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What will I learn?

Are you interested in occupational healthcare, organisation science and health education? And would you like to help people stay healthy and productive throughout their career? Then you should consider getting a master’s in Work, Health and Career. The programme combines the theories of health and labour participation with practical trainings, enabling you to in formulate and implement health strategies and interventions. You’ll also learn how you can evaluate these strategies and interventions to see whether further improvement is needed. Upon graduation, you’ll have all the knowledge and skills you need for a career in occupational health consultancy, management, policy making and research.

“Sustainable work” has shot to the top of the agenda in recent years. Governments and companies need employees to remain healthy and productive throughout their career. Matching individuals to jobs, balancing work and family lives, maintaining our functional capacities over the years. There is a real need and a job market for experts on contemporary problems like these. Work, Health and Career focuses on health and wellbeing throughout people’s careers. You learn to weigh up the diverse interests of employees, families and companies. And you’ll develop and evaluate cutting-edge interventions and strategies to promote sustainable working lives.

The health issues that you encounter in the workplace are very diverse. A high workload might cause stress, an inadequately designed workplace might cause physical problems and over the course of their career some employees may develop a chronic illness. The demands that may be made on you may be equally varied. You may be asked to give strategic advice, formulate health policies or you may be handling individual cases.

The programme will therefore provide you with a multidisciplinary and practical training that combines the best of different worlds. You’ll learn about occupational healthcare, organisational science, health education and health promotion. By combining this with special skills training sessions you’ll learn how to formulate, implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions. The multifaceted nature of the programme ensures that you'll have all the knowledge you need to adequately handle many different situations later on in your career.

Programme highlights

  • a strong emphasis on practical skills, with skills trainings included in each course
  • a unique focus on promoting health, wellbeing and participation throughout employees’ entire careers
  • looks at the integration of behavioural, organisational, and technical aspects that are needed to establish sustainable work
  • multidisciplinary: combines the best of occupational healthcare, organisational science, health education and health promotion
  • a bio-psychosocial approach to health and labour participation
  • training for a range of career opportunities, from policy advisers to researchers or consultants

Your Future

Reputable companies these days are keen to reap the rewards of sound policies on employee health and productivity. This means they need experts who can formulate and implement such policies. Likewise, government bodies are fertile grounds for policy advisers, analysts, researchers or consultants in these areas.

Career paths

Health Management

At large organisations, graduates of the Work, Health and Career programme have found jobs as Health Managers, HR-advisors or disability managers.


Work, Health and Career graduates can also be found at consultancies, where they provide advice on health-related human resource management, case management, empowerment, career development issues, and occupational health and safety.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€16,800.00 (13,57,027) 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 must have a BSc or an equivalent diploma in a related field to Data Science and Knowledge Engineering. Related fields are: Mathematics, Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence.English language requirements: IELTS test: minimum score 6.5; TOEFL test: internet-based minimum score 90; TOEFL test: paper-based minimum score 575; 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), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179)].

For international students

You may be directly admissible to the master’s programme in Work, Health and Career 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 (see below)
  • 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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