Prognosis is a key concept in patient care. However, although Prognosis Research is becoming increasingly important in clinical medicine, the actual methodology behind it is relatively underdeveloped.
Prognosis is a key concept in patient care. The methodology of prognosis research is however relatively underdeveloped. This is in contrast to its growing importance in clinical medicine. In this course, principles and methods of non-experimental prognosis research will be discussed. In lectures, practical exercises and discussion of examples, the practice of prognosis research in a clinical setting is addressed. Emphasis will be on design and statistical analysis of prognosis studies, construction and estimation of prediction rules and approaches to validation and generalization of research results.
By the end of the course, you should be able to:
In particular, you should be able to:
In the course, the following topics will be discussed:
This Prognosis Research course includes an open book exam that consists of multiple choice and essay questions. Know that that you will not have to do any analyses yourself. The questions will focus on interpretation and theory.
The exam are, by default, online using online proctoring. If you wish to take the exam on-site in Utrecht, the Netherlands, this is possible as well.
Exam edition February 2024
The exam will take place on March 1st, 2024 from 14:15 – 16:15 CET. The re-examination will take place on April 19th, 2024 from 14:15 – 16:15 CET. Note: these times might be subject to change. The exact time and place will be announced as soon as possible in the learning environment and any changes announced there will overrule the information here.
Taking 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.
• MSc Epidemiology Postgraduate students 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 through firstname.lastname@example.org.
• All other participants should contact the MSc Epidemiology Office instead, through MSc-Epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl.
In short, as of now, it is no longer possible to skip the first exam option and -automatically- enroll in the second exam. Unauthorized absence during the first exam period results in no longer being able to finish the course that college year.