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About

This online Advanced Topics in Causal Research course from Utrecht University will address two important topics in causal epidemiologic research, namely confounding and effect modification. 

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Overview

Key Features

These topics will be discussed in the context of both etiologic research and observational intervention research. Effect modification and confounding are difficult concepts to understand and often mixed up. In this Advanced Topics in Causal Research course from Utrecht University the theory as well as the practical side of these issues will be discussed.

One particular problem in causal research is that the observed relation between a determinant and an outcome is attributed to that determinant, while in fact the observed relation should be attributed to another variable. This form of bias, often referred to as confounding, is central in this course. Other sources of bias, notably missing data and measurement error are not addressed in detail.

Epidemiological research often focuses on quantifying the relationship between treatment, risk factors, or exposure and health outcomes. The treatment, exposure, or risk factor is often referred to as the determinant. The motive of a researcher is often to find out whether the observed relation between the determinant and the outcome is causal. This course deals with this type of research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

At the end of the course, you'll should be able to:

  • understand the concept of confounding
  • understand the different methods to determine whether there is confounding and to adjust for confounding, and is able to apply these methods in a computer practice
  • understand more advanced methods to adjust for confounding namely propensity score method and instrumental variable method, and is able to apply these methods in a computer practice
  • understand the usefulness of sensitivity analysis to estimate the impact of unmeasured confounding, and is able to apply these methods in a computer practice
  • understand the concept of effect modification

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 21 days
    • 14 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Enrollment deadline 22 Mar, 28 Mar

Language

English

Credits

1 ECTS

1.5 EC

Delivered

Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

To successfully complete this course, you need to actively participate in the discussion forums and complete the final exam. The deadline for the final exam will be announced as soon as possible. You are allowed to redo the final exam once.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    870 EUR/full
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    Based on the tuition of 870 EUR for the full programme during 21 days.
  • EU/EEA

    870 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 870 EUR for the full programme during 21 days.

Funding

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