Diagnostic Research, Certificate

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    Application Deadline
  • 5 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


In this course Diagnostic Research, Erasmus University Rotterdam we will discuss the principles of interpreting diagnostic test results and evaluating diagnostic tests.

We will first review basic concepts such as sensitivity, specificity, predictive probabilities, likelihood ratios, Bayes theorem and ROC curves. Then we will discuss possible forms of bias that can influence studies evaluating diagnostic test performance and a method to correct for verification bias. Diagnostic meta-analysis and summary ROC curves will be discussed.

Next we will focus on modeling issues in using decision analysis to model diagnostic decisions. Conditional independence and multivariable prediction rules will be explained. The week will end with determining the optimal operating point on the ROC curve and estimating target values for new diagnostic technology.

To get credit for the course you will need to perform assignments. We will do the assignments in part during class so bring a laptop. Expect to spend at least 2 hours per day finishing the assignments after class.


  • Understanding the principles of interpreting diagnostic test results and evaluating diagnostic tests.

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 5 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Entry Level

Programme Structure


  • Diagnostic Research – EWP05

    Myriam Hunink

  • Pharmaco-epidemiology and Drug Safety – EWP03

    Bruno Stricker, Katia Verhamme, Sabine Straus

  • Biostatistics for Clinicians – EWP22

    Ariel Alonso Abad


  • Principles of Epidemiologic Data-analysis – EWP25

    Kenneth Rothman

  • Survival Analysis for Clinicians – EWP24

    Hein Putter

  • Advanced Analysis of Prognosis Studies – EWP13

    Ewout Steyerberg


  • Advanced Topics in Decision Making in Medicine – EWP02

    Myriam Hunink

  • Advanced Clinical Trials – EWP10

    Jacobus Lubsen, Tim Clayton


Myriam Hunink

Academic Requirements

Residents, fellows, clinical researchers, and public health researchers.

Those interested in diagnostic test evaluation.

Technological Requirements

A laptop is required.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 705 International
  • EUR 705 EU/EEA


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