Primary and Secondary Prevention Research, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 5 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
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The Primary and Secondary Prevention Research course will introduce and illustrate methods and practices of research in the planning, development and evaluation of interventions to prevent ill health. This course is offered at Erasmus University Rotterdam.


Primary and secondary prevention may work together, depending on the determinants of disease and technology available. Life style factors, like for example cigarette smoking, dietary habits and physical activity, are important determinants of health and disease. Therefore, promoting healthy life styles is important in public health interventions. This course is offered at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Screening for diseases that are related to these determinants can possibly improve prognosis, gain life-years and quality of life. However, early detection also means a longer period of life during which a person is aware of having the disease, and false-positive test results will induce unnecessary diagnostic interventions. Crucial in prevention research is the individual and population perspectives, with consequences for designing a study, evaluating an intervention, communicating to the people and setting priorities. Special emphasis will be given to cancer research, cardiovascular interventions, and the role of lifestyle in prevention. The course will consist of lectures, exercises and presentations of illustrative examples of primary and secondary prevention research.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure


  • Introducing the methods and practices of primary and secondary preventive research.
  • Introducing the biases and interpretation of screening to detect diseases early in order to improve survival of quality of life.
  • Illustrate when to implement screening strategies, and how to implement and evaluate primary prevention strategies.
  • Give up-to-date information on the determinants of and policies for cancer and cardiovascular prevention.


Faculty: Prof. Oscar Franco, MD PhD and Prof. Harry de Koning, MD PhD

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 470 International
  • EUR 470 EU/EEA


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