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Psychometric validation of patient reported outcome measures
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3343-24-00-00 
Enrollment deadline: 06/05/2024
Date and time10.06.2024, at: 08:00 - 11.06.2024, at: 15:00
Regular seats20
Course fee6,720.00 kr.
LecturersKarl Bang Christensen
ECTS credits2.50
Contact personSusanne Kragskov Laupstad    E-mail address: skl@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This is a generic course. This means that the course is reserved for PhD students at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences at UCPH.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at the Graduate School, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to the waiting list.
The course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD students at NorDoc member faculties. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Learning objectives

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1. Know the basic principles for validation of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) using item response theory (IRT) models and Rasch models.
2. Do simple analyses for PROM validation studies using state-of-the-art methods.
3. Evaluate the quality of published PROMS validation studies.


The course introduces psychometric models for validation of index scales summarizing information from several items. The course covers confirmatory factor anlysis (CFA) models, item response theory (IRT) models, and Rasch measurement models. Detection and modelling of differential item functioning and local dependence is discussed. The computer exercises use R. The course consists of ten hours of classroom teaching supplemented by online elements.


Ph.D.-students and researchers within medicine, public health, epidemiology, sociology, and psychology. A basic knowledge of statistics will be assumed, as will knowledge of simple methods for scale validation corresponding to the contents of the Ph.D. course ‘Introduction to validation of patient reported outcome measures’.

Relevance to graduate programmes

The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

All graduate programmes




A mixture of lectures and computer exercises. A compulsory exercise is handed out on the last day. Participants who bring relevant data of their own can do a compulsory exercise based on these, if the course director approves this. This exercise needs to be handed in by e-mail to the course secretary no later than June 25 (two weeks after the last day on the course). Participants should bring their own laptop with R installed.

Course director

Associate professor Karl Bang Christensen, Section of Biostatistics; kach@sund.ku.dk


Associate professor Karl Bang Christensen, and external teachers.


June 10-11, 2024, both days 8-15.

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Please register before 6 May 2024

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules. Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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