12 months
14700 EUR/year
14700 EUR/year
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The Master programme in Health Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam - Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES)  aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of methods in either clinical or public health research.

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Majors include clinical epidemiology, epidemiology, biostatistics, public health epidemiology, medical psychology, genomic & molecular epidemiology, and health decision sciences & technology assessment.

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 major, the candidate will focus on for example observational population studies, randomized controlled clinical trials, public health interventions, registry data or modeling studies.


  • The student is able to translate a (clinical) epidemiologic, public health or health care problem into a scientific research question.
  • The student is able to translate a scientific research question in the area of (clinical) epidemiology, public health or health care into a research protocol and/or proposal.
  • The student is able to conduct a systematic literature review of a clinical or public health issue.
  • The student has knowledge about quantitative methods and the ability to apply this knowledge in preparing, performing, analysing and interpreting research.
  • The student understands core concepts of etiologic (causality), prognostic, diagnostic, prevention, and intervention research.

Career opportunities

The programme in Health Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam - Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES) prepares you for a career in international medical research or for executive or advisory positions in clinical medicine, public health, pharmaceutical research, or health policy.


This programme is NVAO accredited.

Programme Structure

Course structure 

  • First semester: methodological and statistical core courses.
  • Second semester: individual research project and elective courses.

  • Research: Your individual research project will be supervised by leading professors and senior researchers, with the objective of delivering a high quality scientific research paper.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should fit each of the following criteria:  
  • You have a relevant Master’s degree in clinical medicine, public health, health sciences, clinical technology, nutrition, (medical) biology, pharmacy, human movement sciences, psychology, health economics, or a broad master’s education with subjects in these disciplines;
  • You have experience with performing research and have interest in performing quantitative research.
  • You have already (co-)authored a few scientific publications.
  • You have a good working command of the English language, both oral and written. For more information please

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14700 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14700 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    14700 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14700 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Rotterdam

760 - 1265 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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