Aim of the course
The aim of this course is to learn the basic terms and principles of epidemiology and to understand how epidemiological findings can contribute to the knowledge within the field of toxicology.

Content of the course
The course consists of interactive class sessions in which the basic principles of epidemiology will be taught. Specific topics within the field of epidemiology are discussed, e.g. study designs, bias and confounding, interpretation of study outcomes, and risk assessment. In addition to the class sessions, there will be tutorial sessions in which epidemiological papers are evaluated and in which participants can work on their individual research proposal for an epidemiological study within the field of toxicology.

Outcomes (competences, skills)
After successful completion of the course the participant:

  • understands how epidemiology can contribute to the knowledge within the field of toxicology;
  • understands the basic terms in epidemiological research and is able to differentiate between different study designs and recognize their weaknesses and strengths;
  • is familiar with the main measures of frequency and association, and the principles and criteria of causality;
  • is able to define, explain and recognize bias, and knows how to explain the difference between confounders and effect modifiers;
  • is able to distinguish internal validity from external validity, and random errors from systematic errors;
  • is able to design an epidemiological study with a clear research question and an appropriate study design.

Dr. Michiel de Boer, VU Amsterdam Ron Hoogenboom, Wageningen University and EFSA
Dr. Gijs Klous, VU Amsterdam and IRAS Utrecht University
Dr. Esther Molenaar, VU Amsterdam
Dr. Sylvia Notenboom, RIVM Bilthoven
Prof.dr. Raymond Ostelo, Amsterdam UMC location VUmc, Amsterdam
Dr. Annemieke Spijkerman, RIVM Bilthoven
Dr. Eva Sugeng, VU Amsterdam
Dr. Jelske van der Burg, VU Amsterdam
Dr. Willy-Anne van Stiphout, STIP Zweeloo

During this course participants will write an individual research proposal for an epidemiological study within the field of toxicology. The proposal needs to be submitted to the course coordinator before 17:00h CET on the last day of the course (Friday 2nd April 2021). To pass the course, participants need to attend all lectures and group sessions and participants need to pass the individual research proposal assignment.

Coordinator: Prof.dr. M.B.M. van Duursen
Duration: 1 week
ECTS credits: 1.5
Fee:          see tuition fees (includes reduced fees for PhD students)
Location: Online, information will follow
For general inquiries please contact the PET Office

To apply please proceed to course registration and for questions please contact the PET Office

Last updated: 17-Nov-20