Erasmus University Rotterdam - Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES)

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES)

Top reasons to study here

  • A stimulating research and study environment at NIHES are guaranteed by: our collaboration at national level and partnerships with leading universities abroad.
  • Whatever your ambition, medical and public health research, or a combination of research and clinical work, NIHES will provide you with the right knowledge!
  • We believe that to solve vital health issues, knowledge and application of quantitative research methodology is key.

Master's Programmes

Medicine & Health (17)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (7)
Social Sciences (2)



Erasmus University Rotterdam is the founding organisation of the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES). NIHES was established in 1992 to further improve scientific research on determinants of diseases and health, the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare and services, and the theory and methods of health sciences.


Our degree programmes provide you with a solid theoretical, methodological and statistical basis for designing and implementing a research project and teach you how to best publish your results. All under the guidance of a personal tutor.


NIHES consists of eight departments, seven of which are part of Erasmus Medical Center (Erasmus MC). These departments participating within NIHES collaborate and share their specialist knowledge in quantitative medical and health research:

  • Biostatistics;
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry;
  • Epidemiology;
  • General Practice;
  • Medical Informatics;
  • Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy (section of the Department of Psychiatry);
  • Public Health;
  • Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management.


Our degree programmes prepare you for research, executive and advisory positions in public health, clinical medicine, drug research, and health-policy development. They also provide an excellent starting position to undertake a PhD research project.

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Student services

Most courses are given at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam (Erasmus MC) or at Erasmus University Rotterdam (Woudestein Campus), other courses take place in Utrecht or Amsterdam (and sometimes at other locations in the Netherlands). NIHES participants have access to the university library, reading rooms and computer room of the Erasmus MC, as well as the libraries and reading rooms of the participating institutes.

Housing services

International students who require accommodation during their programme can be assisted by the International Office of the EUR and the Erasmus MC. 

Student Life

Student clubs

Throughout the year, various social activities are organised both at institute and at programme level. These activities aim to encourage social en professional contact between students, and stimulate integration between Dutch and international students, faculty and staff. For example: excursions, guest lectures, dinners, drinks, parties, etc.


Our short courses are accredited by the Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) as part of our Master of Science programmes


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