Principles of Research in Medicine and Epidemiology [ESP01]

Course highlights

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Course days

Monday to Friday (5 mornings)


Prof. Arfan Ikram

Course fee

€ 490


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL




There are no specific prerequisites for this course. An active interest or some experience in conducting research is recommended.


  • Epidemiology


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Detailed information about this course:


Faculty: Prof. Arfan Ikram, MD PhD

This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of quantitative medicine. The principles of biomedical research are discussed and how these together form the building blocks towards evidence-based medicine. There will be thorough discussion on how to quantify disease occurrence, how to compare disease occurrence across groups, how to design a study, and how biases can impact properinferences from a study. The lectures will be illustrated with examples taken from the contemporary scientific literature.

The format of the course includes lectures, interactive discussions in small groups of 2-3 students, quizzes, and daily break-out working sessions of 15-20 students.

This course is of interest to anyone working in quantitative research. It will be of particular interest to students starting their research career or those who have experience in research outside of epidemiology. After successful completion of this course, students will be ready to engage in further (intermediate) level training in epidemiology.


After successful completion of this course, students will:

  • understand the various measures of disease frequency
  • be able to properly interpret the various measures of association in epidemiological research
  • be able to judge the methodological merits of a study, with respect to aspects of precision and validity
  • know basic analytical approaches in observational and experimental studies

Participant profile

Medical specialists from any discipline, general practitioners, psychologists, other health-care workers, biomedical researchers, public health researchers, data-scientists, bio-informaticians, scientific writers and journalists, health care policy-makers, researchers from private organizations.



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.