Clinical Epidemiology: Observational Epidemiology


Clinical Epidemiology: Observational Epidemiology

The main goal of this course is to familiarize participants with the evaluation of effects in observational study designs, based on contemporary epidemiological concepts. By the end of this course, participants will be able to provide the counterfactual definition of causality, to explain the nature of confounding, and to recognize and discuss potential solutions for it.


Half days

Scheduled dates

Edition 1:

October 10 thru 14, 2022

Edition 2:

January 23 thru 27, 2023   February 13 thru 17, 2023

Edition 3:

May 29 thru June 2, 2023

Target audience

PhD candidates are assumed to be familiar with basic epidemiology (up to the level in the medical curriculum), to know about epidemiological studies and effect measures, and be able to handle basic statistical concepts and techniques (estimates, confidence interval, hypothesis test, regression).

Study Load

16 hours, which is comparable to 0.6 ECTS points.


Counterfactuals, directed acyclic graphs, stratification, propensity scores, inverse probability weighting, Mendelian randomization, instrumental variable analysis.

Number of participants

Maximum 25 per course.


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Course Coordinator

Prof. dr. P.M.M. Bossuyt

More information

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