Medical Demography [HS04]

Course highlights

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Start date


End date


Course days

Monday to Thursday


W. Nusselder, PhD and others

Course fee

€ 760


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL




Public Health Research Methods (HS02) or equivalent. In addition, a basic proficiency in the use of spreadsheets is required.


  • Public Health


How to apply

Detailed information about this course:


The first day of the course starts with an overview of the different types of "what if" questions raised in public health, and an overview of the types of models that could be used to address such questions. Next we will briefly discuss population projection techniques. Further, the student will learn to apply the life table, which is a simple yet powerful technique to model the population dynamics underlying public health.

The second day will focus on summary measures that combine mortality and morbidity estimates, such as healthy life expectancies and disability-adjusted life expectancy. It will discuss two types of life tables that are used to this end: the Sullivan life tables, and the multi-state life tables. Attention is also given to assessing the effect on population health of specific diseases, such as stroke or cancer.

The third day will discuss the use of risk factor models, which are applied to assess the ways in which changes in risk factors such as smoking and overweight could affect population health. Examples will be based on the Dynamo model, which is a new, comprehensive model to be used in health impact assessments across Europe.

The last day will illustrate the use of population health models in a series of studies that evaluated the population health impact of different types of interventions. The emphasis is given to the Prevent model, which will be applied to assess the impact of life style changes on future cancer incidence.

The course consists of lectures and many computer exercises.

N.B.: This course is organised every other year.

Participant profile

Epidemiologists and public health researchers.



Reduction on fees


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).

25% reduction for all (international) PhD students
Please upload proof of enrollment as a PhD student in the application form and state the name of your tutor on the application form (remarks field).

25% reduction on our course fees (maximum 3 EC points per academic year) for all NIHES alumni
Please state that you are a NIHES alumnus/alumna and the academic year you graduated (remarks field). Please note that the reduction on fees for alumni does not apply to the Erasmus Summer Programme.