Clinical Epidemiology [CE02]

Course highlights

EC points


Start date


End date


Course days

Weekdays, except Wednesdays. Thursday 8 November is a study day.


Prof. M.G.M. Hunink, MD PhD, H.F. Lingsma, PhD, N. van Leeuwen, MSc, E.M. Krijkamp, MSc

Course fee

€ 1340


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL


Intermediate Introductory


To benefit maximally from this course we advise you to do the introduction to R - online course. The R online course will take maximally 5 hours and the aim is to help you prepare you for your NIHES courses, by:

  • learning how to install R, R Studio and R commander;
  • learning about the syntax of R and how to write code;
  • learning the basics of R Studio (open source integrated development environment);
  • learning the basics of R Commander (graphical user interface).

You need to do the course before starting the CE02 course, unless you already have installed R, R Studio and R commander on your laptop and can work in R. We expect you to be familiar with the topics covered in the DataCamp course Introduction to R.


  • Clinical Epidemiology


How to apply

Detailed information about this course:


Research questions in clinical epidemiology originate from clinical practice. Caring for patients commonly triggers the research-minded clinician to question his/her knowledge and decisions. Questions may revolve around risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and/or interventions. Results from clinical epidemiological research are used in patient management decisions. Concepts from decision sciences are used to translate clinical research results to application in day-to-day clinical practice.

In this course, the principles and practice of clinical epidemiology and the application of the results to clinical decision making will be considered, using examples from the literature and from ongoing studies.

We will be using blended learning: a combination of web-based materials, interactive lectures, workshops and practicums.

The course is divided into 3 parts:

  1. Diagnosis
  2. Prognosis
  3. Interventions


  • Ability to evaluate and appraise clinical studies
  • Ability to actively participate in clinical studies

Participant profile

Medical doctors, medical students, clinical researchers, clinical epidemiologists, biostatisticians, health technology assessors, and public health professionals


Written exam, Assignment(s)

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

Institute of Medical Education Research Rotterdam (iMERR)

Netherlands Cancer Institute/Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital

  • Department of Cancer Epidemiology

25% reduction on our fees for partner institutes of NIHES

For participants formally appointed at the following departments, institutes:

  • Departments of Erasmus MC (except the departments mentioned above)
  • Addiction Research Institute (IVO)
  • Integraal Kankercentrum Zuid (IKZ)
  • Pallas Health Research and Consultancy
  • Municipal Health Service Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam)
  • Municipal Health Service Rotterdam (GGD Rotterdam)
  • Havenpolikliniek
  • Admiraal De Ruyter Ziekenhuis

25% reduction for all (international) PhD students
Please state your tutor’s name and email address 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).