Survival Analysis, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 5 days
    Duration
  • Tuition
    1420
    Tuition (Full programme)
    1420
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

Survival analysis is the study of the distribution of life times, i.e. the times from an initiating event (birth, diagnosis, start of treatment) to some terminal event (relapse, death). Survival analysis is most prominently (but not only) used in the biomedical sciences. This course is offered at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

A special feature of survival data is that it takes time to observe the event of interest. A result of this seemingly innocent observation is that for a number of subjects the event is not observed, but instead it is known that it has not taken place yet. This phenomenon is called censoring and it requires special statistical methods.

During the course different types of censored and truncated data will be introduced and techniques for estimating the survival function by employing both parametric and non-parametric methods will be illustrated. Also techniques for testing equality of survival functions (the log-rank test and alternatives) are discussed. Finally regression models for survival analysis, based on the hazard function (most notably the Cox proportional hazards model), will be studied in great detail.

Special aspects such as time-dependent covariates and stratification will be introduced. Techniques to be used to assess the validity of the proportional hazards regression model will be discussed. The last part of the course touches on models for multivariate survival analysis, including competing risks and multi-state models and frailty models. Finally, aspects of the planning of clinical trials with lifetime data will be discussed.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

ECTS

  • 1.4

Start date

  • 15 August

End date

  • 19 August

Course days

  • Monday to Friday (5 full days)

Course time

  • From 8:45 till 16:00

Objectives

After competing this course the student should:

  • Understand the concept of censoring and its implications for statistical analysis;
  • Be familiar with the most important techniques in survival analysis, such as the Kaplan-Meier estimate, the log-rank test and proportional hazards regression;
  • Understand the underlying assumptions and limitations of these techniques;
  • Be able to perform statistical analysis of time-to-event data and interpret the results

Participant profile

Clinicians who are involved in clinical research with time-to-event data or want to learn the concepts and techniques for the analysis of such data.

Assessment

Attendance, Written exam

Lecturers

Prof. Hein Putter, PhD

Academic Requirements

Knowledge of statistics. Knowledge of regression models is advised.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 1420 International
  • EUR 1420 EU/EEA

Funding

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.

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