Conceptual Foundation of Epidemiologic Study Design, Certificate

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Duration 5 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • 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.
  • Participants will understand and be able to explain the conceptual similarities and differences between cohort and case-control studies.
  • 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.
  • Lecturers

    Kenneth Rothman

    English Language Requirements

    This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

    Take IELTS test

    Academic Requirements

    This course is intended for those who are new to epidemiology who wish to focus on the conceptual foundation, or those with a similar interest who already have some familiarity with epidemiology.


    An interest in the conceptual foundations of epidemiologic research.

    Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

    • EUR 790 International
    • EUR 790 EU/EEA


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