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Survival Analysis

Utrecht University

35 days
870 EUR/full
870 EUR/full
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This online Survival Analysis course from Utrecht University will give an introduction to survival analysis and cover many of the types of survival data and analysis techniques regularly encountered in epidemiologic research. 


Survival data, or more generally, time-to-event data (where the “event” can be death,  disease, recovery, relapse or another outcome), is frequently encountered in epidemiologic studies. Censoring is a problem characteristic to most survival data, and requires special data analytic techniques.

The necessary statistical theory will be presented, but the course will focus on practical examples, with an emphasis on matching data analysis to the research question at hand. Lab sessions will give students the opportunity to apply the theory to real datasets using the free statistical software R.

Learning objectives

By the end of the Survival Analysis course from Utrecht University, you should be able to:

  • recognize or describe the type of problem addressed by a survival analysis
  • define and recognize censored data
  • define and interpret a survivor function and a hazard function, and describe their relation
  • recognize the computer printout from a Cox proportional hazards model, a stratified Cox model, and a Cox model extended for time-dependent covariates
  • state the meaning of the proportional hazards assumption and know how to check this assumption
  • recognize which survival analysis technique is appropriate for a given research question and dataset
  • interpret the computer printout for survival models, including hazard ratios, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Survival Data and Analysis
  • Checking the Cox Model
  • Advanced Cox regression, more on censoring and truncation
  • Competing risks and informative censoring

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 35 days
    • 9 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

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Enrollment deadline 3 Jan





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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 enroll in this course, you need:

  • A BSc degree
  • At least one course in basic statistical methods, up to and including simple and multiple linear regression, such as: Classical Methods in Data Analysis, Introduction to Biostatistics for Researchers, or their equivalent.
  • Note: R will be used during lectures and computer labs. Most techniques require the use of R (or another package, such as Stata or SAS). Those unfamiliar with the (free) statistical package R are strongly encouraged to practice with it before beginning the course.

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 35 days.
  • EU/EEA

    870 EUR/full
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    Based on the tuition of 870 EUR for the full programme during 35 days.


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