Are you inspired to conduct high-quality innovative research with a strong focus on mental and physical health? And do you aspire to work alongside world-renowned researchers who are absolute leaders in their field? Join our research master!
Mental and physical health and the reciprocal relationship between these two form the basis of the program. The central idea is that psychological, biological, and social aspects all play a role in any physical or mental condition. The CPE program trains students to solve current health issues by applying innovative research designs and statistical techniques while making use of state-of-the-art facilities in a truly multidisciplinary setting. There is a strong focus on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of physical and mental health conditions, taking clinical, public health, and psychosocial factors into consideration. Our students work with existing large databases or collect their own data among people with or without a chronic disease, across the whole age range.
There are four research departments involved within CPE: epidemiology, public health, health psychology, and psychiatry. Top researchers from these four departments teach the courses, giving students the opportunity to fully acquaint themselves with different fields of research. In the second semester, students will get to choose in which department they would like to conduct their research for their master thesis project, becoming part of the department’s research group. Students will learn to design their own Ph.D. projects as part of the program, which makes them well-qualified to attain a Ph.D. position anywhere in the world. The best students will be offered the opportunity to continue with a Ph.D. at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG).
We pride ourselves on the fact that there is a lot of personal attention for our students. The program is built in a way that strongly encourages students to focus on their individual development as a researcher, in a unique and multidisciplinary setting. Because CPE is a small-scale program, every student is known by their name and has ample opportunity for interactions and discussions with the teaching staff.
The program also offers a track called Health Systems and Prevention. This track bridges the research focus of CPE with that of health systems, health policy, and prevention. HSP Track students follow the basic CPE program, but with a focus on health systems and prevention. This focus is mainly incorporated in the Master Thesis project, which for HSP students also includes an internship at a non-academic (Health) organization, the elective courses, and the research meetings.
So, do you imagine yourself becoming part of our research community? Apply now!
Why study this program in Groningen?
Hybrid classes: both online and on-site
Pioneering in research side by side top-researchers of the UMCG
A unique program that connects clinical, public health, and psychosocial theory with methodological knowledge
Learn to use innovative techniques to resolve contemporary health issues
The small-scale program focused on your individual development
The opportunity to fully immerse yourself in a research topic of your own choice
Possibility to obtain a Ph.D. position
Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology is characterized by its problem-based research; our research groups focus on the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and prevention of mental health problems. As a student, you will study and work side by side with leading scientists. You will be considered a member of one of these cutting-edge research groups and in that way gather invaluable hands-on research experience.
Fields of research
Within CPE 4 departments with different fields of research take part:
Examples of research questions:
How do people function at work having survived cancer?
What is the effectiveness of a family-centered approach in preventive child health care?
What is the impact of mental health on the school-to-work transition of young adults?
Can mindfulness support people in dealing with chronic disease?
How can patients learn to become more resilient (how can they break out of a negative mental loop)?
Do patients and their partners experience less depressive symptoms when they are able to share their worries?
How do partners deal with one of them having a chronic or life-threatening disease?