Quality of Life Measurement [EL023]

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Course days

Monday to Wednesday, with a facultative pre-course virtual welcome reception on Friday before the course


Course coordinator: Professor Jan van Busschbach, Section Medical Psychology & Psychotherapy, Dr. Ida Korfage, Public Health, Dr. Elly Stolk, EuroQol Research Foundation, Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)

Course fee

€ 640






Introductory level of epidemiology.


  • Public Health


How to apply

Detailed information about this course:


In recent years, the patient's assessment of quality of life has developed to an important outcome measure in epidemiology and health services research. Moreover, quality of life measures are increasingly used as criteria in reimbursement policy, most notably in QALY-analysis.

The aim of the course is to provide the participants first, with a review of the instruments currently available; Second, participants are provided with the knowledge required to select measures of quality of life that are both valid and sensitive for the research objectives of the participants;

Third, participants will acquire the knowledge and practical skills necessary to adjust standard measures of quality of life instruments for their specific disease area’s, with a special focus on reimbursement. The programme consists of presentations, exercises and demonstrations of practical issues. Participants are invited to email their specific interest at forehand, and these topic will be discussed during the course.


  • Background of ‘health status' and ‘quality of life’.
  • Main principles of construction of a quality of life questionnaire.
  • Available instruments.


  • Adaptation instruments for specific research questions: increase sensitivity.
  • QALY-analysis.
  • Practical and ethical value of measuring quality of life in a reimbursement setting.

A facultative pre-course virtual welcome reception will be hosted on the Friday before the official start of the course. We highly recommend you attend this event as well!


  • After completing this course, the student can evaluate quality of life instruments with respect to validity and sensitivity
  • After completing this course, the student can create a test battery by choosing the correct quality of life measurement questionnaires to answer a particular research question
  • Recognize the difference between in perspective on quality of life between the societal view and the patient view.

Participant profile

Medical and behaviour professionals who are relatively new in the field of quality of life measurement.



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.