In the October 2018 to January 2019 semester I was enrolled for two Masters modules in Biostatistics at the University of Hasselt, Belgium. As I was interested in learning more about Spatial Statistics, I took “Spatial Epidemiology” as one of the subjects. Spatial statistics is a crucial tool in health research today. Through taking this module I have come to understand some of the core concepts in Spatial Statistics, as well as have been familiarised with some of the important tools, which I might not have been had I not been enrolled for this module as it is difficult to find time to learn new things at such a level when working full time, or even at a week workshop. The study notes were exceptional and with this specific course video lectures were available. This made it a very good experience as a distance learner. The blackboard setup was very helpful, and very similar to what you would have, enrolled as a normal student. Through this initiative I have gained valuable exposure to some interest areas of mine at an advanced level, which have given me the necessary springboard to learn more in these areas.
Charl Janse van Rensburg