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About the masters programmes

The research MSc Epidemiology programmes are organised within the Utrecht University Graduate School of Life Sciences.

The aim of the MSc Epidemiology programmes is to provide students with extensive knowledge and practical skills in patient-oriented research design, implementation, quantitative analysis and its application to human or veterinary medicine and public health. The knowledge and skills gained form a solid basis for health research and disease control programmes, including application in developing countries.

The MSc Epidemiology equals the registration demands (according to the current registration criteria of the VvE (Vereniging voor Epidemiologie) and when the MSc Epidemiology is combined with a sufficient background in medical knowledge)  for Epidemiologist A. Three programmes are offered:

2 years programme, for students holding a bachelor degree in one of the fields mentioned below.

1.5 years programme, for students holding a master degree in one of the fields mentioned below.

     3-5 years programme, for researchers/clinicians holding a master degree or working in one of the fields mentioned below.
       

     Future MSc Epidemiology (Postgraduate) students are expected to hold a degree in one of the following fields:

    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Medicine
    • Veterinary Medicine
    • or a degree from a university in or outside the Netherlands comparable to the Dutch degrees indicated above.

    Learn more about the application procedure for one of the MSc programmes.
    Specialisation programmes
    Clinical Epidemiology

    In clinical epidemiology, research is focused on questions of diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and etiology. To address these questions, several research options are available, including intervention trials and case-control studies using data obtained in a clinical setting.

    Also available in MSc Epidemiology Online

     

    Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

    The overall aim is to unravel mechanisms underlying the occurrence, evolution, spread and control of diseases in (farm) animal populations, and to develop and use quantitative methodological tools for that purpose. We aim to understand observed population phenomena from mechanistic insight into disease development at the level of individuals and the interactions both between these individuals and with their environment. We aim to identify risk factors and preventive factors for the spread or clinical manifestation of animal diseases acting at the primary production stages and to quantify their effects.

    Medical Statistics

    Medical Statistics aims to develop, teach and apply statistical methodology for the design and analysis of biomedical and biological research. The ultimate goal is to improve the positive impact of statistics on the health of people. 

    Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology

    With the prospect that innovative drug therapies will be introduced in the coming years, society demands new approaches and concepts for comparative risk/benefit evaluation. These evaluations are carried out once these therapies have been used widely in daily practice. Assessment of safety and risk management of different drug therapies is done in the framework of observational epidemiological studies (proof of 'safety', proof of 'effectiveness'). This is the logical next step after randomised clinical trials, which are designed to provide evidence of a drug's 'efficiancy'.

    Pharmacoepidemiology

    With the prospect that innovative drug therapies will be introduced in the coming years, society demands new approaches and concepts for comparative risk/benefit evaluation. Assessment of safety and risk management of different drug therapies is done in the framework of observational epidemiological studies (proof of safety, proof of effectiveness).

    Veterinary Epidemiology

    The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University is the only veterinary faculty in the Netherlands and holds a leading position internationally in both education and research. Students specialising in this field will acquire extensive knowledge of epidemiology, statistics and economics, techniques in the economic analysis of epidemiological data, and the ability to apply theoretical epidemiological and health research concepts to practical veterinary medicine. 

    Also available in MSc Epidemiology Online

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