• Start date:
  • 14 June 2021
  • Duration:
  • 5 days
  • Working as:
  • PhD

The course consists online ‘live’ lectures and practical exercises 

This course considers both theoretical backgrounds and practical aspects of modeling data with regression models. The focus is on linear and logistic regression models, although other models, like Poisson models or non linear regression models for continuous data will also be discussed.

Included topics are: simple linear regression, multiple linear regression, variance and covariance analysis (using a regression approach), adjustments for confounding, interaction, polynomial and other non linear regression models, logistic regression, goodness-of-fit, multivariate modeling, conditional logistic regression, generalized linear regression models, and the building of prediction models.

All statistical methods are practiced, using SPSS.

Pre-requirements: basic knowledge of statistics (e.g. the Boerhaave course Basic methods and reasoning in Biostatistics).Teaching environment


Monday 14 - Friday 18 June 2021: every day from 10.30 am - 17.30 pm.
Every morning we convene for lectures and discussions. Every afternoon all participants work on the exercises.

At the end of the day, solutions are discussed during a general session of approximately one hour.

All exercises and data are available on the website of the course. Please use a laptop for practicals on which SPSS is installed; all LUMC participants should make sure they have access to SPSS. The latest version of SPSS is required.
Lectures and practical sessions with SPSS.

None (to obtain a proof of participation, lectures should have been attended and special practical exercises should have been submitted)

Course material (overhead sheets, PowerPoint, exercises etc) are all in English. Lectures are also in English.

  Monday 14- Friday 18 June  2021
10:00 Welcome
B.J.A. Mertens 
12:00 Break
B.J.A. Mertens 
13:30 Practical exercises 
B.J.A. Mertens 
Dr. B.J.A. Mertens

Participation is free of charge for bachelor and master students of the Leiden University or VU University*.

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  • Please note that a fee will be charged to students who do not attend courses or who are too late cancelling their participation of the course.
Course fee € 450,-
Reduction fee employees LUMC € 150,-
Reduction for bachelor/master students Leiden University* Free of charge
Reduction fee for bachelor/master students outside Leiden University € 75,-