Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, Certificate

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


With the prospect that innovative drug therapies will be introduced in the coming years, society demands new approaches and concepts for comparative risk/benefit evaluation. Assessment of safety and risk management of different drug therapies is done in the framework of observational epidemiological studies (proof of ‘safety’, proof of ‘effectiveness’). This is the logical next step after randomized clinical trials, which are designed to provide evidence of a drugs ‘efficacy’.

The Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety course from Utrecht Summer School will cover key issues in pharmacoepidemiologic and drug safety research. Special topics include databases and molecular pharmacoepidemiology. Students will learn about the typical problems (e.g. confounding by indication, rare side effects) and approaches to deal with these problems in the practice of pharmacoepidemiology.

You will experience an intensive programme covering the following topics: Study Design and Methods; Confounding and other biases; Methods in drug

safety research; Drug Safety and Risk Management; Overview of

Pharmacoepidemiological databases; Molecular Pharmacoepidemiology; Drug utilization research; Synthesis, case studies & public health.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: 04 July
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 5 days
  • Credits
    1 ECTS

    1.5 ECTS credits

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course Aim

Students will learn about the typical problems and approaches to deal with these problems in the practice of pharmacoepidemiology.

Study Load
  • 1-week full time


Prof. S. Suissa, Prof. H.G.M. Leufkens, Prof. A. de Boer, Prof. A.C.G., Egberts, Prof. O.H. Klungel, Prof. T.P. van Staa, Dr. F. de Vries

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

Target Group
  • Post)graduates and professionals within governments, NGOs, industry, universities with a basic knowledge public health/medicine who have an interest in the policy aspects of pharmaceuticals, pharmacoepidemiology and/or pharmacoeconomics.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 950 International
  • EUR 950 EU/EEA
  • € 1150 - Course + course materials + housing
  • € 950 - Course + course materials
The fee includes lunches and one course dinner. 

This course can be combined with course M7 (Pharmaceutical Policy Analysis) and/or M14 (Pharmacoeconomics). Combination fee for two courses is €1500,- (excluding housing), combination fee for all three courses combined is €1950,- (excluding housing)


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