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As an organization, we believe it is important to stay in touch with our students and alumni and facilitate the interaction between students and alumni, the master program and the participating research institutes. We intend to help you to expand your network, broaden your horizon and improve your chance of success; both during your education and afterwards.

Are you an alumnus, a current student or a staff member of the MSc Epidemiology? Please join us on Linked-In!

As an alumnus in our Linked-In-group, you will be able to:

  • Stay in touch with fellow alumni
  • Receive job opportunities and research positions
  • Participate in interesting discussions
  • Receive invitations to relevant events
  • Stay up-to-date with news about education and research

Douwe Postma, 34, Alumnus Master's in Epidemiology Postgraduate

"My Master's in Epidemiology has proven incredibly helpful in regards to both my research career and my clinical work. Ever since I started medical school I've wanted to combine clinical practice with research, and Epidemiologic research is a great way of doing this. 

The postgraduate master's basically taught me the theory and practice of performing and analysing clinical studies. This training has been of great value for conducting my research projects. In clinical practice, I am confronted with the same methodological techniques that I was taught in my master's. Now I am able to interpret clinical data and assess it in a way I would never have been able to.

I graduated from medicine in Groningen in 2007 and began my residency in internal medicine in Utrecht in 2009. An interesting research proposal for a PhD then led me to the UMC Utrecht’s Julius Center, where I was offered the chance to combine a PhD with a post-graduate Master's in Epidemiology.
I enjoyed all the courses on the master's programme. I also liked the international orientation and that every course was taught in English, which I think is a career advantage. My master's research contributed to my research for my PhD.

The coursework during the master's was the most valuable aspect of the programme. I learned the best way to design our clinical studies. I completed my PhD this year and have been able to make recommendations on how to treat patients with community-acquired pneumonia.

My epidemiological background continues to be helpful for my clinical work. In daily practice we rely on guidelines regarding treatment decisions. Most of these guidelines are based on clinical research and my epidemiological background better enables me to interpret this data.

My current position is at UMC Utrecht, where I will continue for the next two and a half years before I become a specialist in internal medicine and infectious diseases."

Lizan Bloemsma, 24, Alumna Master's in Epidemiology
"My master's paved the way for my current position as a PhD student. By the end of my one year research project I understood what it meant to conduct quality research, I had a network of contacts, and I knew that I wanted to pursue research as my career and to do a PhD. I also felt well prepared for that next challenge. 

My impression from prospective employers was that this master's qualification is held in high regard. Other universities were impressed by the fact that I already had experience in doing research and that I was trying to publish a paper. The Master's in Epidemiology is an extremely good programme if you are considering a research career.

After my Bachelor's in Health Sciences I was looking for a master's that involved statistics but also offered a lot of practical experience. My experience on the master's was great. The core courses went into depth and covered a lot of interesting material. I did a three month research project at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS) and a one-year project at the department of Pharmacoepidemiology.

The research project for me was about discovering how to put theory into practice. I saw how problems arise, how research is not straightforward and that you need to get creative to find ways to overcome obstacles.

My master's convinced me that I wanted to pursue my career in research. I chose Utrecht for my PhD because I really liked the working environment at the IRAS during my internship. My PhD is about exploring the effects of air pollution, noise and green spaces on children's health. The first thing I am looking at is green spaces. This is a relatively new field that assumes that green spaces are beneficial for health. An important question is whether children visit/use green spaces, which is the topic I am currently working on."

Alumna Nirmala Boo Pathy, associate professor at the University of Malaya, about the MSc Epidemiology programme:

“I have always had an avid interest in doing medical research. I did my research on coffee and tea intake and risk of breast cancer. My class was very active and we always engaged in health discussions and debates, which in return helped me to promote my understanding in epidemiology. Not forgetting the wonderful and well-equipped teachers that we had."

Nirmala Boo Pathy was born in Malaysia. After obtaining her medical degree from the University of Malaya, she was in clinical practice for 5 years. In 2008 she graduated in Public Health from the University of Malaya and in that same year she obtained a fellowship award from the European Commision to pursue her master degree in clinical epidemiology at Utrecht University. She subsequently completed a PhD in cancer epidemiology at Utrecht University.

 


 

 

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