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Masters in Health Sciences

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Length: 1 year
Study pace: Full time
Education level: Master's degree
Location: Amsterdam
Language: English
Start date: September 2018
Application deadline: 01 June 2018
Price: 2,060 EUR

Program description

Program description

Health Sciences: tackling the health challenges of the future

Since 1900, life expectancy in the Netherlands has increased by 30 years. Only five of those years can be attributed to curative medicine; the remaining 25 years are due to public health and prevention measures. 

In the Master’s program in Health Sciences (Dutch: Gezondheidswetenschappen), you will learn to analyse the various complex factors that contribute to health. You will go beyond individual health issues to tackle health problems in different ways. Obesity can be tackled through medication or stomach reduction procedures. Health scientists, however, look at other methods such as increasing taxes on fatty foods, reducing the amount of sweets and soft drinks children can buy at school, designing residential areas so that there are places for children to play and educating people about healthy eating and exercise.

The program in a nutshell

The aim of this one-year Master’s program in Health Sciences is to provide students with knowledge and skills in the broad field of health sciences. The Master’s program in Health Sciences is an academic program, it is aimed at professional careers inside and outside university research. It comprises 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. 

The program is structured as follows:

  • 5 specializations, each consisting of 5 courses
  • Three compulsary courses within a specialization
  • Two or three courses are optional and can be chosen from other specializations
  • 5-month scientific writing course, internship and article

You can choose one out of the 5 specializations:

  • Health Policy
  • Prevention & Public Health
  • Infectious Diseases & Public Health
  • Nutrition & Health
  • International Public Health

The master Health Sciences offers a special route for Midwifery Science. This route offers the possibility to enlarge and deepen your Maternity care knowledge at scientific level.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements: 

  • Bachelor's degree

Continuing studies

Career prospects

There is a growing need for versatile, all-round environmental experts who can analyse and develop solutions for local, national and global environmental change. Many of our alumni have embarked on exciting careers as researchers, consultants, NGO leaders, ministry officials, entrepreneurs or international civil servants.

Tuition & fees

The cost of this program for students of EU/EEA countries is €2,060.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880 . The university offers over 120 English taught programs at Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral level. Students and staff of 84 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The...


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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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