It is the cornerstone of public health, and shapes policy decisions and evidence-based practice by identifying risk factors for disease and targets for preventive healthcare.
Why this programme?
Epidemiology is absolutely fundamental in terms of maintenance and improvement of public health. It is a fascinating field, using statistics, tracking methods and problem solving to study the origin and causes of diseases and the effect of clinical interventions in a community. A great field for those with a knack for solving problems and care about public health. In this programme, you study epidemiology in all its different facets: calculating disease trends and probabilities, communicating findings to the public and policy makers, and designing and implementing interventions based on data.
This programme is a great stepping stone that is particularly geared to those keen to do a PhD and/or work in research. Within six months after graduation, 95% has a job, research position or PhD position. For example, graduates have found work as researchers or lecturers at universities in Germany and Belgium. Others work in government or independent institutes, for instance as a project coordinator in the South Limburg Public Health Service or as an epidemiologist with the Dutch Comprehensive Cancer Centres. You could look for work in: governmental bodies, non-profit organisations, universities or other research institutes, pharmaceutical companies, academic hospitals, public health services, clinical or biomedical centres, et cetera. On completion of this master's programme, you are eligible for registration as Epidemiologist A (Dutch registration system).