Introduction to Biostatistics

Event Details


  • 21,22,23,24,25 March 2022 (Online)
  • 26,27,28,29,30 September 2022 (Online)

Please note that the course dates and/or venue may be subject to change. 

Time: 9.00am - 12.30pm each day 


  • Online via Zoom
  • All course material is provided electronically before the course, and solutions to the tutorials are made available as the course progresses.

Duration: 5 half-day sessions

University of Melbourne
This course is delivered by the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit (CEBU), a working partnership between MCRI and the University of Melbourne.


  • Internal applicants $300.00   * Melbourne Children’s campus staff (MCRI, RCH and Uni Melb Dept of Paediatrics)
  • External full-time students and MACH affiliated clinical fellows $650.00
  • External applicants $950.00  

Course Details

A comprehensive introduction to the key underlying concepts of statistics and the most commonly used methods of statistical analysis in health research, with a focus on simple research questions and study designs such as randomised trials, and emphasis on the interpretation of statistical findings.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Statistical steps in a research study and describing the study sample
  • Introduction to statistical inference: the target parameter (population), as defined by the research question, and its estimation (in the sample)
  • Answering descriptive research questions, estimation of means and proportions
  • Answering causal research questions, estimation of mean differences, risk differences, risk ratios and odds ratios
  • Standard error, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and p-values
  • Elements of sample size estimation: the basics

Materials supplied: A full set of course notes will be made available in electronic format 
Participants to supply: calculator. 

Payment and registration

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

Payment via Unimarket (for internal MCRI staff only):

  1. Payment must be made via Unimarket. Staff must not make credit card payments and seek reimbursement from an MCRI cost centre as this is not permitted.
    Access Unimarket or from the MCRI intranet homepage. Log in and search for CEBU as a supplier. Click on CEBU courses and add the required course to the shopping cart the CEBU course/s you wish to enrol in. The GL account for training is 34460. Instructions on using Unimarket are on the intranet. 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 in 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 us 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.

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. 

Register for Introduction to Biostatistics


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)