Executive Master of Science in Health Sciences

Programme highlights

EC points

70

Duration

2 years

Specialisations

  • Public Health Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Genetic & Molecular Epidemiology
  • Medical Psychology
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology

Timing

Part-time

Structure

This programme is a more flexible version of the full time Master of Health Sciences programme (70 ECTS). Together with a programme coordinator, you will design a programme that is tailor-made to fit your schedule.

Research

In the research period you will be doing research either in the stimulating research environment of the Erasmus MC or at your home institute. You are supervised by leading professors and senior researchers. You will work towards a publishable research paper.

Tuition fee

€ 15.500

Application

How to apply

Application deadline

EU: 01 May 2019
Non-EU: 01 March 2019

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Specialisation Epidemiology contents

Programme director

Prof. Arfan Ikram, MD PhD


Description

Epidemiology plays an integral role in the application of medical research to populations, interacting with almost every other specialism.

Epidemiology studies the incidence, causes, consequences and control of disease, as well as people, patients and populations. It is a fundamental discipline for clinical medicine and public health. It may, together with basic science and clinical research, provide tools to learn about the etiology and consequences of diseases, the possibilities for prevention and treatment and the risk profiles of individuals and populations. Using advanced methods such as statistical analyses, field research and complex laboratory techniques, epidemiologists map various elements of a disease and the ways they are related.

The objective of the epidemiology programme is to prepare candidates for a research position (e.g. a PhD project) in the area of clinical medicine or public health, or for example a more health policy oriented career. The programme comprises compulsory courses directed at study design, biostatistics, and data analysis. In addition, further specialization in specific areas of epidemiological research is needed. Extensive training in widely used statistical packages is also an important part of the curriculum. A large part of the programme is devoted to research.


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Specialisation Genetic & Molecular Epidemiology contents

Programme director

Prof. Dr. B.H.C. Stricker & Dr. S.A. Swanson (temporary co-PD Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology)


Descirption

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 the environmental factors. This may ultimately lead to a 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 programme 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 programme 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.



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Specialisation Clinical Epidemiology contents

Programme director

Prof. Myriam G.M. Hunink, MD PhD


Description

Clinical Epidemiology, which is both empirical and patient oriented, involves diagnostic, prognostic, preventive and intervention studies.

Within Clinical Epidemiology a quantitative approach is used to address medical problems with the objective of making medical decisions based on evidence and values. Important aspects considered in Clinical Epidemiology are bias in clinical studies, diagnostic and prognostic prediction, randomized controlled trials, and decision modelling.

Results from clinical epidemiological research are used in patient management decisions. Concepts from decision sciences are used to translate clinical research results to application in day-to-day clinical practice.


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Specialisation Public Health Epidemiology contents

Programme director

Prof. Alex Burdorf, Ir. PhD


Description

Public health epidemiology is the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society.

Whereas clinicians and general practitioners provide care for individuals, public health interventions are directed at whole populations. Many improvements have resulted from successful public health initiatives: vaccination and other forms of infectious disease control, safer working environments, preventive mother and childcare, safer and healthier foods, family planning, improved traffic safety, and tobacco control. To achieve or preserve access to effective health care services in society, there is a considerable need for public health expertise.

The objective of the public health epidemiology programme is to prepare public health professionals to draw upon the knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines in order to define, evaluate, and resolve public health problems. Participants will be prepared for research and for positions at staff and executive levels. Topics included in the programme will be health promotion and health intervention, international health, health policy and management, and occupational and environmental health.



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Specialisation Medical Psychology contents

Programme director

Prof. Jan van Busschbach, PhD


Description

Medical psychology is an academic field which is enjoying a new found appreciation in health sciences, one that takes a closer look into the interaction between psychological factors and health. For instance, how do physical complaints affect our psychological functioning? And also: why does our psychological make-up sometimes make us vulnerable to diseases, or prevent us from getting better? Students will constantly be confronted with thought-provoking research. Apart from studying these kinds of questions, medical psychologists also study doctor-patient communication and decision-making, and develop and evaluate psychological interventions for somatic complaints such as pain and fatigue. This allows for a more enriched understanding of these topics.


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Specialisation Biostatistics contents

Programme director

Prof. Dimitris Rizopoulos, PhD


Description

In recent years data that are collected in clinical research and public health have increased in volume and complexity. This enhanced even further by the scientific revolution in molecular biology and genetics, and its impact on health and the environment. In this context it is of paramount importance that data are analyzed with sound statistical techniques that respect their nature and adequately answer the scientific questions of interest. This has lead in an increased need for well-trained biostatisticians capable of handling the data analysis challenges of the modern era.

The aim of the NIHES Specialization in Biostatistics is to keep abreast of such evolutions and equip the future generation of researchers with modern and essential data science tools. This specialization will combine a solid study of modern statistical methodology with up-to-date information on topics such as study design, clinical trials, public health, longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis, causal inference, and tools for reproducible research. The courses are taught by an international faculty of world renowned statisticians and epidemiologists from the Netherlands, Belgium and the United States. These include among others, past and current Editors of flagship biostatistics journals, and past presidents of major international biostatistics societies.

The specialization is aimed at ambitious students with a relevant Bachelor degree with a strong motivation in data science for biomedical applications.



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Detailed information about this programme:

Description

This Executive Master programme focuses on training individuals who have already  authored several scientific publications. These individuals wish to refine their knowledge in research methodology with the ultimate goal of developing a successful career in health science research. The programme is ideal for working professionals since you can fully customize it to fit your busy schedule.This programme comprises two part-time variations of the Master of Science in Health Sciences | 70 ECTS:

  • the Summer School Programme (specialisations Epidemiology, Clinical Epidemiology, Genetic & Molecular Epidemiology);
  • a tailor-made programme in consultation with a programme coordinator.

For more information about this programme, you can download the study guide - see button above.

Objectives

Once you graduate you will:

  • be able to formulate a relevant problem and translate it into a scientific question;
  • be able to perform an extensive study of the literature concerning a problem;
  • be able to translate a scientific question into a research protocol;
  • have acquired sufficient knowledge of existing methods of scientific research, biostatistical analytical methods, laws, regulations and ethics and the abilities to use such knowledge in a research protocol;
  • be able to perform research, collect data, analyse data and draw conclusions;
  • be able to write down in a scientific article the objective(s) of the investigation, summary of literature, materials, methods, results, discussion and conclusion of your research and to submit it to an international peer-viewed journal;-be able to assess and be critical on research.

Career opportunities

The degree prepares you for a career in international research or in executive or advisory positions in public health, clinical medicine, pharmaceutical research, or health policy.

Are you eligible?

You should fit each of the following criteria:

  • You have a Bachelor’s degree or a relevant Master’s degree from a discipline related to clinical medicine and public health (health sciences, nutrition, biology, pharmacy, environmental sciences, social sciences, economics, psychology, etc.).
  • You have relevant research experience and you already authored several scientific publications.
  • You have a good working command of the English language, both oral and written.


Reduction on fees

PLEASE NOTE THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO THE RESEARCH MASTERS (120 ECTS)

50% reduction on our fees for participating institutes of NIHES

This 50% reduction is offered to participants formally appointed at the departments or sections participating in NIHES.

University Medical Center Rotterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam:

  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Psychiatry, Section of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology
  • Department of Medical Informatics
  • Department of General Practice
  • Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management
  • Generation R

50% reduction on our fees for NIHES affiliated partners

This 50% reduction is offered to participants formally appointed at the following NIHES affiliated partners:

University Medical Center Rotterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam, departments of:

  • Dermatology
  • General Paediatrics
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Rehabilitation Medicine

Institute of Medical Education Research Rotterdam (iMERR)

Netherlands Cancer Institute/Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital

  • Department of Cancer Epidemiology

25% reduction on our fees for partner institutes of NIHES

For participants formally appointed at the following departments, institutes:

  • Departments of Erasmus MC (except the departments mentioned above)
  • Addiction Research Institute (IVO)
  • Integraal Kankercentrum Zuid (IKZ)
  • Pallas Health Research and Consultancy
  • Municipal Health Service Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam)
  • Municipal Health Service Rotterdam (GGD Rotterdam)
  • Havenpolikliniek
  • Admiraal De Ruyter Ziekenhuis

25% reduction for all (international) PhD students
Please state your tutor’s name and email address on the application form (remarks field).

25% reduction on our course fees (maximum 3 EC points per academic year) for all NIHES alumni
Please state that you are a NIHES alumnus/alumna and the academic year you graduated (remarks field).