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Multivariable Analysis

Take this advanced course designed for public health researchers to gain insights, appraise and use multivariable models.

Short Courses

  • Face-to-face

  • Antwerp

5 ECTS Credits



About the course


Multivariable analysis is an essential tool in modern epidemiology. Particularly observational research and research about aetiology is multivariable by nature. To critically appraise the published literature and to engage in epidemiological research, a basic understanding of multivariable models and the underlying assumptions is required.

The aim of this course component is to enable participants to appraise and apply three types of multivariable analysis, i.e. linear, logistic, and Cox regression, in the domain of public health research.

This is an advanced course component: it should allow a deeper understanding of basic concepts of epidemiology and statistics, such as bias, confounding, effect modification, stratification, significance, and study design.

This course is relevant for:

  • MPH students planning to use multivariable analysis methods for their thesis work
  • All students preparing for a research career
  • All students planning to use epidemiological literature in a critical way
  • PhD candidates planning to use multivariable analysis methods in their research projects

Examples and exercises will be selected and updated based on the expertise and research projects of the staff of the Department of Public Health at ITM.

Learning objectives

After completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • Understand three multivariable analysis methods, i.e. multiple linear regression, logistic regression, and Cox regression (survival analysis)
  • Identify the measurement scale of outcome variables
  • Justify when it is appropriate to use these methods
  • Identify and explain confounding and effect modification
  • Translate a research question into a multivariable regression model
  • Recognise different approaches to model building and make a case for a specific approach
  • Write, interpret and apply simple linear regression equations
  • Perform multiple linear regression, logistic regression and survival analysis using statistical software
  • Appraise research papers that use multivariable analysis methods

Tuition fee

€ 730 EEA / 1900 non-EEA


NVAO , valid until 30 September 2024

Course Leader(s)

  • Epco Hasker

Course Coordinator(s)

  • Marjan Pirard

Course Administrator(s)

  • Nadine Nuyts