Review of Mathematics and Introduction to Statistics [CK001]

Course highlights

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Online course


Joost van Rosmalen, PhD, Sten Willemsen, PhD

Course fee

€ 150






  • Biostatistics


How to apply

Detailed information about this course:


Several courses in the NIHES curriculum require a good working knowledge of basic concepts in mathematics and statistics. These courses include Biostatistics I (CK020), Biostatistics II (CK030), Repeated Measurements (CE08) and Bayesian Statistics (CE09). The course Review of Mathematics and Introduction to Statistics aims to prepare you for these statistical courses by helping you to obtain a sufficient working knowledge of mathematics and statistics. This course is a self-study course based on online material (videos from external sources) and the material in an accompanying reader. There will be no lectures or tutorials, but the organizers of the course are available for questions during the course. A number of exercises and a practice test are included in the course materials. The content of this course is divided into the following topics:

  • Basic mathematical operations
  • Functions
  • Differentiation
  • Optimization
  • Integration
  • Vectors and matrices
  • Basic concepts in statistics

This course was previously registered under the course code BST01.


At the end of the course the student will be equipped with the required knowledge of basic mathematical and statistical concepts to successfully complete the advanced statistical courses.

Participant profile

This is a required course for students starting a NIHES programme in 2021 or later, but it is also recommended for students who have difficulties with the basic biostatistical courses (CK020 and CK030) and/or want to do one of the biostatistical advanced courses, like Repeated Measurement (CE08), Missing Values in Clinical Research (EP16) and Bayesian Statistics (CE09).



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.