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Good epidemiological practice (GEP): implementation and analysis of global health studies

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Over the past decade, two movements have profoundly changed the environment in which global health epidemiologists work: research integrity and research fairness. On one hand, questionable research practices may lead to spurious findings if studies are ill-designed, poorly implemented, inappropriately analysed or selectively reported. On the other hand, local communities, institutions and researchers are too often side-lined from the formulation of research questions, the design and implementation of studies and the dissemination of findings.

This course aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to critically appraise and reflect on epidemiological practice in global health, as a basis for high quality impactful research.



This one week course equips participants with the basic skills to critically appraise the implementation and analysis of an epidemiological survey in global health, from planning to reporting and communication.

At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

Course Content


For participants who wish to be examined a paper or exam can be provided. tropEd students must take an exam at the end of the course.


This course is accredited by tropEd. It can be taken as an advanced module for the Master in International Health programme organised by tropEd, a network of European institutions for higher education in international health.

Learning methods

Throughout the course, all sessions will be embedded within a practical case study. Participants will be put in the perspective of a panel of experts who need to review the planning and conduct of a nation-wide survey, and advise policy-makers based on its results. Sessions will include lectures, group exercises, discussions, practical sessions with Stata, and a debate.

All study material including preparatory reading will be shared via the KIT online learning platform (Virtual Grounds).


 Admission criteria

Application procedure

The application package is due two months before the start of the course.

Please upload your application online. The following documents should be uploaded:

What we expect from your motivation letter:
Please indicate in your motivation letter why you want to follow this specific course, why you want to follow the course at KIT Amsterdam, what do you expect to learn and how you will apply your newly gained competencies from the course in your work, what kind of benefits will it bring to your future career, etc. Describe a relevant problem you have experienced in the last two years that you would like to discuss during this specific course. Your motivation should be about ½-1 page. Please do not repeat your CV again.

This course can be taken on its own or as part of the Master in International Health (MIH) programme.

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Practical information


The course takes place at KIT’s historical premises in Amsterdam.


The arrangement of financial support to cover all study costs is the responsibility of the applicant. KIT does not offer financial support or scholarships.


The European Credit Transfer System (EC) facilitates the transfer of course credits between different institutions of the same academic level. A course or module comprising 30 hours of formal teaching and private study is equivalent to one EC credit point.


This course is also accredited for the Master in International Health programme organised by tropEd, a network of European institutions for higher education in international health.

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