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Introduction to Epidemiology

Utrecht University

21 days
445 EUR/full
445 EUR/full
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The Introduction to Epidemiology course from Utrecht University will provide you with insights into the basic terminology and principles of epidemiology. 


These range from the history and design of epidemiological research to the different measures of frequency and association. We will also address the principles of bias and confounding, thereby enabling you to familiarize yourself with all the key epidemiological concepts.

This is one of the online medical courses offered through the Introduction to Epidemiology course from Utrecht University, and as such is highly relevant for anyone participating in a medical education or working in healthcare. It will also provide you with a good basis for further research into specialized areas of epidemiology.

Introduction to Epidemiology is part of MSc Epidemiology Postgraduate Online; the online MSc program in Epidemiology offered by Utrecht University, University Medical Center Utrecht, MSc Epidemiology and Elevate Health

Learning objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Use and explain the basic terminology and principles used in epidemiology
  • State important historical developments in health sciences in general, and epidemiology in particular

In particular, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between, and apply, the different measures of frequency, association and impact that are commonly used in epidemiological research
  • Calculate these measures using simple numerical examples
  • Tell apart and explain the different aspects of epidemiological research (causal and descriptive).
  • Tell apart and state the (dis)advantages of the different study designs used in epidemiological research: cohort, case-control and cross-sectional studies.
  • Read and interpret (simple) epidemiological scientific papers, and recognize in these papers which study design was used
  • Apply the correct measures of frequency and association belonging to the different epidemiological study designs
  • Explain the meaning of the terms ‘bias’ and ‘confounding’ and distinguish between them

Programme Structure

Course topics:

  • What is epidemiology?
  • Measuring diseases
  • Design of data collection
  • Cohort studies
  • Case-control studies
  • Cross-sectional studies
  • Bias and confounding

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines





1.5 ECTS



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

  • An academic (university) level of thinking
  • Sufficient proficiency in English reading and writing

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    445 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 445 EUR for the full programme during 21 days.
  • EU/EEA

    445 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 445 EUR for the full programme during 21 days.


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