Why this programme?
Epidemiology focuses on the occurrence, distribution and determinants of health and disease, and on the methods that can be used to study them. It’s considered a cornerstone of public health, preventive medicine and evidence-based clinical medicine. In the master’s programme in Epidemiology, you’ll gain a solid education in the theoretical concepts, methods and interpretation of epidemiological research focusing on the diagnosis, aetiology, and outcomes and prognosis of disease. You’ll also study the efficacy of preventive and therapeutic interventions.
You will explore epidemiology in all its different facets with examples ranging from the epidemiology of cancer or musculoskeletal disorders to nutritional, molecular, clinical and occupational health epidemiology. You’ll develop the full range of theoretical knowledge, practical and analytical skills, and experience you’ll need to become a certified epidemiologist.
Thorough grounding in Epidemiology
In this programme, you will learn:
- about the basic principles and core concepts of epidemiology
- about different research designs
- about advanced statistical methods used in epidemiology
- to critically approach the appraisal of research work
- to prepare research proposals and research manuscripts and deliver effective oral presentations
- to develop communication skills that are relevant to the workplace
Improve your research skills
In this programme, you’ll focus on building professional research skills such as:
- research design and implementation
- statistical analysis
- preparing a research proposal
- evaluating and reporting of your own epidemiological research and interventions
- peer reviewing and critically assessing scientific publications and reports on public health and patient-bound research
You’ll also put these skills into practice and will have the opportunity to play an active role in faculty research, thanks to the programme's close ties with our research institutes. This will give you the skills you need to jump-start your scientific career.
I see myself fulfilling a role in eradicating certain diseases, preventing people to get sick.
Epidemiology student Marjolein van der Vlegel posts weekly about her experiences.
She's happy to answer your questions about the programme and about (student) life in Maastricht.