Using R for Statistics in Medical Research [BST02]

Course highlights

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Course days

Monday to Friday (full course days)


Elrozy Andrinopoulou, PhD, Nicole Erler, PhD

Course fee

€ 870


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL




This course is a prerequisite for Repeated Measurements (CE08), Bayesian Statistics (CE09) and/or Missing Values in Clinical Research (EP16).


  • Biostatistics

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How to apply

Detailed information about this course:


R has recently become one of the most popular languages for data analysis and statistics. This course teaches students the basics syntax and data types of this statistical programming language. The aim of this course is to equip students with the R knowledge needed to explore their own data, make data visualizations and perform basic statistical analysis.

The course covers practical issues in statistical computing which includes reading data into R, bringing them in the correct structure and writing R functions. This course further focuses on the concepts and tools behind reporting data analyses in a reproducible manner and building simple interactive web applications. In particular, useful features will be introduced such as debugging code, version control using git, markdown reports and shiny apps.

Written exam: during the course students are asked to perform several programming/analysis tasks in R in the computer lab. The exam is open-book.


At the end of the course, the students will gain a basic fluency in R, such that they will be able to independently transform, analyse and visualize their own data. Furthermore, they will be prepared for the more advanced statistical courses (i.e., Repeated Measurements, Survival Analysis, Bayesian Statistics).

Participant profile

People who want to do one of the advanced biostatistical courses, like Repeated Measurements (CE08), Missing Values in Clinical Research (EP16) and Bayesian Statistics (CE09).


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Reduction on fees


50% reduction on our fees for participating institutes of NIHES

This 50% reduction is offered to participants formally appointed at the departments or sections participating in NIHES.

University Medical Center Rotterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam:

  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Psychiatry, Section of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology
  • Department of Medical Informatics
  • Department of General Practice
  • Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management
  • Generation R

50% reduction on our fees for NIHES affiliated partners

This 50% reduction is offered to participants formally appointed at the following NIHES affiliated partners:

University Medical Center Rotterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam, departments of:

  • Dermatology
  • General Paediatrics
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Rehabilitation Medicine

UMIT, Department of Public Health, Health Services Research and Health Technology Assessment.

25% reduction on our fees for Erasmus MC employees

For participants formally appointed at all departments of Erasmus MC (except the departments mentioned above).

25% reduction for all (international) PhD students
Please upload proof of enrollment as a PhD student in the application form and state the name of your tutor on the application form (remarks field).

25% reduction on our course fees (maximum 3 EC points per academic year) for all NIHES alumni
Please state that you are a NIHES alumnus/alumna and the academic year you graduated (remarks field). Please note that the reduction on fees for alumni does not apply to the Erasmus Summer Programme.