Practical Biostatistics (AMC PhD Program)

Information about the course Practical Biostatistics.

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This course teaches participants basic principles of biostatistics, including frequently used statistical tests and analyses. On successful completion, participants will be able to understand the requirements and assumptions for statistical tests and analytical procedures commonly used in clinical research, to perform these procedures in SPSS or R and to interpret the results. Participants will have access to both the SPSS and R parts of the course and the options to do the examination in either SPSS or R.


    Practical Biostatistics is an e-learning based course. In the e-learning, theory and computer assignments using SPSS or R are integrated. The e-learning is fully self-explanatory and is supported by a glossary, the AMC wiki biostatistics and a discussion forum for interaction with other students and tutors. The course allows participants to acquire statistical knowledge and skills independently when and where they choose.

    Please note that you should plan at least 40 hours of your time to work through the e-learning before the exam.

      Scheduled dates Exams:

      Starting is possible every week. Enrollment is possible for the earliest upcoming exam date with a time gap of six weeks.

      Exam dates:

      • November 11, 2020 (online)
      • January 13, 2021 (online)
      • March 10, 2021 (online)
      • May 12, 2021 (online)
      • June 23, 2021 (online)


        The topics covered are:

        1. Introduction; descriptive statistics.
        2. Principles of statistical testing.
        3. Comparing groups: continuous data.
        4. Comparing groups: categorical data.
        5. Correlation and linear regression.
        6. Multiple regression.
        7. Logistic regression.
        8. Survival analysis: ­Kaplan­-Meier curves and log-rank tests.
        9. Survival analysis­: Cox­ proportional hazards regression.
        10. Repeated Measurements.

        Target Audience:

        AMC PhD candidates. Non AMC PhD candidates can register for the individual e-learning through (and find more information) E-learning Biostatistics or contact the KEBB AMC employees are advised to register through the AMC intranet.

        Registered AMC PhD candidates use the application form (top of page).

        The course provides a gradual introduction to SPSS, including screencasts on how to perform the statistical analysis introduced in the course in SPSS. The course is suitable for participants with no previous knowledge of SPSS.

        However, the R part of the course does not currently offer a comparable gradual introduction to R. If you wish to follow the R part of the course, we recommend that you have some knowledge of the R environment before starting the course. If you have any questions about this, please contact the course coordinators.


        All materials, including the examination are in English.


        To qualify for the certificate, a participant must have finished the e-learning and make the exam.

        Study load:

        40 hours, which is comparable to 1.4 ECTS points.


        No charge for registered AMC PhD candidates. There is a course fee for externals; see E-learning Biostatistics or contact the Clinical Research Unit AMC employees get reduced fees.

        Course Coordinators:

        Dr. R. Holman / Clinical Research Unit (CRU) /

        More information:

        From the course coordinator or AMC Graduate School / / E2-172 / tel. +31 (0)20 - 566 4618.


        AMC Graduate School
        Tel: +31 (0)20 - 566 3108