Clinical Epidemiology

"Learn to design a clinical epidemiological study."

In clinical epidemiology, research is focused on questions of diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and etiology. To address these questions, several research options are available, including intervention trials and case-control studies using data obtained in a clinical setting.

Start date(s): 
Face-to-face: 23 november 2020. Online: 10 May 2021.
Time investment: 
Face to face: five full working days and one exam Online: three weeks, 14 hours a week
University Medical Center Utrecht
Faculty of Medicine
Fee:  This fee is exempt from VAT
Face-to-face: € 870 Online: € 435
Extra information: 

Students should attend at least 80% of the classes in the course. Attending the debate on Friday is obligatory. Attendance lists will be distributed during the morning and afternoon sessions. Students will be graded based on an exam (closed book, both MC and open questions, 1 hour and 45 minutes, on the computer, using TestVision). To pass this course, the final grade needs to be 5,5 or higher and the attendance rate at least 80%, including the debate on Friday.


Due to the COVID-19 measures, the face-to-face course cannot take place at the UMC Utrecht. We offer the course online. Make sure that you are full-time available.

In the course, the principles and practice of clinical epidemiology will be considered and examples from the literature will be worked out and discussed. The aim is to provide the participants with the knowledge to evaluate and judge applied clinical research and data analysis and give a sufficient scientific and methodological background to actively participate in clinical studies.

At the end of this course, you are able to:

  • Define, explain and apply the basic terminology and principles specific for clinical epidemiology
  • Differentiate between the different aspects of clinical epidemiological research (diagnostic / etiologic / prognostic / therapeutic)
  • Construct a clinical research question that includes outcome, determinants and domain
  • Characterize different designs of data collection used in clinical epidemiology
  • Design a clinical epidemiological study
  • Name and identify the data-analysis techniques that are used for the different types of clinical epidemiological studies
  • Interpret the results of basic data analyses of a clinical epidemiological study
  • Explain the concepts of bias, and the issues concerning confounding bias
  • Read and explain clinical epidemiological scientific papers and identify, in these papers, which design of data collection and data analysis were used


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