The Biostatistics Unit comprises of three experienced statisticians: Alistair
Stewart, Joanna Stewart and Elizabeth Robinson. They offer advice and
consultancy on all aspects of design, analysis, and interpretation of
epidemiological, clinical and general medical studies. The unit has worked and
is working with researchers in Auckland as well as nationwide and
Formal postgraduate courses on biostatistics in the School of Population Health
are Statistics in Health Science 1 and Statistics in Health Science 2. These are
run by Roger Marshall.
In addition, he teaches a postgraduate course in the Department of Statistics (Faculty
of Science) on Introduction to Medical Statistics, as well as contributing to statistical
topics in courses Foundations of Public Health, Epidemiology, Occupational Health,
and Decision Support Systems.
As well as providing the knowledge and tools for statistical analysis of studies
done in the section (and elsewhere), some members of the section conduct research
into statistical methodology. Roger Marshall has published papers in different areas
of statistical science including spatial patterns of disease, problems of classification,
effects of misclassified epidemiological data, prognostic and diagnostic modelling
and graphical data presentation. Patricia Metcalf has a joint appointment with the
Department of Statistics and has an interest in modelling methodology.
The section uses, primarily, SAS and Stata for data analysis and data handling.