3-9 September 2018

Lectures, tutorials and practicals from Monday to Friday.


The basic principles of epidemiological research.

Course coordinator

Bas Verhage, PhD (Department of Epidemiology).
T: +31 (0)43-3882371/82374




Regular master’s fee, or €438 (non-master student).

EPI4920 - Introduction to Epidemiology

The course Introduction to Epidemiology is the first module in the Master of Epidemiology and the Health Sciences Research Master (HRSM) and will take place within a 5-day period in which the participants will be acquainted with the basic principles of epidemiological research. These include measures of disease frequency and exposure  measurement (clinimetrics), basic health measurement, basic study design (including randomized controlled trials, cohort studies, case control studies, and cross-sectional studies), measures of association, validity and bias in epidemiological research, and introductory systematic literature review/meta-analysis.

The main aims of the course are to enable the participants to appreciate the basic concepts of epidemiology, and critically assess epidemiological studies (e.g. research papers or research protocols). For this, use will be made of lectures, group discussions, and small practical individual or group assignments (e.g. questions or calculations related to the topic of the preceding lecture). 

The course Introduction to epidemiology will be attended by students of the Master of Epidemiology and the HRSM.
Besides these students, the course will be available as a stand-alone course for anyone who wants to become acquainted with basic epidemiological methods.

The audiences that will be targeted for the course are:
- PhD students or postdoctoral fellows in the fields of public health, medicine, statistics, and biology;
- Medical doctors; and
- Health professionals.

Attendance and active participation is required to receive the certificate.

Please click here for the biography of the course coordinator.