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MSc in Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (Research) - CPE Track Health Systems and Prevention




What will I learn?

The HSP track combines cutting-edge interdisciplinary research with practical policy questions, aiming to solve complex public health problems related to societal issues like an ageing population, increasing levels of chronic diseases, widening health inequalities, migration and urbanization. You learn to tackle issues like these from various academic disciplines, as you are taught and supervised by experts in economics, spatial sciences, psychology, sociology, and medicine. The track is embedded within the research master Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (CPE) and is an initiative of the University Medical Center Groningen and the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health.

A unique element of the programme is the academic oriented internship, a learning period during which students can collaborate with a national and/or international societal partner such as the Ministry of Health, health insurers, municipal health services, occupational health services and social security institutes. In this setting, you will develop skills for putting research into practice, in order to make a measurable impact on public health.

Why study this programme in Groningen?

  • Focus on future public health challenges
  • Learn how health systems influence prevention and health outcomes
  • Small-scale programme focused on your individual development
  • Combining cutting-edge research with practical policy questions to develop evidence-based prevention policies
  • Pioneering in research side by side public health top-researchers
  • Actively participate in and contribute to the aims of a non-academic (health) organization

Job prospects

Your master thesis can function as the basis of your own PhD proposal. High-ranking students will be offered a full scholarship to continue with a three-year PhD programme at the UMCG!

If you do not wish to continue in academia, you can work as a researcher at a non-academic organization, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), health insurers, (international) hospitals, or municipal health services.

Job examples

  • Find scientific evidence for practical problems
  • Advise organizations on interventions or future policy
  • Contribute to the design of health systems of the future
  • Working as a researcher within health care organization

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Study options

Full Time (24 Months)

Tuition fees
€17,500.00 (US$ 18,457) per year
Application deadline

Expected May 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2023


University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,


9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Bachelor's degree. Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

For international students

A bachelor degree (or equivalent) in Bio(medical) sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences, Human Movement Sciences, Life Sciences, Biology, Sociology, Econometrics, Pedagogy, Economics, Demographical Sciences.

Students must meet the English language requirements stated below:

IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.0 on each section

TOEFL paper based 580, no less than 55 on each section

TOEFL computer based 237, no less than 21 on each section

TOEFL internet based 92, no less than 21 on each section

Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE)

University of Groningen LCET: Minimum section scores C2 or C1 (one B2 allowed)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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