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Methods of Public Health Research [ESP11]

Course highlights



Start date

14 August 2017

End date

18 August 2017

Course days

Monday to Friday (5 mornings)

Course time

From 8:45 till 11:45


Prof. Lex Burdorf

Course fee

€ 470


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL




Principles of Research in Medicine and Epidemiology (ESP01), or equivalent knowledge.


  • Public Health
  • Methodology

Course Materials

Online, download instructions will be sent in August by e-mail. A laptop is required.

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Faculty: Prof. Lex Burdorf, Ir. PhD

This course aims to provide an introduction to the study designs and analytic methods available to public health researchers to describe the influence of important determinants on public health and to evaluate effects of primary preventive intervention on public health. This course focuses on population health rather than individual health and explains why different designs and methods are required. The course targets three key issues: (1) summary measures of population health, such as standardised morbidity rates and life expectancy, (2) measures of association and relative importance of specific causes for population health, and (3) evaluation of population interventions through community trials and alternative designs based on natural experiments. Designs and methods will be illustrated in lectures and exercises and application will be discussed in hot topics, such as health inequalities; causes and consequences of ageing; avoidable diseases such as cancer; and exposure assessment in environmental epidemiology.

The course will be relevant to those who have a basic knowledge of epidemiology, and who wish to start a career in public health research.

Teaching methods:
This course will use lectures, exercises, and group discussion as teaching tools.


- Understand key research designs and analytic methods in Public Health research.
- Understand background, causes, and consequences of key issues in population health.

Participant profile

PhD students and public health professionals who want a structured insight into the best methods to address current population health problems.