Conceptual Foundation of Epidemiologic Study Design, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 5 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)


The Conceptual Foundation of Epidemiologic Study Design course, Erasmus University Rotterdam elaborates the fundamental principles of epidemiologic study design. It begins with an introduction to the basic principles of epidemiologic inference, including concepts of causation, causal inference and the measurement of disease occurrence and causal effects. With this foundation, attention shifts to the principles of study design and discussion of the major types of epidemiologic study, primarily cohort and case-control studies. The utility and consequences of matching in subject selection is also addressed. The course concludes with a presentation of the underlying principles of epidemiologic data analysis.


  1. Participants will be conversant with the concepts of causation and causal inference in epidemiology, as well as the basic epidemiologic measures, especially risk and rate measures, and effect measures based on them.
  2. Participants will understand and be able to explain the conceptual similarities and differences between cohort and case-control studies.
  3. Participants will be able to define and describe confounding and discuss the primary ways in which it can be controlled, and articulate why matching of subjects may be inadequate as a means to prevent confounding.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 5 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • 0.7

Start date

  • 8 August

End date

  • 12 August

Course days

  • Monday to Friday (5 mornings)

Course time

  • From 8:45 till 11:45


Kenneth Rothman

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements


Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 790 International
  • EUR 790 EU/EEA


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