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Are you interested in the basic mechanisms that underlie health and disease? Do you want to know how we can best study their occurrence and determinants in the divergent contexts of biomedical research, clinical practice, risk estimation and healthcare policy? Are you interested in pursuing or developing your career as an epidemiological researcher or policy adviser in public health or clinical medicine? Then Epidemiology could be just the programme for you.

Occurrence and prevention of disease
Epidemiology focuses on the occurrence, the distribution and the determinants of health and disease, and on the methods that can be used to study these phenomena. It is considered a cornerstone of public health, preventive medicine and evidence-based clinical medicine. Epidemiologists investigate the aetiology, diagnosis and prognosis of diseases in humans. You will study epidemiology in all its different facets with examples ranging from cancer epidemiology and nutritional, molecular, clinical and occupational health epidemiology to the epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders.

The epidemiology courses are also offered as short courses for PhD candidates and working health professionals.

Why study in Maastricht?
There is a thorough grounding in the basic principles and core concepts of epidemiology.
The programme has a strong research focus with a broad scope of applied research (e.g. musculoskeletal system, nutrition, cancer and clinical medicine).
There is a strong emphasis on professional research skills such as critically assessing scientific publications. and reports on public health and patient-bound research, designing, implementing, statistically analysing, evaluating and reporting on your own epidemiological research and interventions.
You will sit in an international classroom with around 40% of the students coming from abroad.
You can play an active role in faculty research, thanks to the programme's close ties with the different Research Institutes.
You have the possibility to become certified as a Licensed A-class Epidemiologist.
From a PhD position to a researcher or project coordinator: the career opportunities are diverse.




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