Introduction to modern test theory and test/survey methodology (4.0 credits)

Course code: H1F2664

The aim of the course is to deepen the students´ knowledge in systematic methods for quantitative data gathering and their applications within health care sciences. The focus of the offered teaching modules is to provide the participants with a deeper understanding of the concepts and principles that are used as a basis for choices in data gathering and analysis.

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Applying to the course

The course is given as part of the Doctoral Programme in Health Care Science (PUF-V) but may also be taken as an individual course when it is given.


KI's courses are open for registered doctoral students at all higher education institutions, as well as for KI post docs. If space allows, other applicants with a PhD may also be accepted. 


Application for the fall semester 2024 is not possible as the course will not be running during this period.

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About the course

The pedagogic framing of the course is centered around the student's own research project.

The contents of the course are introduced in lectures and clinical applications. The students are then applying the processes/methods learned in workshops and group work with supervision. The outcomes are then presented and discussed in seminar forms. See course syllabus for more detailed information.

The student is finally applying the course content on an individually chosen aspect of quantitative data gathering processes in his/her own research project.


If you have questions regarding the course please contact the course leader (see contact information further down).


Registering in Ladok 

Registration for the course is mandatory. The registration period opens one weeks before the course starts and ends three days after the start. For more information, please see: Using Ladok as a doctoral student.

To log in to Ladok and register, please see: Ladok login page for students.

Please note that doctoral students at KI use their KI-login to login, while external PhD students login by using their KI student accounts (which must thus first be activated).

To learn more about how to activate your student account, please see: My student account


Accessing the IT based digital learning platform Canvas

Students will collaborate with help of the IT based learning platform Canvas. Access to Canvas will be given approximately one week before the course starts. You can read more about Canvas through the link below.


Student IT for external PhD students and central IT support/Helpdesk for KI doctoral students/staff members

All external PhD students who need help with activating their KI student accounts and/or logging in to Canvas must contact the Student IT support center.

All KI doctoral students in need of IT support related to their KI accounts must instead contact the central IT support for staff members, i.e. Helpdesk.


The course will not be running during the 2024 fall semester.

Course evaluation

Course evaluations are collected via the quality system KI Survey and in conjunction with the guidelines set by the Committée of Education at Karolinska Institutet.

Most recently completed course evaluation (will be linked here when available).

Contact information

Anders Kottorp

Course director and examiner
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Hélène Von Strauss

Course administrator
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Caroline Erika Mattisson

Doctoral education administrator (NVS)
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Chris Bengtsson

Coordinator for the Doctoral Programme in Health Care Science (PUF-V)