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 Brief Description:

Our Real World Evidence Summer School will provide participants with the tools and concepts necessary to plan and execute Real World Evidence studies, with a focus on the use of the OMOP common data model. The course will have morning lectures followed by afternoon practicals where concepts discussed in the morning will be put in practice with hands-on sessions. Practical sessions will have two tracks: a) for those interested in the design of studies and use of existing analytical and data curation tools; and b) for more advanced data scientists and programmers interested in the development or modification of analytical code using R.

 Registration:  The Course Is Fully Booked.

Venue: Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6QA  

Please be advised that the course venue is at Lady Margaret Hall and accommodation venue is at St. Hilda's college.

Date: 17- 21 June 2024

For booking please use Booking information  (Fully Booked)


Pharmacists, clinicians, academics (including statisticians, epidemiologists, and related MSc/PhD students); Industry (pharmacy or device) or Regulatory staff with an interest in the use of routinely collected data for research. 


Course faculty will include staff working at the Health Data Sciences section of the Botnar Research Centre (University of Oxford), who lead the OHDSI UK national node, and programmers co-leading the development of tools for regulatory analytics in the context of DARWIN EU. This year we are also expecting Associate Prof Shirley Wang (Harvard Pilgrim) as a speaker to cover target trial emulation/duplication.


1. DATA DISCOVERY: Gain an understanding of the existing sources of routinely collected data for epidemiological research 

2. THE OMOP COMMON DATA MODEL: Become capable to explain the principles underpinning this common data model, and to provide examples of existing real world data mapped to this CDM.
3. RWE STUDY DESIGN/S: Be able to discuss common types of real world evidence study designs, including cohort, case-control, and case only studies. 
4. PHARMACO- AND DEVICE EPIDEMIOLOGY: Be aware of the applications of real world data in both pharmaco and device epidemiological studies, including drug/device utilisation and safety research. 
5. PREDICTION MODELLING: Learn basic concepts on the design and evaluation of prognostic/prediction models developed using real world data; and the use of such methods for treatment heterogeneity/personalised medicine research.
6. REAL WORLD EVIDENCE METHODS: Be familiar with the basics of RWE methods, including a) machine learning, b) principles of network/federated multi-database studies, and c) methods to minimise confounding (e.g. propensity scores). 

7. TARGET TRIAL EMULATION: You will learn the basics of target trial emulation methods, and hear on previous experiences duplicating/replicating trials using Real World data
8. PRACTICAL SKILLS IN RWE STUDY DESIGN AND ANALYSIS: Acquire hands-on experience and skills designing and implementing RWE analysis plans, and/or programmatic skills.

Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your booking for the Oxford Summer School 2024 by notifying us in writing. You will receive the % of refund back based on the period of notice received as follows: 

  • Before 28th April 2024: 100% 
  • After 28th April and until 31st May 2024: 50%.
  • From 1st June 2024: 0%

 For more information about the registration process, please contact the course administrator (