Certificate Methods of Public Health Research

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Application deadline: July 1
Tuition fee:
  • € 450 / Module (EEA)
  • € 450 / Module (Non-EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Duration full-time: 5 days
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This course aims to provide an introduction to the study designs and analytic methods available to public health researchers to describe the influence of important determinants on public health and to evaluate the effects of primary preventive intervention on public health. Examples are: standardisation of morbidity and mortality rates; life table analysis; calculation of measures of association and potential impact of relevance to public health; establishing effects of population interventions without randomization.

In addition, a number of substantive issues will be discussed, such as inequalities of health; public health aspects of ageing; causes of cancer, and exposure assessment in environmental epidemiology. The course will be relevant to those who have a basic knowledge of epidemiology, and who wish to start a career in public health research. 15 hrs.

* Develop an understanding of a number of research design and analytic methods which are often used in Public Health Research.
* Discuss a number of substantive issues in Public Health on the basis of recent research findings.

Who should apply?

PhD students and public health professionals who want a structured insight into the best methods to address current public health problems.

Teaching methods:

This course will use lectures, exercises, and group discussion as teaching tools.


Course code: ESP11

Faculty: Lex Burdorf

Date: August 19 23, 2013

Time: 08:45 11:45

Course days: Monday to Friday

Course material: Online, download instructions will be sent in August by e-mail. A laptop is required.

Prerequisites: Principles of Research in Medicine and Epidemiology, or equivalent knowledge.


Prof. Dr. Ir. Lex Burdorf


Each year, the Erasmus Summer Programme provides international students and professionals with an invaluable opportunity to spend three weeks in Holland, bringing themselves right up to date in the health sciences.

In just three weeks, the Erasmus Summer Programme provides 30 courses on state-of-the-art biomedical topics. Each course is designed to fully satisfy the needs of international students with a specific interest such as clinical medicine, general practice, public health, epidemiology, genetics or biostatistics.

A key part in the Erasmus Summer Programme is played by the Fellowships: three suites of courses that provide top-level instruction in clinical research training, public health research, and genetic epidemiology. Each Fellowship is a stimulating challenge for talented young scientists who seek leading careers in scientific research.

Between them, the Erasmus Summer Programme and the Fellowships make a vital contribution to life-long learning and the professional development of students and teachers. By attracting ever greater interest each year, they reveal the enormous international demand for a springboard to an MSc or PhD in quantitative medicine or public health research.

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