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

Master's Programmes

Medicine & Health (17)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
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.


The programmes combine theoretical training and practical research training to prepare participants for research, executive and advisory positions.

NIHES holds a very strong international position. It cooperates with a global network of leading research centres in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the USA.


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.

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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

First things first: student housing in the Netherlands is not arranged for you by the university; it is your own responsibility.We know this can be a surprise and a struggle for some of you. There are reserved spots for about 25% of our yearly incoming internationals. To help you get started, we organized a webinarOpens external on the Rotterdam housing market that you can review online.If you have not arranged residence yet, we strongly advise you to start looking for accommodation as soon as possible to avoid stress and disappointment.

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 and 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

Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands


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