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

Due to the Corona virus/COVID-19 outbreak this course is exceptionally given as a virtual learning course, so all participants can follow it safely from home. We have extended the application deadline for this course (since no practical arrangements for visa, travelling a.o. have to be made).

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.

1 week
Due to Covid-19 this course takes exceptionally place via e-learning
Course period
from 07/12/2020 until 11/12/2020
Course fee Normal
EUR 750 (tropEd fee EUR 500)
KIT application deadline

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:

  • Recognise and adhere to the fundamental principles of research integrity and research fairness as a premise for good epidemiological practice
  • Perform basic data management and data analysis of a survey dataset in Stata
  • Interpret and contrast results from linear and logistic regression analyses (univariate and multivariate)

Course Content

  • Fundamentals research integrity and research fairness as a premise for good epidemiological practice, covering all steps of an epidemiological survey ranging from study preparation to communication of findings
  • Purpose and content of a statistical analysis plan and other study documentation to minimize Type I and Type II errors resulting from measurement errors, bias, confounding and effect modification
  • Sampling approaches for community based and health facility based surveys and introduction to sample size calculation
  • Basic data management and data analysis with Stata (Contingency tables, Chi-square and t-tests) with Stata using do-files
  • Interpretation of simple linear and logistic regression (Stata input and output)
  • Interpretation of multiple regression (Stata input and output) with a focus on its use in controlling for confounding and effect modification
  • Dissemination and communication of survey results to key stakeholders
  • Debate: how to balance epidemiological rigour and stakeholder information needs in an epidemiological survey
  • Exam   


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

  • Having completed the core course (Master of Public Health or International Health) OR Bachelor’s degree or equivalent academic training in either medicine or another field related to health care, such as health sciences, economics, social science or nursing.
  • Successfully completed a statistics and epidemiology course covering measures of association in public health (odds and risk ratios), statistical inference (chi-square ant t-tests), confidence intervals, Type I and Type II errors.
  • Participants should bring their own computer with Windows installed. A free 1-month Stata licence will be provided for the course.
  • Computer literacy is expected.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English equivalent to a written TOEFL score of 550, iBT TOEFL score of 80, computer based TOEFL score of 213, or an IELTS academic score of 6.0 .

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:

  • A one-page letter of motivation
  • Copies of your diplomas and grade reports
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae and a list of publications if applicable

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


Online distance learning via KIT Virtual Grounds, KIT’s virtual community of professionals in health and international development.
E-learning courses are the perfect solution for those looking to expand their knowledge but unable to study in Amsterdam. They can be followed via internet connection from anywhere in the world.


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 (ECTS) 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 ECTS 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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Why study at KIT?

  • Up-to-date approach to complex public health issues

  • Practice-oriented

  • Exchange between disciplines

  • Interactive Education

  • Development of personal and professional competencies

  • Network building

  • Participants from diverse backgrounds and countries

  • Personal tutoring

  • Teaching by highly qualified specialists

  • Positively reviewed by tropEd

  • KIT: international centre of excellence in international health and development

  • Accredited by NVAO