Selected Topics in Epidemiology [CK060]

Course highlights

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Start date


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Course days

Monday-Friday, course covers a fulltime workload


Prof. Kamran Ikram, PhD (coordinator), Maryam Kavousi, PhD (coordinator), Prof.dr. S.J. de Vlas, Prof.dr. J.J. van Busschbach, Dr. B.S. Ferket, Prof.dr. B.H.C. Stricker, Dr. A.I. Luik, Dr. R.G. Voortman, Prof.dr. F. Rivadeneira, Prof.dr. D. Rizopoulos

Course fee

€ 1200






  • Epidemiology


How to apply

Detailed information about this course:


This course focusses on the application of the theoretical concepts, that students have thus far learned in the previous courses of the core curriculum, to health-related topics. After having learned the principles of research methods, study designs, and statistical analyses, it is equally important to learn how to effectively apply these concepts in "real-life" settings. To improve population health, theoretical background needs to be complemented with applied epidemiological competencies. In this course, we will retain the established and novel didactics of epidemiology with an overlay that prepares the students to work on specific health-related topics. The overall aim of this course is to teach students how the theoretical concepts appear in real-life settings (sometimes presented using different terminologies).

The course includes a wide range of domains:

  • Infectious disease epidemiology (Prof.dr. S.J. de Vlas);
  • Medical psychology (Prof.dr. J.J. van Busschbach);
  • Health technology assessment (Dr. B.S. Ferket);
  • Pharmaco-epidemiology (Prof.dr. B.H.C. Stricker);
  • Psychiatric epidemiology (Dr. A.I. Luik);
  • Lifestyle epidemiology (Dr. R.G. Voortman);
  • Genomic and molecular epidemiology (Prof.dr. F. Rivadeneira);
  • Big data (Prof.dr. D. Rizopoulos).

For students in our master programmes, the core concepts presented in this course will be assessed in the core competences exam that bundles the fall semester courses. This is in addition to the assessment during the course in the form of assignment(s). The core competences exam is only mandatory for students starting their programme in August 2021 or later, while the assignments during the course are mandatory for all participating students.


The specific objectives of this two-week course on Selected Topics in Epidemiology are:

  • To allow students to further their understanding of theoretical concepts;
  • To develop an understanding of these theoretical concepts in practical applications;
  • To enable students to apply these theoretical concepts in their own research activities.



Reduction on fees


No fees are charged for participation of Erasmus MC PhD candidates

Please note that in case of cancellation or no show, the cancellation policy applies based on the full course fee.

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 and Erasmus MC PhD candidates).

25% reduction for all (international) PhD students without formal appointment at Erasmus MC

Upon receipt of your application you will receive a request to upload proof of enrollment as a PhD student.