The ESP gives you the opportunity to gain both breadth and depth through the various courses on offer.

Postgraduate Programme

Programme highlights

EC points

70

Duration

1 year

Specialisations

  • Public Health Epidemiology
  • Genetic & Molecular Epidemiology
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology

Timing

Full-time

For whom?

Master graduates interested in increasing their chances of qualifying for a PhD research project, or in enhancing their research skills

Structure

You will pursue an individual research project that will result in two scientific papers. You will also follow a personalized selection of advanced courses.

Research

Your individual research project will be supervised by leading professors and senior researchers, with the objective of delivering two high quality scientific research papers.

Programme results

Postgraduate Certificate in the discipline of your choice, 2 Research Papers

Tuition fee

€ 7.800

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 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 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 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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Detailed information about this programme:

Description

Our one-year, full-time Postgraduate Programme is almost entirely devoted to research, either at one of the departments or research groups affiliated with NIHES, or at your home institution. Either way, you will be guided and supervised by a senior scientist, your tutor. The research project culminates in the writing of two articles that should be ready for submission to an international scientific journal. In addition, you will attend a selection of advanced courses in the Erasmus Summer Programme, a course on data-analysis and electives. 


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Please note: the Postgraduate Programme is not accredited by the Netherlands-Flemmish Accreditation Organisation, nor is the diploma legally recognized. This non-degree programme is recognized only by the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Objectives

Students should acquire the following competencies:

  • Acquire post-MSc research experience;
  • Increase chances of qualifying for a PhD research project;
  • Ability to independently conduct the research, collect and analyse data, and draw conclusions;
  • Ability to write two research papers, 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.

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 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 substantial research experience and have published a considerable number of 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).