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17.08.2020 To 21.08.2020

CANCELLED Rolf H.H. Groenwold / Maarten van Smeden: "Causal research and prediction modeling"

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Intensive Short Course

Flyer Causal Research and prediction modeling, Aug 17 - 21, 2020

The intent of this intensive short course is to strengthen the methodological skills of the research community. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will have a deeper understanding of methods in causal and prediction research and increased confidence in how to apply these tools in their everyday research practice.


Learning objectives:

By the end of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Critically assess the results of epidemiological studies on causal relationships or prediction models
  • Correctly define exposures and learn how to best represent them in models
  • Understand difference between various sources of bias (confounding, measurement error and missing data) and the way these biases may differentially affect studies on causal relationships and prediction models.
  • Describe key assumptions of methods used to control for (time-varying) confounding.
  • Describe key assumptions of methods used to handle missing observations.
  • Understand the reasons for and consequences of overfitting prediction models
  • Describe recent developments in the fields of causal research and prediction modelling


  • Basic knowledge of epidemiology
  • Familiarity with R statistical software (for a short introduction see


  • 750 €
  • 510 € for enrolled students (proof required)


Please use the registration form or send an e-mail to Tanja Te Gude
Tel. +49 30 450 570 812

Organizational and administrative matters


Rolf H.H. Groenwold, MD, PhD, Leiden University Medical Center (NL)
Maarten van Smeden, PhD, Leiden University Medical Center (NL)

Event organizer

Berlin School of Public Health
Institute of Public Health


9:00 - 17:00h


Charité Campus Virchow



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