Master of Biostatistics, University of Melbourne and BCA Star Graduate 2004
I have a degree in sociology (PhD 1990) and just finished my Masters degree with the BCA. Although I had quite a solid quantitative training in my postgraduate years in the 80s, I was always looking for an opportunity to learn statistics/biostatistics more formally and systematically. I was very happy to hear about BCA in 2001 and signed up to do the course immediately. Biostatistics in my view is a set of specialized statistical techniques appropriate for analysing data from biomedical and public health sciences and epidemiological studies.
I am essentially a public health researcher and use biostatistics to anlyse survey data and population based cohort studies. I also give a lot of statistical advice to my colleagues from the health behavioural and social sciences who conduct a lot of experiments. I think anyone who does health research and is responsible for data analysis should have a firm grounding in biostatistics.
Sloppy data analysis and using common statistical softwares without a sound knowledge of statistical assumptions and techniques do not contribute to scientific progress. The BCA provides a very rigorous training in most essential techniques that data analysts need to know.
Master of Biostatistics, University of Sydney and BCA Star Graduate 2004
I am currently a senior lecturer in biostatistics at the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, where I am employed by the Screening and Test Evaluation Program. Although I already had a PhD in statistics, I found the BCA Master of Biostatistics degree to be valuable in helping me change my career focus from theoretical statistics to working in public health and epidemiology.
The course was practical and engaging, and enabled me to gain an academic position in biostatistics on graduation. I now do both methodological and applied research with a particular focus on screening and diagnosis, and use the skills and knowledge from the BCA degree underpin my work.