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What will I learn?

The programme revolves around developing, evaluating, implementing and promoting health interventions. After you’ve completed the programme you'll be an expert in promoting health and well-being. You could pursue a career at health institutes, consultancies, insurance companies, governments and academia.

The programme has a unique focus systematic development, evaluation and implementation of health interventions. It's also practice-based with skills training included in each course. This means you'll not only learn why health education and promotion programmes are (or aren’t) effective. You also learn how to formulate communication strategies and develop, execute and evaluate health interventions; giving you the theoretical and practical toolset you’ll need to launch your career.

You learn how to:

  • analyse positive or negative effects of behavioral and environmental factors on the quality of life
  • formulate specific and testable objectives for intervention
  • design effective, scientific health promoting interventions
  • formulate plans for the diffusion and implementation of these interventions
  • test, evaluate and refine those interventions
  • develop communication strategies to disseminate programmes to various audiences

Programme highlights

  • has a unique focus on systematic development evaluation and implementation of health intervention
  • promotes health and well-being at the individual, community and policy levels
  • is practice-based, with skills trainings included in each course
  • has a strong emphasis on practical skills with skills trainings included in each course
  • is multidisciplinary, including psychology, communication, epidemiology, biomedicine, sociology, political science and statistics
  • has an international network of health promotion organisations, universities and research councils, which provides opportunities for internships abroad

Your future

Graduates of the master of Health Education and Promotion have been trained in behavioural, social, medical and health sciences. Experience shows that all students rapidly find good jobs, sometimes even before graduation.

Career paths

Health institutes

At regional, national and international health institutes, Health Education and Promotion graduates can be found working on both preventative and awareness campaigns. But they also work on intervention development and help evaluate health education strategies.


At consultancies, graduates provide national and international organisations with advice on how to develop health interventions or improve health education strategies.


Some Health Education and Promotion graduates opt for a career working for a local or national government where they work on a broad range of health initiatives, ranging from the prevention of infectious diseases to healthy diets and exercise promotion campaigns.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€16,800.00 (13,72,549) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022


Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,



6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants are eligible for admission to the master’s programme International Laws if you have a Dutch university bachelor’s degree in: European Law School, Dutch Law, or Tax law. You are also eligible for admission if you have a non-Dutch university bachelor’s degree in Law. English language requirements: IELTS (minimum score overall 6.5 & writing 6.5, or an overall score of minimum 7); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (minimum score overall 90 & writing 25, or an overall score of minimum 100); TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184)].

For international students

You may be directly admissible to the master’s programme in Health Education and Promotion if you have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a university programme in a relevant domain: Candidates with a relevant bachelor's degree from a Dutch university are directly admissible; Candidates with a relevant bachelor's degree from an EEA university may be asked to pass a GRE test in case of doubt; Candidates with a relevant bachelor's degree from a non-EEA university always need to pass a GRE test; Candidates with a relevant university master's degree are directly admissible.

IELTS test: minimum score overall 6.5

TOEFL test: overall, internet-based minimum score 90

Cambridge: CAE, grade C


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