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Biostatistics Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

The Biostatistics Unit is involved in collaborative epidemiological and statistical research projects within and external to the department. It also provides statistical support to the department's staff and students, and is presents the statistical components of the department's teaching programs.

The Unit offers a Biostatistical Consulting Service for other Monash Departments at the Alfred Hospital, hospitals and other health service groups.

Head: Professor Andrew Forbes

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Statistical Support

The Biostatistics Unit has significant input into design, data collection and analysis for the vast majority of research projects conducted in the Department. Members of the Unit hold chief investigator and/or associate investigator status on a number of research projects within and external to the Department, and also provide regular advice on many statistical issues within other research projects, also for external clients and bodies.


The teaching activities of the Unit consist of lectures and tutorials within and external to the Department. The Unit conducts undergraduate medical student teaching in first, second and fourth year of the medical program, and in the first year of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science course. Postgraduate teaching includes biostatistics and computing subjects for the Master of Public Health and the Graduate Diplomas in Clinical Epidemiology, Occupational and Environmental Health, Clinical Health Management, International Health and a number of courses offered outside the Department. Other activities include a series of statistics lectures for researchers at the Alfred Hospital and education sessions for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.