Core competences exam [CK070]

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€ 75




Students should have completed all core courses: CK010 Study Design, CK020 Biostatistics I, CK030 Biostatistics II, CK040 Clinical Epidemiology, CK050 Principles of Public Health, and CK060 Selected Topics in Epidemiology, as well as the required ESP courses.

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Detailed information about this course:


In order to stimulate students to combine the knowledge of different topics and to ensure you have a lasting understanding of the core topics of our field, the core topics of the fall (core) courses are assessed in the combined core competences exam. The core competences exam is a digital multiple choice exam that covers all the core knowledge obtained during the core courses. The aim of this exam is to ensure that students not only master the course objectives when they finish a course, but also master all core competences required as an epidemiologist or quantitative researcher once they graduate from the programme.

This exam is graded pass/fail, with a pass corresponding to a score of 60% or higher. The core topics of the following courses are covered in the core competences exam:

  • CK010 Study Design
  • CK020 Biostatistics I
  • CK030 Biostatistics II
  • CK040 Clinical Epidemiology
  • CK050 Principles of Public Health
  • CK060 Selected Topics in Epidemiology

The core competences exam is only mandatory for students starting their programme in August 2021 or later.

This course is not eligible for discounts, and is currently only available to NIHES programme students.


Written exam

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.