Make a difference in health care

Do you see yourself in a future career as an epidemiologist and clinical researcher? Working for academia, (non)governmental public health organisations or human or veterinary medicine or industry? Join our programme, sign up!

My solid understanding of how to analyse data has become a real strength of mine and absolutely helps me in the work I do.
Jennifer Boer Epidemiology

The right choice for you?

This Master’s programme is an excellent opportunity for you if you have a strong interest in applied medical or biomedical research, as well as human or veterinary medicine. In the Epidemiology programme you will examine the distribution and determinants of health and morbidity in specific populations. With evidence-based medicine setting new standards, specialists are needed for the design, data collection, analysis and interpretation of epidemiological and health research. This scientific discipline is increasingly in demand in clinical research, industry and policymaking.

What you’ll learn

In the Epidemiology programme you will learn to operate as an epidemiologist and clinical researcher. You can choose your specialization such as Clinical Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, Pharmacoepidemiology, Medical Statistics, Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology or Veterinary Epidemiology. During the programme, you will explore the field of epidemiology through six months of intensive coursework. This includes basic epidemiological and statistical courses as well as advanced courses in your chosen specialization. You will also have the opportunity to enhance and broaden your knowledge through additional topic-specific courses, such as Genetic Epidemiology and Cardiovascular Epidemiology.

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"A life full of learning in life sciences starts from a solid basis. Unleash you talents and shape your future in our Master's programmes"

Rick Grobbee Prof MD PhD
Department of Epidemiology

Why study Epidemiology at Utrecht University?

Compared to most other Master’s programmes in Epidemiology in the Netherlands, in Utrecht we offer a true research Master's, preparing you for a career in research. Our practical approach of epidemiological research design, starting from the clinical question instead of a theoretical approach is unique in the Netherlands as well as internationally. You’ll be studying and working at the Utrecht University, the UMC Utrecht and the Julius Center, which is one of the most prestigious institutions world-wide in the field of clinical epidemiology and unique in its diversity. Epidemiology has intensive collaboration with research institutes throughout the world, allowing you to do your internship abroad. The Master’s programme in Epidemiology is also offered on postgraduate level. This postgraduate programme in Epidemiology is offered face-to-face and online so students, in various stages of their careers, can opt for a suitable study programme.

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Your background

You are eligible for this challenging programme if you hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Medicine or Veterinary Medicine (or equivalent fields) and demonstrate an interest in patient oriented medical or biomedical research.

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Career in Epidemiology

Epidemiological research is increasingly asked for in clinical research, industry and policymaking, due to major changes in public health, health care systems, global demographic and economic trends.

The Epidemiology Master’s programme prepares students for a subsequent PhD programme or for a career as epidemiologist in settings such as academia, (non)governmental public health organisations, human or veterinary medicine or industry, including pharmaceuticals.

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Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Biomedical Sciences
  • Programme: Epidemiology
Accredited by the NVAO and VvE (Dutch): Vereniging voor Epidemiology
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2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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