Stata 1 Online Mode

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. 

Dates: *Course registrations close two weeks prior to the course date

  • 06-07 April 2022* 
  • 07-08 June 2022*
  • 17-18 August 2022*
  • 18-19 October 2022*

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

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

Venue: Online via Teams (please provide 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 coordinators have recorded a series of short videos between 5-10 minutes which support you in systematically working through the course notes. These are available on Teams for the duration of the course.
  • One-on-one video chats on the two working days following the course via request.
  • The course begins with a brief introduction by one of our course coordinators via Teams. You can then work through the course notes and view the instructional videos at your own pace.

Students will be provided with:  

  • Comprehensive course notes, including answers to all exercises and files required for course exercises.
  • Training videos that 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 the two working days following the course via request.
  • Course notes, answers and files can be downloaded from Teams up to two working days after the course has ended.
  • Students will be issued with a 30-day free trial licence and Stata installation instructions on request.
  • MCRI has a site license for the use of the Stata 17/SE software package.  This can be freely installed on both MCRI and personal computers for MCRI staff and affiliates including students and is only to be used for Murdoch Children's related work. See our Installation instructions for more details. 
  • Fees:

    • $250.00 for internal applicants ** Melbourne Children’s campus staff (MCRI, RCH and Uni Melb Dept of Paediatrics)
    • $590.00 for external full-time students 
    • $590.00 MACH-affiliated clinical fellows (please enter institution name)
    • $900.00 for external applicants with no appointment on Melbourne Children’s campus 

    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 a useable format
    • Access Stata Help


    • This course is designed for beginning researchers but it assumes familiarity with computer file management, e.g. how to recognise different file types by their extensions and how to move files between directories. The course is Windows-based, but participants using other platforms, such as Macintosh, should be able to follow the material presented.  

    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 of 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 website.  
      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 in 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 

    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
    PARKVILLE  VIC  3052

    Phone: +61 3 9345 6368 (Fiona Snashall or Julie Perkins)