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Course module: BMB403014
Study Design in Etiologic Research
Course info
Course codeBMB403014
ECTS Credits3
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Epidemiology;
Contact persondr. C.H. van Gils
Contactperson for the course
dr. C.H. van Gils
Other courses by this lecturer
R.H.H. Groenwold, PhD
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dr. P.H.M. Peeters
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Teaching period
MASTER  (21/08/2017 to 18/08/2018)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
At the end of this course, the student:
  1. has insight in the principles and design of a cohort study, a case control study and a cross-sectional study;
  2. has insight in the advantages and disadvantages of cohort, case-control and cross-sectional studies;
  3. has insight in the differences between a cohort, case-control and cross-sectional study;
  4. has insight in the measures of frequency and association that can be calculated from cohort, case-control and cross-sectional studies;
  5. has insight in the validity aspects of cohort, case-control and cross-sectional studies;
  6. has insight in modern designs used instead of the classical case-control study (e.g. case-cohort study, case-cross-over study);
  7. has insight in the methods for data collection in the different study designs;
  8. has insight in the specific aspects of study design in veterinary epidemiology as compared to ‘human’ epidemiology (e.g. clustering of animals and the effects this has on study design, measurement of exposure status, disease status and confounders, and the selection of the study population);
  9. is able to choose an appropriate study design to be used in a specific situation or to answer a specific study question.
Period (from – till): 2 - 13 October 2017 

Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology

Registration: – learning environment

Cohort studies
Dr. C. van Gils
UMC Utrecht, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care
Dr . R. Groenwold, PhD
UMC Utrecht, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care
Course description:
In this course the principles and practice of cohort, case-control and cross-sectional studies are taught. Design, data collection and outcome measures are discussed, as well as the major advantages and disadvantages of the different study designs. Emphasis is on the application of study design in etiologic research. The course focuses on the more classical approach but also addresses modern concepts and design options, such as case-cohort designs. Various study designs are discussed, with emphasis on issues of validity.

Literature/study material used:
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Epidemiology & Epidemiology Postgraduate
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme: Yes
Prerequisite knowledge:
Introduction to Epidemiology
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
The course Introduction to Epidemiology
Required materials
Instructional formats
Computer practical

Core lecture

Group assignment





Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

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