M.Sc. On Campus

Health Sciences - Infectious Diseases and Public Health

12 months
16730 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Health Sciences - Infectious Diseases and Public Health at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will give you a broad overview of the biology of pathogenic organisms and the interaction between pathogens and their hosts


On Health Sciences - Infectious Diseases and Public Health at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will focus on the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases in the Netherlands and abroad.

You will gain knowledge of the immunological aspects, development and expression of infectious disease and of the epidemiology, control and elimination of various infectious pathogens, as well as of the appropriate vaccinations.

In addition, you’ll become familiar with the life cycle, virulence and transmission of infectious pathogens, and of the outcome of diseases, in addition to being able to describe the various diagnostic laboratory tests for parasitic infections. You will be able to describe the relationship between nutrition and the appearance/development of infectious diseases, know the causes and effects of malnutrition and over-nutrition in relation to infectious diseases, with a special focus on vulnerable groups and/or populations.


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
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Nutrition and Infectious Disease
  • Parasitology
  • Containment Strategies

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.

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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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.


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