You begin to specialise in the second year of your studies by choosing one of the four tracks. Your choice should be based not only on your interests, but also on the master’s programme you intend to follow and your career plans. The study advisors of the faculty can help you make an appropriate choice.
Digital Technology and Care
This track is part of the bachelor's programme in Health Sciences as of September 2019.
New developments within digital technology have a major impact on health care. Think of applications such as eHealth, robotics, home automation (domotics), smart services and management information systems.
Within the track Digital Technology and Care, you study the following themes on an academic level:
What digital-technological innovations are there within health care?
What is the impact of digital technology within and outside health care institutions?
How do you connect digital technology and health care?
How do you best use new digital technology applications/systems to improve health care?
In your future career, you are the linking pin between developing and implementing new digital-technological developments and improving health and care.
If you want more information about this track, please fill in the contact form and we will keep you informed.
Biology and Health
Biology and Health is focused on how nutrition, exercise and the environment effect the development of diseases. You learn how biological systems and structures try to keep the body healthy, and how various external factors can impair and unsettle bodily functions. This requires a basic biological knowledge as well as epidemiology, behavioural sciences and medicine. You explore issues like:
- Is the incidence of certain health problems rising or dropping?
- What are the reasons and what are the implications for this?
- What can we do to prevent certain problems and what is the best way to study them?
Mental Health Sciences
Within the track Mental Health Sciences you study the biological, psychological and social cultural aspects of psychopathology. The latter includes disorders such as depression, neuropsychological disorders such as dementia, developmental disorders such as autism and ADHD and anxiety disorders such as phobias.
As a Mental Health student at the UM, you study the causes of these disorders and the factors involved. What makes the programme unique is that you also get trained in diagnostic skills (determining whether someone is suffering from a disorder) and therapeutic skills (treatment methods). These training courses are based on knowledge and experience from the GGZ work field.
Policy, Management and Evaluation of Health Care
During the Policy, Management and Evaluation of Health Care track, you learn how to get to the bottom of complex connections in health care. You learn how health care is organised, which (future) care issues need to be solved and how you can contribute as a health scientist. Examples of questions that get addressed are:
What forms of formal and informal care do patients come into contact with?
- How is healthcare financed and organized in the Netherlands (and in other countries)?
- What is the quality of health care and how can it be improved?
How can entrepreneurship lead to effective innovations and how can they be implemented?
You approach these issues from research; you learn different research methods for this and study articles. In addition, practical contacts have been planned, which means that you also come into contact with patients, healthcare professionals, managers, administrators, policy makers and insurers.
Prevention and Health
Many diseases could be prevented if people change their behaviour. But how do you change behaviour? You can tell people that smoking is bad for them, but it won’t make them stop. The information leaflets are never read, and people’s surrounding often forms another obstacle. Prevention and Health focuses on three pillars:
- to prevent people from becoming ill;
- to identify the early signs of disease, thereby enabling early treatment;
- to teach people who are ill to copy with their illness so that they can live as full a life as possible.