Basic methods and reasoning in Biostatistics September 2019

Basic methods and reasoning in Biostatistics September 2019
The LUMC course ‘Basic Methods and Reasoning in Biostatistics’ covers the fundamental toolbox of biostatistical methods plus a solid methodological basis to properly interpret statistical results. The course is a mandatory part of the LUMC Graduate School Program and a prerequisite for any of the advanced biostatistical courses offered by the LUMC.
The course is given during a single week, followed by a final examination on the next Tuesday.

In this course we will cover the basics of biostatistics and participants will learn how to analyze practical problems in medical research using statistical software. Subjects covered are among others: descriptive statistics, principles of statistical estimation and testing, cross tabulation and chi-square test, Student t-test and the correspondence with non-parametric counterparts, simple regression and correlation, introduction to analysis of variance, study design, interpretation of observational data, bias, multiple testing, good statistical practice, sample size calculation, pros and cons of p-values.

week: 9-13 September 2019
exam Tuesday 17 September 2019

Registration on Monday: 09.00 - 09.30

Every day from 09.00 - 17:00

  • At the beginning of each day except Monday, the material of the previous day is discussed during a general question session from 09.45 - 09.30 followed by 2 lectures.
  • The material of Friday will be discussed on Monday 18 February 2019 from 9-9.30 
  • Every afternoon participants work individually in the electronic learning environment on their own PCs/laptops on their own workplace. For participants who do not have their workplace at the LUMC we booked a separate room where you can work.
  • Please note that you have to sign the attendance list every day

Make sure you have either SPSS or R (according to your preference) installed on your computer to work through the exercises. Non-LUMC participants with a non-windows PC (like a Mac) should make sure they obtain and install a (evaluation version of) SPSS or R before the course. You can find an SPSS trial version at . R is a free software environment and can be downloaded from the R project website. All LUMC participants should make sure they have access to SPSS or R and should work on their own PCs at any location convenient for them. Contact the ICT department if you need help with the installation.


Secondary school mathematics. No prior knowledge of biostatistics required.

Teaching environment

Lectures and e-learning including practical sessions with SPSS or R.

Recommended book

(for reference purposes only; not used during course)
Aviva Petrie & Caroline Sabin,
Medical Statistics at a Glance.
ISBN 0-632-05075-6


The exam will take place on Tuesday 17 September in the main building, J1-82 and J1-84

Coordinators and teachers: Dr. N. van Geloven and Dr. M.D.M. Rodrigues Girondo, dep. of Biomedical Data Sciences

For more information

Please see this introductory video about the course: video 
and (only during the course)

Bezoek website voor meer informatie




LUMC - Boerhaave Nascholing


Building: Gebouw 1, Route: 558, Room: CZ-5





Building: Gebouw 1, Route: 558, Room: CZ-5