centre manager approves it, CEBU will email you with the promotional code to register for the course.
 2)    Registration: Use the code obtained at Step 1 to register for the course on the Trybooking site 
Note: your place in the course is not confirmed until you have registered via Trybooking.

Payment by invoice (for RCH employees and approved external organisations):

1) Email, providing full details of your name, organisation name and the name and email address of the person responsible for payment.  Include the course name and date (many of our courses are run multiple times) and the cost of the course.
2) CEBU will issue the invoice and then provide you with a code so you can register for the course on the Trybooking site.
3) Registration: Use the code obtained at Step 2 to register for the course on the Trybooking site 
Note: your place in the course is not confirmed until you have registered via Trybooking.

Payment by credit card: Proceed directly to Trybooking and follow the prompts to make payment.and register.

Please note there is a Trybooking fee of 50 cents per registration which will be applied when you register online.

Register for Stata 1 HERE.

Cancellation of registration:  You can apply for a refund or request to change the course session to a different date, pending availability, within 7 calendar days prior to the course start date. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations or non-attendance after this time. 

Fiona Snashall or Julie Perkins
Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics Unit (CEBU)
Murdoch Children's Research Institute
The Royal Children's Hospital
Flemington Road

T: 9345 6368 (Fiona Snashall or Julie Perkins)