Erasmus MC Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences - Erasmus University Rotterdam

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What are your ambitions in this new era of discoveries?

Health matters. For patients and populations. It’s this knowledge that guides us as we prepare our students for international careers as researchers, executives or advisors. Whatever their field – clinical medicine, drug research, public health or health-policy development – our graduates all serve one overarching interest: people’s health.


At the heart of this philosophy are our three Master of Science (MSc) programmes. Two of these are intended for holders of a Bachelor’s degree: the MSc in the Health Sciences (a two-year full-time programme that offers specialisations in Epidemiology, Clinical Epidemiology, Genetic Epidemiology, and Public Health) and the MSc in Clinical Research. The third programme is intended for Master’s graduates and health professionals at postgraduate level. This is the MSc in Health Sciences, which is offered as a one-year full-time programme or a two-year part-time programme.


Each of these three programmes combines theoretical and practical research training in medicine and the health sciences. The programmes start every August with the Erasmus Summer Programme. This three-week, 30-course portfolio of state-of-the-art biomedical topics is designed to fully satisfy the needs of international students and professionals with a specific interest – such as clinical medicine, general practice, public health, epidemiology, genetics or biostatistics.

Because the Summer Programme focuses on key principles and methods of quantitative medical research, it is open not only to participants in the MSc programmes, but to all students and health professionals. If you’re not enrolled in a degree programme but wish to gain essential updates in a range of applied medical and healthcare disciplines, you can thus compile your own personal training plan – another important facet of the NIHES philosophy. As an independent student, you’re also welcome to enrol in any part of our regular autumn curriculum.


All these activities and options are extended in the Erasmus Winter Programme, which focuses on the basics common to all research in clinical medicine. Dedicated to the principles and methods of clinical research, it is intended particularly for those interested in clinical trials, drug-safety research and decision-making in clinical medicine. It also includes various courses in genetics and biostatistics.


Do you want to add an international dimension to your career as a researcher? To combine research and clinical work? Or are you seeking to maximize your chances of qualifying for a PhD research project through a Doctor of Science (DSc) programme? Our research training is designed to help you do them all.

At NIHES, we’re continuously expanding our network of partner universities around the globe. We collaborate with leading universities within EU-funded Master’s courses, joint doctorate programmes, and mobility schemes. So whatever your ambition – whether you intend to work as a scientist in academia, the public sector or industry – we’ll provide you with the knowledge and expertise you need.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Dutch

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Research Master in Health Sciences specializing in Health Economics

Campus Full time Part time August 2017 Netherlands Rotterdam + 1 more

The specialization offers a unique combination of epidemiological and health economic courses, which are aimed at teaching you important analytical and professional skills for designing, carrying out and reporting academic research in the field of health economics. [+]

Research in health economics is becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Health care costs are rising rapidly creating a serious concern for health care decision makers around the world. The sustainability of the health care system, that is accessible and affordable to all, is hard to achieve and maintain. The difficulties related to ensuring a fair and comprehensive health care system are an important incentive for conducting health economic research. This is why health economics is a dynamic and growing research area with numerous job opportunities. The specialization offers a unique combination of epidemiological and health economic courses, which are aimed at teaching you important analytical and professional skills for designing, carrying out and reporting academic research in the field of health economics. Typically, as a Health Economics student you will deal with questions such as: How do we balance between affordability of health care and quality of health care? Are new health care interventions worth the expenditure? How do health care systems perform relative to each other in terms of solidarity and affordability? Are health and health care distributed fairly within populations? How can we improve our current health economic research methods? How can we design health economic studies? This specialization is a joint venture between the NIHES and the Institute of Health Policy & Management; both are institutes of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Prior knowledge of (health) economics is not required. This programme will help accelerate your scientific career! Kris Vargas from Peru “NIHES provided me with the tools, training and confidence to face real-world health issues.” For more information visit our website. [-]




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