M.Sc. On Campus

Health Sciences - Prevention and Public Health

12 months
16730 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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If you want to master the skills needed to analyse complex health or healthcare issues, then the Health Sciences - Prevention and Public Health at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is for you.


Health Sciences - Prevention and Public Health at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will enable you to contribute to the development and implementation of interventions.

The Prevention & Public Health  specialisation is intended for students who want to specialise in health promotion and disease prevention. You will gain a broad overview of the theory, research and practice in the field of prevention and public health. The focus is on health behaviour, disease prevention, communication, and lifestyle and environmental interventions.

When you complete your study, you will  be familiar with all aspects of health promotion and disease prevention: concepts, definitions and history.

You will be able to identify the individual, environmental and lifestyle factors that affect the health of individuals/populations in the short and long term (primary and secondary prevention).

You will understand the psychosocial aspects that are important in the treatment and management of (chronic) diseases, such as therapy compliance and patient communication (tertiary prevention). 


After completing the Health Sciences Master’s programme, you will be able to identify and collect health-related information from different sources and use this information to analyse health (care) problems

You will be skilled at suggesting relevant interventions based on evidence from empirical epidemiologic population studies. You will also be able to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders in the field of Health Sciences. Finally, you will contribute to a multi- or interdisciplinary approach to health problems, health promotion and healthcare in a national or international context.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods for Health Sciences
  • Scientific Writing in English
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Communication Campaigns and Research
  • Health Psychology
  • Prevention and Policy
  • Prevention of Mental Health Problems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

In order to gain admission to the Health Sciences Master’s programme, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16730 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16730 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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