Acceptance Process and recommended literature for preparation
The acceptance process is composed of both a written and an oral component. The Acceptance Process takes place in the middle of June each year.
Written exam
The written part is an exam lasting 90 minutes, in which the knowledge and abilities of the applicant in the following topics is tested:
 basic knowledge in mathematics
 basic knowledge in statistical thought
 interpretation of scientific literature and statistical detail in the media
 fundamental knowledge in science
 basic knowledge in epidemiology and public health
Oral test
The oral test is conducted in the form of a 30 minute admission interview. The following topics will be discussed to assess the abilities of the applicant:
 knowledge of health care system in their country of origin
 motivation for the MSc degree program
 realistic perception of professional prospects
 knowledge and understanding of the scientific foundation of their degree, the first degree obtained as background for the MSc program
 problem solving and decision making abilities
 ability to critically evaluate scientific results
 communicative competence, for example the ability to translate technical information and ideas into layman’s terms, to formulate and defend a position and solution to a problem
Essential preparation for entrance exam and study program
1. Basics of Calculus:
 Numbers and basic mathematical Operations
 Algebraic Expressions, Equations
 Ratio & Proportion
2. Functions and their Graphs:
 Linear Functions, Quadratic Functions, Polynomials
 Logarithms and Exponential Function and Rules
 The Shape of Curves; Slope and Curvature
 Derivatives and Integrals of Functions
 Optimising Functions
 Area under a Curve
3. Basics of Chance, Probability Theory and Statistics
 Types and Scales of Variables
 Notation
 Computing Probabilities and Rules of Probability
 Theory of sets, “And” vs. “Or” and other operators and symbols
 Venn Diagrams
 Contingency Tables
 Factorials, Permutations and Combinations
 BAYES THEOREM:
4. Basics of Matrix Algebra
 Types of Matrices, Transpose Matrix
 Matrix Operations and Matrix Properties, Inverse of a Matrix
5. Trigonometry (OPTIONAL)
Here are some links for preparatory literature:
The following links are related to mathematical and statistical topics:
Basics of Calculus:
 Calculus For Dummies I (+II), Mark Ryan
 BASIC CALCULUS REFRESH: http://www.stat.wisc.edu/~ifischer/calculus.pdf
 Numbers and basic mathematical Operations
Functions and their Graphs:
 Linear Functions, Quadratic Functions, Polynomials, …
 Logarithms and Exponential Function and Rules
 Derivatives and Integrals of Functions
Basics of Chance, Probability Theory and Statistics
 Part I and II of: Probability For Dummies, Deborah Rumsey
 http://stattrek.com/probability/whatisprobability.aspx?Tutorial=AP
 http://www.shmoop.com/basicstatisticsprobability/topics.html
 http://www.pearsonschool.com/live/images/custom/envisionmath_ca/games/pond.html
Venn Diagrams
Contingency Tables
Factorials, Permutations and Combinations
 http://www.stat.wisc.edu/~ifischer/Intro_Stat/Lecture_Notes/APPENDIX/A1._Basic_Reviews/A1.2__Perms_and_Combos.pdf
 http://www.cssforum.com.pk/cssoptionalsubjects/groupc/statistics/36060rulespermutationcombination.html
Further Reading:
 Statistics Essentials For Dummies, Deborah Rumsey
 Statistics For Dummies, 2nd Edition I & II, Deborah Rumsey
 BAYES THEOREM:
Basics of Matrix Algebra
 http://www.purplemath.com/modules/matrices.html
 http://stattrek.com/tutorials/matrixalgebratutorial.aspx
Trigonometry (OPTIONAL)

The following links are related to epidemiological topics:
 https://cphp.sph.unc.edu/trainingpackages/ERIC/index.html
 http://www.bmj.com/aboutbmj/resourcesreaders/publications/epidemiologyuninitiated