• Start date:
  • 5 February 2018
  • Duration:
  • 5 days
  • Intended Audience:
  • PhD


  • ABAN:
  • 10

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 practise, sample size calculation, pros and cons of p-values.

week: 5-9 February 2018
exam  Tuesday 13 February 2018.

Registration on Monday: 09.00 - 09.30

Every day from 08.45 - 17:15

  • At the begining of each day, except Monday, the material of the previous day is discussed during a general question session from 08.45 - 09.30 followed by 2 lectures.
  • The material of Friday will be discussed on Monday 12 February from 9-10 in lecture hall V3-44 in Building 3
  • Every afternoon participants work individually in the electronic learning environment on their own PCs/laptops on their own workplace.
  • Non-LUMC participants with a non-windows PC (like a Mac) should make sure they obtain and install a (evaluation version of) SPSS before the course; you can find a trial version at www.spss.com. For non-LUMC participants with a Windows PC, we have a number of USB sticks with the same trial version available. All LUMC participants should make sure they have access to SPSS and should work on their own PCs at any location convenient for them. At least version 17 of SPSS should be used.

Basic knowledge

Secondary school mathematics. No prior knowledge of biostatistics required.

Teaching environment

Lectures and e-learning including practical sessions with SPSS.

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 13 February 2018 in the main building, J1-82.

Coordinator and teacher: Dr. N. van Geloven, dep. of Medical Statistics & Bioinformatics;

M.D.M. Rodrigues Girondo: teacher

Several members of the department of Medical Statistics and Bioinformatics will offer support during the individual work in the electronic learning environment.

For more information

Please see this introductory video about the course: video 
and www.boerhaaveboard.nl (only during the course)



5 February 2018
  Day 1  
6 February 2018
  Day 2  
7 February 2018
  Day 3  
8 February 2018
  Day 4  
9 February 2018
  Day 5  
13 February 2018
09:00 Choose your prefered timeblock  
  Exam 1 (09:00 - 11:15)  
  Exam 2 (11:15 - 13:15)  
  Exam 3 (13:30 - 15:30)  
  Exam 4 (15:45 - 17:45)
Albinusdreef 2, 2333 ZA Leiden

Participation fee for employees LUMC    €  150

Participation fee outside LUMC               €  950

Bachelor/master students of the Leiden University are free of charge**  

**Participation is free of charge for bachelor and master students of the Leiden University. Please fill in your student email address and your student number.

Please be informed that we can ask you to show your student pass at the registration desk.

Please note that a fee will be charged to LUMC students who do not attend courses or who are too late cancelling their participation of the course.

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