Principles of Research in Medicine and Epidemiology [ESP01]
Monday to Friday (5 mornings)
Prof. Arfan Ikram
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL
There are no specific prerequisites for this course. An active interest or some experience in conducting research is recommended.
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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.
Please note that we are currently updating the information for 2023, therefore the course information is still subject to change.
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
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
PLEASE NOTE: This does not apply to the fee of the research master programmes (120 EC points)
No fees are charged for Erasmus MC PhD candidates, provided they have an account in Hora Finita, the Erasmus University PhD registration system.
In case of cancellation or no show, the cancellation policy applies based on the full course fee.
25% reduction for all (international) PhD candidates without formal appointment at Erasmus MC
Upon receipt of your application you will receive a request to upload proof of enrollment as a PhD candidate.