Epidemiology - Research methodology in patient- and population-based medical research

A 3-day course

This 3-day course is offered on demand and on location. Please contact our registration office for organizing this course in your organization. The course can be offered in Dutch or English.


Epidemiological research is an important tool for the improvement of public health and healthcare. A valid research design, unbiased research conduct and proper interpretation of study results provide the essential foundation for evidence-based medicine. This book contains guidance on how to design, conduct and interpret human population-based health research. This course reflects the diversity of the field and discusses the methods of aetiological, diagnostic, prognostic and intervention research.


The course will follow much of the content of Textbook Epidemiology commissioned by the European Epidemiology Federation and written by Bouter, Zielhuis and Zeegers (Springer 2017). It will make use of plenary lectures, exercises in small groups and self-study from the book chapters.

Target audience

This course is developed for health scientists operating on MSc+ level with an interest in conducting or interpreting patient- and population-based health research and for practitioners in the medical and allied health professions. The course materials will serve as a reference guide for those with basic or advanced experience with the design and interpretation of epidemiologal studies


  • Prof. Maurice Zeegers, author Textbook Epidemiology, vice-president European Epidemiology Federation, head of school at Maastricht University
  • Anke Wesselius, PhD, course coordinator, MSc in Epidemiology at Maastricht University

Course schedule

Day 1
Introduction in Epidemiology
Frequency and Association

Day 2
Research Designs
Observational Research
Diagnostic Research

Day 3
Experimental research
Systematic reviews