Epidemiology examines the distribution of health and morbidity in populations and their determinants. It is a scientific discipline increasingly asked for in clinical (human, pharmaceutical or veterinary) research, industry and policymaking. With 'evidence-based medicine' setting new standards, specialists are needed in the design, data collection, analysis and interpretation of epidemiological and health research.
The programme starts with Introducing Life Sciences, a mandatory introduction week for all Master’s students of the GSLS.

Students will acquire extensive knowledge and practical skills in epidemiology and statistics. You will become familiar with methods for quantitative analysis and evaluating occurrence relations in human or veterinary medicine and public health. You will gain expert knowledge in research design and analysis and its application to clinical practice. The knowledge and skills gained form a solid basis for health research and disease control programmes, including applications in developing countries. With graduation, students are eligible for registration as Epidemiologist A (Dutch registration system).

Six specialisations
In epidemiology, cause, detection, prognosis and treatment of disease can be the focus of investigation. In epidemiological terms we talk about etiologic, diagnostic, prognostic or therapeutic research. The domain of study may vary. Six specialisations are offered in the programme:

  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
  • Medical Statistics
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Veterinary Epidemiology

Epidemiology is characterised by a well-established set of principles and methods for applied research. At the same time, the context in which these methods are applied can be quite diverse. The unique combination of epidemiological research groups in medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmaceutical sciences and risk assessment science in Utrecht University offers the possibility for education over the full spectrum: from animal to human, and from population to patient.

Epidemiology Postgraduate is the 1,5 year programme next to the two year Master’s programme in Epidemiology. It is for students who already have a Master’s degree in Life Sciences.

Relations and more information
Our programme is directly linked to the PhD programme Epidemiology of the Graduate School of Life Sciences. For more information on the Master’s programme, visit our website.

To learn more about this Master's programma, listen to episode 2 of the Radio Life Sciences podcast in which student Trisja Boom tells you more.

Programme scheme
*Since 2018-2019, Introducing Life Sciences, together with the Life Sciences Seminars and Navigation Towards Personal Excellence, is part of the course Life Sciences Academy.

Major Research project
Mandatory Theoretical Courses
Elective component
Writing assignment
Life Sciences Academy*

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