Make a difference in health care. With evidence-based medicine setting new standards, highly trained academic specialists are needed for the design, data collection, analysis and interpretation of epidemiological and health research. You can become an expert in this growing field by joining our globally oriented postgraduate programme. We offer both a 1.5 year face-to-face full-time programme in Utrecht and a 3-5 year online part-time programme through Elevate. The content of both programmes is similar, the type of education is different.

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Applied research at the intersection of data and medicine

The aim of our programme is to provide you with extensive knowledge and practical skills in patient-oriented research design, implementation, quantitative analysis and its application to human or veterinary medicine and public health. The gained knowledge and skills form a solid basis for health research and disease control programs, including application in low and lower-middle income countries. This scientific discipline is increasingly in demand in research, industry and policymaking.

The Epidemiology postgraduate programme is accessible and highly suitable for applicants who already have a medical or biomedical Master’s degree, such as physicians, veterinarians and pharmacists. Note that this postgraduate programme is not state funded and that it is not eligible for study financing from the Dutch student grant and loans systems. Please contact Elevate for more information about the tuition fee.

Why you should study Epidemiology postgraduate at Utrecht University

  • Learn from internationally renowned lecturers such as professors Rick Grobbee, MD PhD FESC and Arno Hoes, MD PhD, both famous in the field of epidemiology
  • Profit from maximal flexibility and time-efficiency. Learn at the time and location most convenient to you, what makes this programme very practical in combination with a career
  • Utrecht University, University Medical Center Utrecht and Elevate have an outstanding academic reputation, offer state of the art facilities and are reputable partners in the field of epidemiology

Epidemiology Postgraduate in Utrecht

Our Epidemiology programme offers an integrated learning experience through the close relationship between epidemiological research and clinical practice, exemplified by the fact that the UMC Utrecht chose Clinical Epidemiology as one of its main research themes. Utrecht University is one of the main centres for epidemiologic research in the Netherlands, combining several high-quality epidemiological research groups in various faculties. 

Graduate School of Life Sciences

Life Sciences is one of the four strategic themes of Utrecht University and is organised in the Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS). The GSLS brings together the research expertise and facilities of the faculties of Science, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, in cooperation with UMC Utrecht. Research at the GSLS is highly interdisciplinary, because scientific breakthroughs take place where physics, medicine, chemistry and biology interact.

The Graduate School of Life Sciences is dedicated to improve education and research by holding innovation in high regard. Students are able to participate in the Epidemiology Postgraduate Master's online programme by using Elevate. This is an online platform developed in close collaboration by Utrecht University and UMC Utrecht. Elevate offers a platform providing online courses in medical (research) science, veterinary science and global health.

UMC Utrecht

Students are able to follow their Master’s programme at UMC Utrecht, one of the largest academic medical centers in the Netherlands. UMC Utrecht focuses on a number of fields; selected students get educated by some of the best researchers in these research areas. Students get ample opportunities for excellent internships both at UMC Utrecht and abroad with our international partners. They also have access to the large research infrastructure and research network of the focus areas.

World class university

Choosing Utrecht University means choosing one of the best universities in the country. Several renowned international rankings place Utrecht University among the 100 best universities in the world. Moreover, in a survey among Dutch professors it was proclaimed the best university in the Netherlands. The teaching environment at Utrecht University is international: half of the Utrecht Master's programmes are taught in English. The existing and former academic staff of Utrecht University include twelve Nobel Prize laureates.

City of Utrecht 

The University is situated in Utrecht, a lively student city located in the heart of the Netherlands. It is considered the ‘gateway to Europe’. An inspiring city which nurtures talent and creativity.

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Key facts

Master in Health Sciences
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Mode of study: 
Full-time, Part-time (online programme)
Study duration: 
1,5 year, 3-5 years (online programme)
February (online programme), September
Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students, institutional fee: € 14,363 (for 1 year) / € 21,545 (for the whole programme)

Non-EU/EEA students, institutional fee € 20,750 (for 1 year) / € 31,125 (for the whole programme)

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Accredited by the NVAO
Graduate school: 
School of Life Sciences
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