Using R for Decision Modeling in Health Technology Assessment [EL005]

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Petros Pechlivanoglou, PhD, Eline Krijkamp, MSc

Course fee

€ 860






To benefit from this course students should have:

  • Basic probability and statistics knowledge AND
  • Some experience with R coding (has done NIHES courses using R (CK020, courses of Dr. Rizopoulos using R) or online courses like DataCamp) or significant experience with coding in other programming languages, AND
  • Successfully passed an advanced course in decision modeling:
    • EL004: Advanced Topics in Decision Making in Medicine
    • Harvard T.C. Chan School of Public health courses RDS202, RDS280, RDS286
    • Faculty approval of an equivalent course
  • Recommended but not compulsory: Using R for Statistics in Medical Research (CK020)


  • Clinical Epidemiology


How to apply

Detailed information about this course:


This course aims to teach how to build decision models in R to students who have a basic understanding of health decision science.

  • The course combines lectures with R coding exercise.
  • The course is project-based. You are encouraged to apply the theory and skills you learn during this course to a decision problem you select yourself.

More detailed information about each session will be provided in the syllabus.

Attendance of all lectures and practicums is highly recommended in order to be able to complete the assignments and case example successfully. Each day builds on knowledge and skills from the previous day. Clarification of the material taught is best done in the interactive teaching environment provided during classroom sessions.

Due to popular demand and limited places, a second edition of this course is planned for May 2021.


By the end of the course the student will be able to

  • Create decision models using R (decision tree/cohort/microsimulation models)
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of building decision models in R
  • Apply good coding practice in R
  • Create transparent and readable decision models
  • Apply the methods learned in real-life practical examples

Participant profile

Students (Msc/PhD level) or researchers in decision science, health economics, clinical sciences, clinical epidemiology, public health, health technology assessment or value-based healthcare.


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.