What are your ambitions in this new era of discoveries?

We believe that to solve vital health issues, excellence in education and research methodology is key. We aim to inspire and guide talented students in their pursuit to become leading health professionals, professors, or pioneering scientists – those who aspire to make a difference with their research whatever their field – clinical medicine, drug research, public health or health-policy development.


At the heart of this philosophy is our three Master of Science (MSc) programmes. Two of these are intended for holders of a Bachelor’s degree: the Research Master in Health Sciences (a two-year full-time programme that offers specialisations in Epidemiology, Clinical Epidemiology, Genetic Epidemiology, Public Health and Health Economics) and the Research Master 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 tailor-made two-year part-time exec utiveprogramme. This programme also offers several specialisations.


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.


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 Postgraduate programme? Our research training is designed to help you do them all.

Consider our Postgraduate programme for one additional year of research training after your Master’s, if you’d like to acquire more research experience or increase your chances of qualifying for a PhD research project.

At NIHES, we’re continuously expanding our network of partner universities around the globe. 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.

Programmes taught in:
  • English
  • Dutch

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Erasmus MC Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences - Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Research Master program in Health Sciences aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of methods in either clinical or public health research. Specializat ... [+]


The Research Master program in Health Sciences aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of methods in either clinical or public health research. Specializations include clinical epidemiology, epidemiology, public health epidemiology, genetic and molecular epidemiology, and health economic analysis. After completion, candidates will have the knowledge, understanding, and skills to propose state-of-the-art studies, write excellent study protocols, perform the research, analyze the data using modern statistical techniques, make defensible causal inferences, come to justified conclusions, and write outstanding research papers. Depending on the choice of specialization, the candidate will focus on for example clinical trials, population studies, public health interventions, or modeling studies.... [-]

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