Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit (CEBU) offers a core sequence of research methods courses.

The sequence begins with Designing Your Research Study, which focuses on developing and clarifying the research question (with the understanding that most questions have a fundamentally causal nature), followed by Introduction to Biostatistics, which covers the key underlying concepts and most commonly used methods of statistics. Then we have two courses covering two quite different study types.

The course Observational Studies: Modern Concepts and Analytic Methods provides a framework for addressing descriptive, predictive and causal questions within observational (non-randomised) studies, with particular focus on the challenges of causal inference and the use of regression methods. The course Clinical Trial Design and Analysis: The Basics and Recent Advances provides an overview of the key issues in designing and planning a randomised trial.

It is strongly recommended that Designing Your Research Study, Introduction to Biostatistics and Observational Studies be taken in sequence because the latter ones assume familiarity with the concepts, language and techniques introduced therein.

CEBU course timetable

University of Melbourne
The Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit (CEBU) is a working partnership between Murdoch Children's and the University of Melbourne.

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