Modern Methods in Data Analysis

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During this online course, you will learn to use statistical methods to study the association between (multiple) determinants and the occurrence of an outcome event. The course will begin with an introduction to likelihood theory, using simple examples and a minimum of mathematics. You will then move to learning about the most important regression models used in medical research. These include logistic regression, Poisson regression, analysis of `event history´ data, and the Cox proportional hazards regression model. In addition, you will become familiar with model validation and regression diagnostics, as well as with the basic principles of resampling methods and longitudinal data analysis. The course is aimed at professionals who are interested in to learn more about statistics for medical research. However, a medical education is not a requirement to succesfully participate in this course.

Modern Methods in Data Analysis is one of the online medical courses of the MSc Epidemiology Postgraduate Online; the online MSc program in Epidemiology offered by Utrecht University, University Medical Center Utrecht, MSc Epidemiology and Elevate Health.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the principles of the likelihood theory and maximum likelihood methods
  • Explain the principles of the following statistical analysis techniques: Logistic regression analysis, Poisson regression analysis, Analysis of event history data, including the Cox proportional hazards regression model
  • Explain model validation and regression diagnostics
  • Describe the basic principles of longitudinal data analysis
  • Apply the above-mentioned techniques using common statistical packages (e.g. SPSS or R)
  • Name the situations in which these techniques can be applied and the conditions that should be met to obtain reliable results using these techniques
  • Explain and interpret the results obtained with these techniques, and apply these results in practice (e.g. to answer a research question)

Course topics

  • Linear models
  • Likelihood and logistic regression
  • Poisson models and generalized linear models
  • Survival analysis
  • Resampling methods
  • Longitudinal data analysis

Learning methods

The whole course will take place online, apart from the final exam. The following learning methods will be used:

  • Web lectures
  • Computer exercises
  • Assignments
  • Self-tests
  • Reading assignments

Course Deadlines

Week 0
Sunday before start date - introduce yourself

Week 1
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 1

Week 2
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 2

Week 3
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 3

Week 4
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 4

Week 5
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 5

Week 6
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 6

Week 7
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 7

Week 8
Sunday – complete Learning Unit 8

Week 9
Monday – Final Exam


This course includes an exam that primarily consists of essay questions, which is the only part of the course that is not online.

Exam edition March-May 2019

The exam will take place on May 27th, 2019. The re-examination will take place on July 1st, 2019. The exact time will be announced as soon as possible.

If you are able and willing to take the exam in Utrecht, the Netherlands, we are available to proctor the exam for you without any costs. If you have to take the exam from a different location, you need a proctor. This proctor may ask you to pay for their expenses. Please read more about proctoring on our specific webpage

The exam is not compulsory. However, if you want to receive the Course Certificate and the credits, it is obligatory to take the exam. You are allowed to redo the exam once.

It might be that, due to a force majeure situation, you cannot be present during the first exam moment. You must then, preferably prior to the first exam option, ask the academic counsellor for permission to be absent. Please note that the academic counsellor can ask for some form of proof of your absence (e.g. in case of illness) to establish if you are applicable for authorized absence. Jaco de Fockert-Koefoed, MSc is the academic counsellor you need to turn to

In short, as of now, it is no longer possible to skip the first exam option and -automatically- enroll in the second (re-sit) exam. Unauthorized absence during the first exam period results in no longer being able to finish the course that college year.

Entry requirements

To enroll in this course, you need:

Please note
This course is offered through the MSc Epidemiology program developed by the UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University. The only part of the course that is not online is the examination. You do therefore need access to an internet connection in order to be able to follow lectures, complete assignments and communicate with fellow participants.

Course staff


Pick a date for this course:
(Enrollment deadline: 1 September 2019 - 23:59 CET)
78 days left.

Quick overview

  • 2 Sep 2019 – 3 Nov 2019
  • 9 weeks
  • 14 hrs/wk
  • Academic Certificate
  • 4.5 EC
  • Online
  • English
  • Web lectures, exercises, group discussions
  • Desktop, Laptop, Smartphone, Tablet
  • 1285

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