From 30 September 2019 09:00 to 18 October 2019 17:00

Introductory Biostatistics for Researchers - FULLY BOOKED

Course description

This course provides an introduction in statistical methodology and discusses a number of statistical techniques for practical data analysis.

Learning objectives

This course provides an introduction in statistical methodology and discusses a number of statistical techniques for practical data analysis, including T tests, Chi-square tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA), (multiple) linear and logistic regression and survival analysis. You will use concrete examples and case studies to apply the theory to practical situations. The course ends with a group assignment in which you analyse a case study, using the newly acquired statistical techniques.

Instructional method

In general, the daily schedule of our course includes morning lectures, followed by computer sessions in the afternoon. You will use examples from medical and biological research in the exercises. You will analyse data sets on computers, using the statistical software packages R and SPSS.

Prerequisite knowledge

Although active statistical knowledge is not a prerequisite, we assume some basic knowledge on statistics and mathematics acquired through, for example, courses in biostatistics in the bachelor programme or self study.

The basic knowledge we assume are:

  • the concepts of population and sample
  • histogram, boxplot, frequency table, scatterplot
  • mean, median
  • variance, standard deviation, range, interquartile range, standard error of the mean
  • probability, probability distributions (especially the normal distribution)

Max. number of participants


Number of credits

4.5 EC

Course schedule

10 course days within three weeks: September 30, October 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 15, 16 and 18, 2019

Course certificate

After active participation during the whole course (morning and afternoon sessions) participants will receive a certificate. 

Course fee

Course fee internal PhD candidates: €0.
Course fee academic staff UU/UMC: €1400.
Course fee external participants (if space permits): €1550/€1900.

‘Internal PhD candidates’ include:

  • PhD candidates registered to the Graduate School of Life Sciences of Utrecht University via Hora Est/MyPhD

‘Academic staff UU/UMC’ include:

  • PhD candidates of Utrecht University, not registered to the Graduate School of Life Sciences via Hora Est/MyPhD; 
  • Postdocs employed by the Utrecht University or UMC Utrecht;
  • Other academic staff employed at the UU/UMC

‘External participants' include:

  • all other participants


You may cancel your application free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. If you cancel your application within four weeks before the start or if you do not meet the attendance requirements of the course, you(r department/research group) will be charged a no-show fee (€700 for this course). Unfortunately we cannot make any exceptions to this policy.

More information and registration

Please refer to the website of the UMC Utrecht - Julius Center.
On this website you will find a registration form (PDF-file) which should be e-mailed to

Start date and time
30 September 2019 09:00
End date and time
18 October 2019 17:00
Entrance fee
Course fee internal PhD candidates: €0. Course fee academic staff UU/UMC: €1400. Course fee external participants: €1550/€1900.