The Master program in Health Sciences aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of methods in either clinical or public health research. Specializations include clinical epidemiology, epidemiology, biostatistics, public health epidemiology, medical psychology, genetic and molecular epidemiology, and pharmaco-epidemiology. After completion, candidates will have the knowledge, understanding, and skills to propose state-of-the-art studies, write excellent study protocols, perform the research, analyze the data using modern statistical techniques, make defensible causal inferences, come to justified conclusions, and write outstanding research papers. Depending on the choice of specialization, the candidate will focus on for example observational population studies, randomized controlled clinical trials, public health interventions, registry data or modeling studies.
This program is NVAO accredited. For more information, visit the Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) at www.nvao.net.
Students acquire the following competencies:
Ability to formulate a clinical or public health problem and translate it into a scientific question.
Ability to perform an extensive study of the literature concerning a problem.
Ability to translate a scientific question into a research protocol.
Acquisition of quantitative skills.
Ability to make causal inferences.
Ability to critically appraise published research.
Ability to conduct the research, collect and analyze data, and draw conclusions.
Ability to write a Master’s thesis, including the objective(s) of the investigation, a summary of the literature, materials, methods, results, discussion, and conclusions of the research project and to present these findings at scientific meetings. Publication of the research findings in an international peer-reviewed journal is encouraged.
The degree prepares you for a career in international medical research or for executive or advisory positions in clinical medicine, public health, pharmaceutical research, or health policy.
Are you eligible?
You should fit each of the following criteria:
You have a relevant Master’s degree from a discipline in or related to clinical medicine or public health (medical doctor, health sciences, nutrition, biology, pharmacy, environmental sciences, social sciences, economics, psychology, etc.)
You have some relevant research experience and you already (co-)authored a few scientific publications.
You have a good working command of the English language, both oral and written.
Specialisation Genetic & Molecular Epidemiology contents
Professor Dr. B.H.C. Stricker & Dr. S.A. Swanson (temporary co-PD Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology)
The major thrust of research in genetic & molecular epidemiology in the next ten years will be the identification of predisposing genes in complex diseases and environmental factors. This may ultimately lead to more targeted surveillance and improved clinical care.
Genetic & molecular epidemiology focuses on the uses of genetic, molecular and epidemiological research in identifying the possible familial and hereditary factors underlying the origins and manifestations of human disease. The cause of most chronic diseases -including cancer, coronary artery disease, diabetes, hypertension, and psychiatric disorders- may lie in the interactions between environmental factors and genetic susceptibility. Genetic & molecular epidemiology helps optimize etiological studies through an integrated approach that draws on the methodologies of epidemiology, biostatistics, genetics, and molecular biology.
The objective of the genetic & molecular epidemiology program is to prepare candidates for epidemiological research in the areas of genetic determinants of diseases and of genetic risk assessment and seeks to train candidates in these specific fields or to prepare them for an executive/advisory positions in the area of public health, or health policy. The genetic & molecular epidemiology program is a mix of general subjects, such as study design and statistical data analysis, and subjects tailored with specific genetic & molecular epidemiology research and analytical methods.