Bayesian Statistics [EL003]

Course highlights

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Start date


End date


Course days

Full days


Prof. Emmanuel Lesaffre, PhD

Course fee

€ 910


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL




Biostatistical Methods I: Basic Principles (CK020), the Introduction to R course of NIHES*, Biostatistical Methods II: Classical Regression Models (CK030) and Using R for Statistics in Medical Research (CK020). Before 2017-2018 CK020 (BST02) was part of Courses for the Quantitative Researcher (SC17). Or equivalent knowledge, this is intermediate level epidemiology and statistics.

Review of Mathematics and Introduction to Statistics (online course CK001), Repeated Measurements (EL002) and Missing Values in Clinical Research (EL009) are strongly recommended.

*If you have been registered for the EL003 course, you will be automatically enrolled in the Introduction to R course, a short online course.


  • Biostatistics


How to apply

Detailed information about this course:


There is growing acknowledgement of the value of Bayesian methods for complex models in biostatistics and epidemiology, in dealing with issues such as multiplicity, measurement error, spatial associations and hierarchical structure. This course will introduce the essentials of Bayesian ideas, emphasizing practical application using exact and simulation-based software. Examples will include the use of Bayesian methods in clinical trials, institutional comparisons, smoothing of disease rates, and frailty models.


  • Introduce Bayesian concepts and contrast them with the frequentist approach;
  • Understand the background and the importance of computer intensive methods in Bayesian statistical analyses, such as the Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) techniques: Gibbs and Metropolis-Hastings sampling;
  • Be able to work with some Bayesian software, such as WinBUGS etc.;
  • Understand the applications and developments in the epidemiological literature involving Bayesian approaches.Keywords: Bayesian analysis, Gibbs sampling, MCMC.

Participant profile

Epidemiologists and clinical researchers.


Assignment(s), Attendance

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.