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Only GSMS PhD students (including BCN PhD students) can participate in these courses. Use your P-number to register (ask your Personnel Office).

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Course: Study Design in Clinical Epidemiology (Research Master)

This course is primarily intended for Research Master students. PhD studens can only participate if there is enough space.

In this course the principles and practice of epidemiological research are taught. The emphasis in this course is on study design. A distinction is made between theoretical design including design of the research question and operational design comprising data collection and data analysis. The dichotomies in the classification of (clinical) epidemiologic research, i.e. observational / experimental, cohort / case-control, cross-sectional/ longitudinal and their relevance to epidemiologic research will be discussed. A further distinction will be made between etiologic studies including intervention studies (clinical trials) and predictive studies (diagnostic and prognostic studies). Issues of validity and precision will be extensively addressed. Lectures will be combined with exercises using current examples of epidemiological studies on mostly chronic diseases. Reviewing recently published studies with different study designs are an important part of this course. The aim is to provide the participants with the knowledge to evaluate and judge epidemiological research and data analysis, and give a sufficient scientific and methodological background to actively participate in epidemiological  studies.

Rothman KJ. Epidemiology. An Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press,
Second Edition 2012. Chapters 1, 3-5, 7-8, 10-12. (OR: Rothman KJ. Epidemiology. An Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University.

Exam is compulsory. Open book exam with assignments based on recently published epidemiological studies on chronic diseases.

EC (with exam)


Course coordinator

  • prof. H. Snieder



Target Groups

  • ReMa students
  • PhD students

Contact person

Renate Kroese,

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