Data Analysis Using Stata: Online

This course aims to provide you with the understanding and experience to undertake a basic research project in the social or health sciences using Stata as the statistical tool.


This course will be run over 5 days in the following sessions:


  • 10.00 am - 11.30 am - Instructional Zoom Session
  • 12.30 pm - 2.00 pm - Instructional Zoom Session
  • 3.00 pm - 5.00pm - Exercises and consultation


This course will run on Australian Eastern Daylight Time (GMT +11)
(ie Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra daylight savings time)



Level 2 - runs over 5 days

Dr Joanna Dipnall is a biostatistician with the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine (SPHPM) at Monash University and Honorary Research Fellow with School of Medicine at Deakin University. She holds a B.Ec(Honours) from Monash University, and a PhD from the School of Medicine at Deakin University. She also lectures and tutors with the Department of Statistics, Data Science and Epidemiology at Swinburne University. Joanna has developed a novel Risk Index for Depression (RID) utilising SEM and machine learning techniques that brought together five key determinants of depression. She has been a teacher of Stata software for over 15 years, training across Australia and overseas and was a member of the Scientific Committee for the Oceania Stata Users Group Meeting in 2017.

Course dates: Monday 17 January 2022 - Friday 21 January 2022
Course status: Course completed (no new applicants)
Week 1
About this course: 

Stata is a comprehensive integrated package for data management, analysis and graphics. Stata has a comprehensive GUI interface.  Sample datasets will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring some of your own data for analysis in Excel or ASCII format.


Teaching and practice will be closely integrated. Private consultations will be allocated during the course as needed.


The course is suitable for beginners to the Stata package and will be presented in a way that introduces survey research. It is also appropriate to those familiar with Stata as it extends the capabilities of more experienced researchers.

Course syllabus: 

Day 1

  • About Stata
  • Inputting data into Stata
  • Exploring data in Stata
  • Basic data modifications in Stata


Day 2
Basic Analysis

  • Tables and Correlations
  • T-tests and analysis of variance
  • Introductrion to Stata graphics
  • Consultation


Day 3
More Analysis

  • Handling Dates
  • Developing scales
  • Factor analysis
  • Consultation


Day 4
“Day of Regression”

  • OLS Regression
  • Logistic Regression
  • Consultation


Day 5
Survey Data

  • Meging Datasets
  • Analysis of survey data in Stata
  • Consultation
Course format: 

This course will take place online using Zoom and uses the Stata software. If you don't have access to Stata, we will organise a trial version for your course.

Notes and sample datasets will be provided, but you are encouraged to have some of your own data for analysis in Excel or ASCII format.


Recommended Background: 

This course assumes that participants have;

(1) reasonable understanding of statistics to be able to comprehend the material covered in the course outline above (e.g. regression analysis)

(2) some familiarity with a PC environment including keyboard skills and understanding of folder and file structures,

(3) some experience in using Microsoft Word and Excel or their equivalent

(4) some experience using a text editor such as Notepad.

It does not assume prior experience with Stata, SAS, SPSS or any other specific statistical packages although any such experience would be helpful.

Recommended Texts: 

The instructor's bound, book length course notes will serve as the course texts.


No specific references are suggested although participants are encouraged to bring any Stata documentation they may have. For an overview of the Stata package, please visit or


Course fees
Non Member: 
Full time student Member: 

Q: Do I have to have any prerequisites to do this course?

A: It would be advised that you have completed an introductory statisics course ie Fundamentals of Statsistics.

Participant feedback: 

t was a great course. The online zoom format worked really well. I would be keen to do any future online courses that may become available. (Online Winter 2020)


New skills learnt and covered a lot of material in 5 days. (Winter 2018)


Really enjoyed this class, a good mix of consolidating some basic concepts and applying stata commands. It was great to come away with files I can use as a template for my analyses. (Winter 2017)


This course improved my knowledge & skills in STATA. I did have very little knowledge on STATA,  after this course I learned a lot. (Winter 2017)


Good balance of exercise, examples and own work. (Spring 2016)


Gave me the technical skills to use STATA (Summer 2016)


Very helpful practical course, intense but highly recommended. (Summer 2015)


Jo ran an excellent and energetic course both hands on and explained complicated concepts simply. Love the hands on. (Winter 2014)


Highly relevant to my work & research. Would highly recommend to others. (Winter 2014)



The instructor's bound, book length course notes will serve as the course texts.

Supported by: 

Stata is distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Survey Design and Analysis Services.