Joint Models for Longitudinal and Survival Data [ESP72]

Course highlights

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Start date


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Course days

Monday to Friday (5 mornings)


Prof. Dimitris Rizopoulos, PhD

Course fee

€ 510


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL




This course assumes knowledge of basic statistical concepts, such as standard statistical inference using maximum likelihood and regression models. Also, a basic knowledge of R would be beneficial but is not required.


  • Biostatistics


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Detailed information about this course:


Faculty: Prof. Dimitris Rizopoulos, PhD

In follow-up studies, different types of outcomes are collected for each subject. These include longitudinally measured responses (e.g., biomarkers) and the time until an event of interest occurs (e.g., disease onset or death). These outcomes are often separately analyzed, but on many occasions, it is of scientific interest to study their association. This research question has given rise to the class of joint models for longitudinal and time-to-event data. These models constitute an attractive paradigm for the analysis of follow-up data that is mainly applicable in two settings: First when the focus is on a survival outcome, and we wish to account for the effect of endogenous time-dependent covariates measured with error, and second when the focus is on the longitudinal outcome, and we wish to correct for non-random dropout.

The course is explanatory rather than mathematically rigorous. Therefore emphasis is given in sufficient detail for participants to obtain a clear view of the different joint modeling approaches and how they should be used in practice. To this end, the course features a number of computer practicals in R showcasing the use of these models.


The course will explain which joint models can be used depending on the research questions to be answered and which model-building strategies are currently available.

Participants will be able to:

  • construct and fit an appropriate joint model in R,
  • correctly interpret the obtained results, and
  • extract additional useful information (e.g., plots) to communicate the results.

Participant profile

Professional statisticians, clinical researchers, clinical epidemiologists, decision scientists, public health researchers working in applied environments where hierarchical modeling and survival analysis are key issues.



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. When submitting the application, you can state that someone else pays your tuition fee.

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.