Health Sciences

Tackling the health challenges of the future

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

The programme 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

Five specializations

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.

Optional courses

Optional courses enable students to deepen their understanding of a specific field. They consist of both theoretical and practical aspects of health science research. The choice is determined by personal interest, specialization and internship. You can choose from the full range of health science subjects or subjects from other programmes and faculties. 

Course descriptions

Further information about the Master’s programme in Health Sciences and course descriptions can be found online in our Study guide and in the Teaching and Exam Regulations Master's Degree Programme 2016-2017.

See also: Year Schedule 2016-17 and Course Schedule

Health Sciences courses in study guide.


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Health Sciences touches on many aspects of society, so you can pursue a career in lots of different areas. With excellent analytical skills, a comprehensive overview of the healthcare system and specialized knowledge and skills, you will be a valuable asset to many employers in the healthcare sector.

Your job prospects after your Master’s include:

  • Researcher at a university, TNO (Applied Research Institute) or RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment)
  • Health insurance policy officer with a health insurer
  • Sickness prevention policy officer at a branch of the Municipal Health Services
  • Communication advisor on health issues
  • Manager at a work activity centre or healthcare institution
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health advisor for an NGO
  • Consultant 

Once you have completed your Master’s programme in Health Sciences, you may also decide to continue your studies at a more advanced level. The options include post-doctorate courses at the Netherlands School of Primary Care Research (CaRe) or the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES). You can also apply to a PhD programme at a university or research institute.

Salus Career Event

Each year student association Salus organizes a Career Event. A wide range of companies are represented at the event. The career event offers lectures and workshops to enable students to meet with future employers.

More information on Salus can be obtained at www.salusvu.nl.

More information on the Career Event can be obtained at www.cgavu.nl

Health sciences  is defined as the broad field of study, research and practice geared towards:
• Improving health by introducing a healthy life style
• Increasing efficiency of health care
• Decreasing costs
• Achieving equity in health.
Health researchers need interdisciplinary approaches. They interact with health professionals, patients, policy makers and industry to improve the organization of health care. 

In the master Health Sciences, you may choose one of the five specializations to study health care. You will obtain the latest insights, as well as research designs and implementation strategies to address the health challenges as aging, mental disorders, infectious diseases and obesity.

Five specializations
Within the Master’s programme in Health Sciences you can choose between five different specializations. Each one prepares you for a niche in the broad field of the health sciences. You can choose between:

  • Policy and Organization of Health care
  • Prevention and Public Health
  • Infectious Diseases and Public Health
  • Nutrition and Health
  • International Public Health

Read more about the five specializations

Composing your own programme
You can compose your own Master’s programme in consultation with the examination board. You can choose from the full range of health science subjects or subjects from other programmes and faculties. Naturally, the subjects you choose must be compatible with the Health Sciences programme. And even within the standard specializations, one-third of the curriculum consists of optional subjects. This enables you to realize your own personal profile.

International opportunities
The Department of Health Sciences has a solid international network. Through these contacts, you will be able to study in Denmark or Germany or embark on a student placement in countries such as Guatemala, Chile, South Africa and the United States, or even at the World Health Organization in Geneva.

Internship
Half of your Masters’ education (5 months) will consist of an internship. This allows you to put your newly acquired knowledge into practice, to obtain a good impression of your future field of action and to gain valuable experience.
Read more about the internship 

Lily van Neer

Utrecht Public Health Service GG&GD

Overview Health Sciences

Language of instruction

English

Duration

1 year

Application deadline

15 July for Dutch students. 1 April for EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students.* * EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need housing services through VU Amsterdam can still apply until 1 June.

Start date

1 September

Study type

Full-time

Specializations

Policy and Organization of Healthcare / Prevention and Public Health / Infectious Diseases and Health / Nutrition and Health / International Public Health

Admission requirements

Field of Interest

Health and Movement

Internship opportunities

Half of your Master’s programme will consist of an internship. This allows you to participate in a current research project, put your newly acquired knowledge into practice, gain valuable work experience and obtain a good impression of your future field of action.

Four quality criteria apply to this research:

  • it should focus on a challenging, verifiable research question
  • it should be carried out according to a sound experimental design
  • it should have a firm theoretical basis
  • the result is a scientific English article

The emphasis is on gaining insight into the relationship between the various components of the research process, hypothesizing, data collection, interpreting and reporting. The research should preferably have a clear social relevance.

More information on internships can be found under each specialization.

The one-year Master’s in Health Sciences is intended to educate students as specialist in the field of health care, public health and disease prevention. The study load is 60 ECTS credits.

Within the Master’s in Health Sciences you can choose one out of five specializations. Another option is to select your own courses to create your personal Master’s degree (with the approval of the examination board). The five specializations correspond with the research areas at the Department of Health Sciences:

  • Policy and Organisation of Health Care
  • Prevention and Public Health
  • Infectious Diseases and Public Health
  • Nutrition and 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.

We encourage our students to think ahead and gear their programme to the placement or research project that they would like to do. For example, Clinical Nutrition provides a good basis for tackling projects in clinical settings, while Public Health Nutrition prepares you for projects in organizations such as Municipal Health Services (GGD) and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Students in all specializations are required to complete an internship and write an article.

Course descriptions can be found in the study guide.

Healthcare is under threat. Can current levels of healthcare be maintained while allowing the economy to grow? Can access to healthcare in the future be guaranteed for those who need it most? Should costly new treatments be covered?

Health policy defines a vision for the future, it outlines priorities and the expected roles of different groups, and it creates a foundation for the required policies.

In this specialization students will learn what can be done to optimize a health system such as the Dutch health system. Students will learn the economics of healthcare provision, the selection of treatments to cover with insurance. Moreover, the specialization allows students to study the science of policymaking and organization of healthcare. This provides an insight into the perspectives of providers, purchasers, patients and authorities. Another optional course is Dutch health law, which deals with all the laws that govern the participants in the Dutch healthcare system.

Students with an interest in management are offered a course in healthcare management with theory and management assignments. Alternatively, students with an interest in quantitative research are offered a course in advanced statistics that will allow them to pursue a carrier in research.

FocusHealth policy
IssuesHealthcare cost containment, equitable access to healthcare, efficient production of healthcare, patient oriented healthcare, providing and purchasing healthcare, policy-analysis of healthcare, organization of healthcare, health law, healthcare management, quantitative research.
ObjectiveStudents will learn how to analyze healthcare issues from economic and other perspectives, and use their analyses to improve patient oriented efficient healthcare for the future.
Internship opportunitiesHealth insurers (e.g. Achmea, VGZ), healthcare providers (e.g. VUmc, AMC), government agencies (e.g. VWS, Kwaliteitsinstituut), interest groups (e.g. NPCF), research bureaus (e.g. RIVM, EMGO), consultancy agencies (e.g. KPMG, SiRM).
Compulsory courses  
  • Care and Prevention Research: design and methods of quantitative research
  • Advanced Health Economics: health economic analysis of health policy issues
Optional coursesAt least one of four set optional courses:
  • Dutch Health Law: Dutch health policy related laws for consumers, providers, purchasers
  • Management in Health Organization: a hands-on course on healthcare management
  • Regulation and Organization in Health Care: the organization of Dutch healthcare at system level and within providers of healthcare
  • Economic Evaluation: how to select treatments for insurance coverage
See the General Electives where you will find among others:
  • Advanced Statistics: a do-it-yourself course on statistical methods used in current scientific research.
  • Policy, Management and Organization: a course somewhat similar to the regulation and organization course but with a stronger focus on policy analysis and less on the actual Dutch organization of healthcare.

 Job perspective

Most of our students get a job in health policy an academic level within months after finishing their study. Students typically find a job at their internship provider or similar organization (healthcare insurers, providers, authorities and consultancies) and about 15 percent enter a PhD-position.

Contact

For more information about the program, please contact dr. Xander Koolman

This specialization will give you a broad overview of the biology of pathogenic organisms, the interaction between pathogens and their hosts. You will focus on the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases in the Netherlands and abroad.

FocusPathogenic micro-organisms and parasites.
ObjectiveStudying epidemiology, control and prevention of infectious diseases.
Internship opportunitiese.g. Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (ITM). In addition universities and research institutes in e.g. Venezuela, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Senegal and Uganda.
Compulsory courses  
  • Care and Prevention Research 
  • Nutrition and Infectious Disease
Optional coursesAt least one of three set optional courses:
  • Containment Strategies of Infectious Diseases in Global Context
  • Parasitology 
  • Health Geography
Two free-choice options, see General Electives.

 Contact

For more information about the program, please contact dr. Colleen Doak

This specialization will train you to cooperate and communicate with professionals from various scientific and medical disciplines as well as representatives of public health and related organizations (such as patient organizations), focusing on health problems in a global context.

FocusBroad perspective on the diverse aspects of international public health.
Issues21st-century complexities in demographic patterns, disease burden, climate change and economic development in all societies, rich and poor; increasingly complex health problems
ObjectiveTo develop a more integrated approach to complex problems through a strong interdisciplinary focus on developments in intervention strategies to address health needs worldwide.
Internship opportunitiese.g. universities, research institutes, NGOs, ministries in countries such as Ghana, South Africa, Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh and the Netherlands; international organizations (e.g. WHO), national organizations such as NIVEL.
Compulsory courses  
  • Research Methods for Needs Assessment
  • Containment Strategies of Infectious Diseases in Global Context
  • Policy, Management and Organisation in IPH
Optional courses
  • Health Globalisation and Human Rights
  • Nutrition and Infectious Disease 
  • Parasitology
  • International Comparative Analyses of Health Care Systems
See also General Electives.

Contact

For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Dirk Essink

This specialization focuses on the role of diet in health and in disease. You may, for example, concentrate on promoting good health through primary and secondary prevention of nutrition-related illness in the population, on nutritional problems in the clinical setting, on nutrition and infectious diseases, and/or on nutritional problems in developing and developed countries.

FocusPrevention and treatment of disease through diet.
IssuesWhat we eat or drink is one of the most important determinants of good health. Students may focus on the promotion of good health through primary and secondary prevention of nutrition related illness in the population (prevention); on nutritional problems in the clinical setting (clinical nutrition); on nutrition and infectious diseases; and/or on nutritional problems in developing and developed countries.
Objective
  1. nutritional intervention for improving lifestyle
  2. optimizing nutritional status in specific population groups, i.e. children, elderly, non-western immigrants
  3. nutritional components for the prevention of chronic disease
  4. optimizing nutritional treatment in a clinical setting.
Internship opportunitiese.g. Municipal Health Services (GGD), food industry, government organizations, RIVM, TNO, universities and university hospitals.
Compulsory courses  
  • Care and Prevention Research
  • Public Health Nutrition
Optional coursesAt least one of three set optional courses: 
  • Nutrition in Health and Disease
  • Nutrition in Clinical Practice
  • Nutrition and Infectious Disease
Two free-choice options from another Master specialization or from the General Electives.

 Contact

For more information about the program, please contact dr. Margreet Olthof

This specialization is intended for students who want to specialize in health promotion and disease prevention. You will gain a broad overview of the theory, research and practice in the field of prevention and public health. The focus is on health behaviour, disease prevention, communication, lifestyle interventions and environmental interventions.

After gaining insight in the systematic approach of developing interventions (i.e. intervention mapping), you will study a range of interventions and how to determine their effectiveness. In some courses, the focus will be on primary prevention, however the optional course ‘Health Psychology’ deals with tertiary prevention, i.e. interventions to enable patients to cope better with their illness. Sometimes the focus will be on interventions targeted at the individual level, whereas in an optional course as ‘Prevention and Policy’, the focus will be on policy interventions for much broader groups. Both the prevention of physical illnesses and the prevention of mental health problems are part of this specialization.

FocusHealth related behaviours and the environment: interventions to promote health and to prevent disease.
IssuesPrevention is better than cure, but how exactly do you go about preventing a disease?
ObjectiveDeveloping interventions for a healthier lifestyle.
Internship opportunitiese.g. VU Medical Center, TNO Applied Research Institute, Municipal Health Services (GGD), Consumer and Safety Foundation, the Netherlands Institute for Health Promotion and Sickness Prevention(NIGZ).
Compulsory courses  
  • Care and Prevention Research
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Optional coursesAt least one of four set optional courses:
  • Policy and Prevention
  • Health Psychology
  • Communication Campaigns and Research
  • Prevention of mental health problems
Two free-choice courses, see General Electives.

Job Perspective

Most of our students get a job in public health at an academic level within months after finishing their study. Students typically find a job at their internship provider or a similar organization and about 15 percent enter a PhD-position. 

Contact

For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Willemieke Kroeze


We collected the frequently asked questions about the general Master's programme in Health Sciences and about the application and registration.

What are the admission requirements for the Master Health Sciences?
More info about the admission requirements

Are the Master’s courses taught in English?

All Master’s courses are taught in English, except for one optional course: Health Law.

When does the Master’s programme start and when does it end?
The Master’s programme starts at September 1st and ends at the end of June.

Is it possible to start the programme at a different moment?
No, you can only start the Master's programme at the beginning of the academic year (September).

Is it possible to work alongside the Master’s programme?
The Master’s programme is a full time study. It is up to each individual student to decide whether this is feasible in combination with the demands of their job.

Is it possible to follow the Master's programme part time?
No, the Master’s programme is full time. There are no plans for a part time programme.

Is there a registration limit for the Master’s programme?
No, there is no limit. Anyone who meets the entry requirements can participate in the Master’s programme.

What are the tuition fees for the Master’s programme Health Sciences?
For more information about tuition fees follow this link.
 
What is the structure of the Master’s programme Health Sciences?
From September until the end of January the programme consists of five courses. After these courses the Master continues with five months of internship. Take a look at the schedule for the complete Master's programme.  
 

Mine Yildirim

Institute for Health and Care Research EMGO+

Student experiences


Anne van Dijk  Specializations:

 1) Nutrition and Health

 2) Prevention and Public Health

 Prepatory training:
1) HBO Voeding & Diëtetiek (Nutrition & Dietetics)
                         2) Premaster Health Sciences

Combination of two specializations

First, I studied Nutrition & Dietetics. Because I was interested in research, I explored which continuing training or Master would be suitable for me. I chose the Master’s Health Sciences at VU Amsterdam, because this university offers the possibility to combine several specializations, and because you learn a lot about methodology and epidemiology. I chose the specializations Nutrition & Health and Prevention & Public Health. Because of my interest in nutrition I chose for the Nutrition specialization, and because most diseases can be prevented by adopting another lifestyle (for example different food habits) I chose Prevention. I expected that this was a good combination.

Nice mix of theory and practice

I enjoyed the specializations, although I had to work harder than I usually had to at the HBO. Especially the quantity of subjects is higher. What I like is that you get six months of theory, and an internship of six months, where you can practice the acquired knowledge immediately. I took my placement at VU medical center at the department of Dietetics and Nutrition Science. There was a large database available, and I researched if there is an association between weight loss and quality of life in head and neck cancer patients during radiotherapy. The conclusion of this research was that more weight loss during radiotherapy is associated with a worse deterioration in quality of life.

Research the association between nutrition and health

I would like to work as a researcher in a hospital or at a company like TNO or GGD. I’m mostly interested in nutritional research. I would like to research the associations between nutrition and health, possibly in combination with a job as a dietician. I have no preference in population, because my interest in food/nutrition is broad. 

Disclaimer: The Masters in Health Sciences program no longer allows for students have two specializations simultaenously. Students may, however, continue to take elective courses from a second specialization.

 
Evelien Rouwenhorst  Master specializations:
  1) Prevention and Public Health
  2) Infectious Diseases

  Prepatory training:
  1) HBO Nursing
  2) Premaster Health Sciences

After I finished secondary school (HAVO) I initially went to a nurse training school (HBO level). At that time I was convinced that I wanted to be a nurse. After four years I finished this training, but I decided to continue studying and I chose to enrol for the premaster Health Sciences.

To me, the premaster meant an enormous added value and it was a good preparation to the master Health Sciences. The programme is very diverse and emphasises various fields of research within the health care. Besides, because of the great number of subjects the choice for the master specialization was easily made.
I chose two specializations, i.e. Prevention and Public Health, and Infectious Diseases and Public Health. Prevention is mainly aimed at health promotion and policy. Infectious Diseases offers both policy and biomedical subjects. Further, all specializations aim partly at scientific research. I found the combination of prevention, policy and the biomedical aspect very attractive. I experienced the combination of two specializations as a very positive aspect. It requires motivation and is time consuming; on the other hand it is definitely feasible and adds to your resume.

I accomplished my graduation project at The Kirby Institute in Australia, at the department of HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Program. I conducted behavioural scientific research in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention, and my article was published in the scientific magazine AIDS and Behavior. This meant a fantastic crowning achievement and a beautiful start of my career. Beside the benefits of learning the English language well, the addition to my personal development, the endless SPSS sessions, the relaxed labour ambiance and fascinating research, there was plenty of time to meet lots of new people and cultures, and to enjoy this wonderful country. Therefore, I would truly recommend a work placement abroad!

After graduating I started as a Trainee Health Care Purchaser. A health care purchaser makes appointments with health care providers by means of negotiating and is prepared for new developments in health care. The health care market is on the move and health care purchasing is developing abundantly, thus it offers so many possibilities to develop oneself.

There is no obvious association between the function of health care purchaser and the specializations I chose. On the one hand the specializations are very specific, on the other hand you learn to observe and analyse the health care from various perspectives. In my opinion there will be plenty of employability within (e.g.) the health care.

Disclaimer: The Masters in Health Sciences program no longer allows for students have two specializations simultaenously. Students may, however, continue to take elective courses from a second specialization.

 


Laura Shields  Specialization: International Public Health

  Prepatory training:
  1) Bachelor's in Psychology
  2) Bachelor's in International Development 

 

 

Perfect bridge between studies, work experience and career interests

I chose the International Public Health masters because it was the perfect bridge between my studies, previous work experience and career interests. I started off as a student in psychology and international development in Canada and the UK, and my interests became more interdisciplinary as time went on. After working in mental health at the national level in the UK and on an international level for an NGO focusing on psychiatry and human rights in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia, my interests became focused on health systems, policies, service delivery, and increasing accessibility to health services. Knowing that my interests spanned across different health disciplines, I sought out a program where I could gain a deeper insight into complex health problems on an international scale.

Flexible Master’s Programme

The flexibility of this master's programme meant that I could tailor the programme to my interests. I still was able to acquire a broad set of analytical skills in public health and epidemiology, while simultaneously focusing on my particular interest of global mental health.  The flexibility of the programme also allowed me to work throughout my studies in my field. 
The modules throughout the masters enabled me to grasp many different facets of public health – research, epidemiology, policy, management, health systems, human rights, and communicable and non-communicable diseases. This was beneficial as it allows you to consider multiple perspectives, approaches, and factors when problem-solving complex issues in public health. It was also quite a challenge adjusting to a new educational system where the majority of people speak a different language than you!

Internship at WHO in Geneva

For my internship and thesis portion of my masters, I independently applied to be an intern at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. I contributed to writing needs assessments for countries in the Western pacific Region, which assessed the status of mental health in the respective country and identified next steps (primarily in policy, organization of health services, and human resources). It was primarily qualitative work in policy and epidemiology, and identifying opportunities and gaps within a country's mental heath system.

It was an amazing opportunity which provided me with insight into global mental health. It was also fantastic to interact with health professionals at the forefront of global health, attend seminars, contribute to publications, and build some excellent contacts. Lastly, it was an inspiring experience to be surrounded by a diverse workplace that all maintained a common goal of improving global health.

Multiple perspectives

Currently, I am just finishing a contract at the Trimbos Institute (the national institute of mental health and addiction), and will be collaborating on research looking at community mental health, policy, and mental health and human rights in India. I intend to complete a doctoral degree in public health specialising in international mental health and ideally, apply my skills and become a mental health advisor, working on health in resource-poor settings and implementing mental health strategies.


Tessa van Loenen Specialization: Policy and Organization of Health Care

 Prepatory education: Bachelor’s in Health Sciences

 

 

 

How I came to be interested in policy and organization of health care

After completing my pre-university education, I actually wanted to go into Medicine. However, I wasn’t chosen for the course and had to choose another programme. I decided to study Health Sciences because I was interested in studying human health from a variety of different perspectives. It turned out to be the perfect choice. I enjoyed the first year so much that I decided to finish this Bachelor’s programme and continue with the Master’s in Policy and Organization of Health Care since this specialization best matched my interests. I was curious how health care systems worked and how they could enhance the quality and availability of health care.

Contribute to quality of health care in the Netherlands

During the second part of my Master’s programme, I conducted my placement at the RIVM, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. This is a knowledge and research institute dedicated to promoting public health and a healthy and safe living environment. During this placement, I put everything I had learned so far into practice. My research contained a quantitative analysis of the new bundled payment system (‘Keten-DBC’) in the Netherlands. My objective was to explore if and why there is variation in quality of diabetes health care provided within this new system. Are these differences attributable to characteristics at care group, GP practice or patient level? And how can we learn from this?

This is currently a topic of heated debate in the Dutch health care system. I, therefore, hope to be able to contribute to these discussions by publishing an article about my research, for which I am currently analysing extra data.

The study placement not only developed my research skills considerably, it was also really enjoyable and fun to do!

Enhancing my career prospects

The big advantage of studying Health Sciences at VU Amsterdam is being given the opportunity to compile your own programme. In addition to the compulsory courses for my specialization, I also had the option of choosing elective courses from another specialization. This allowed me to compile a study programme suited to my individual needs and interests. My study placement awakened my interest for scientific research and fostered an ambition to pursue my academic studies further. I subsequently embarked on a PhD at the IQ Healthcare, a scientific centre for research and education that supports quality, safety and innovation in health care. During my PhD programme, I will examine the effects of the quality and availability of primary health care on secondary health care with the aid of a vast database from several countries. There is no doubt that my education at VU Amsterdam equipped me with the all necessary skills and knowledge for a job like this.


Willemijn den Oudendammer  Specializations:
  1) Infectious Diseases
  2) International Public Health

  Prepatory training:
  Bachelor's Health Sciences, VU Amsterdam

 

Interested in international development

Before I started the bachelor Health Sciences at VU Amsterdam, I was looking around for an interesting study. To gain more information I attended an information day at VU Amsterdam. This day, a poster of Health Sciences caught my eye. The poster showed students who were taking part in internships in an African country. I started talking to the lady there about the bachelor and master health sciences and in particular about international development. It was then that I decided that this was what I wanted to do.

Infectious diseases and international development

I decided to take two specializations in one year. Because the prevention of infectious diseases is very interesting and extremely important, I first chose the specialization Infectious Diseases. Furthermore, I wanted to be able to work in the field of international development after my studies, helping to improve people’s lives. However, I realised that if I wanted to work in that field, it would also be important to know about the money distribution, politics and health systems worldwide. Therefore I decided to combine the specialization Infectious Diseases with the specialization International Public Health. These two specializations combine very well and add value to one another.

Good study programme

I like the general  setup of this study’s programme. Firstly, each month there is a new topic. These topics follow each other in a very sensible order, making sure that each new topic is an added value to the knowledge you have gained previously. Secondly, the first two weeks of each new topic you start with acquired knowledge and studying the topic thoroughly. The remaining two weeks are used for assignments. In this way you can put your new knowledge into practice and see the value of what you are learning.

On a characteristic study day you have lectures in the morning. In the afternoon you can work on your assignments, study or ask questions and reflect on the lectures. 

Internship in Uganda

I was able to carry out my research in Uganda where I stayed for several months. My final research was about diarrhoea related school absence in Ugandan primary school children. I loved this time very much and learned a lot about doing research in the field of infectious diseases, but also about myself. It is very common in this specialization to go abroad for your final research. However, it is not a necessity.

Great times at the VU

I enjoyed both specializations very much; the topics, the lectures, the assignments and my internship. VU Amsterdam is a nice university with opportunities to both enjoying your student days and learning a lot. The lecturers at Health Sciences are very helpful and are easy accessible. I enjoyed my time at VU Amsterdam very much, and I loved the opportunity to accomplish my final research abroad.

Disclaimer: The Masters in Health Sciences program no longer allows for students have two specializations simultaenously. Students may, however, continue to take elective courses from a second specialization.

 

Rik Koekenbier

Amsterdam Public Health Service GGD

Dutch students

In order to determine your eligibility to the program the student must submit his/her application according to the formal application procedure.
The admission board of the master Health Sciences will assess the diploma and determines the deficiencies.
No pre-checks of diplomas will be performed!

Direct admission

  • Bachelor Health Sciences
  • Bachelor Health & Life sciences
  • Premaster Health Sciences VU Amsterdam
  • Bachelor University Colleges with sufficient knowledge and understanding of epidemiology, biostatistics/qualitative research methods, public health/health sciences

Admission with additional requirements

Students holding one of the following Bachelor's degrees or other BSc degrees within the field of health and/or life sciences are required to have successfully followed (as shown on Bachelor diploma) at least 6 EC in Epidemiology courses and 12 EC in Biostatistics courses at university bachelor level:

  • Bachelor Human Movement Science
  • Bachelor Psychology
  • Bachelor Biomedical sciences
  • Bachelor Medicine
  • Bachelor Nutrition and Health (Wageningen University)
  • Bachelor Gezondheid en Maatschappij (Wageningen University)
  • Bachelor Farmaceutische wetenschappen (VU)
  • Bachelor Medische Natuurwetenschappen (VU)
  • Bachelor Psychobiologie (UvA)
  • Bachelor Bèta Gamma met een major Biomedische wetenschappen of met een major Psychobiologie
Students holding one of the following Master's degrees are required to have followed at least 6 EC in Epidemiology courses at university bachelor level:
  • Master Human Movement Science
  • Master Psychology
  • Master Biomedical sciences
  • Master Medicine
  • Master Nutrition and Health (Wageningen University)

Deficiencies

In case of any deficiency the student must successfully complete the online course ‘Epidemiology and Statistics’ before the start of the master Health Sciences. Information about payment and Course manual

Not admitted: Other bachelor and master programmes

All students with other Bachelor's or Master's degrees outside the field of health and/or life sciences will not be admitted. 

English language proficiency requirements

VU Amsterdam requires all applicants to pass an English language proficiency test.

Below you see the requirements:
(Test results NO more than 2 years before the start of the degree program.
Information about the VU-test English-language proficiency: TOEFL ITP (minimum score 580): www.taalloket.nl)

Article 7. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTER’S PROGRAMMES
3. An applicant wishing to pursue an English-language Master’s programme must demonstrate
a. that he/she is proficient in English by having met at least one of the following conditions no more than two years before the start of the degree programme:
- IELTS (academic) 6.5
- TOEFL paper based test: 580
- TOEFL internet based test: 92
- the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) has passed with a score A, B or C.
- VU-test English-language proficiency: TOEFL ITP.
b. to have met the supplementary or higher languages requirements, in case the faculty did set them. Where applicable these requirements are listed in the OER of the programme.
4. From the test are exempted:
a. students who completed an English-taught secondary or higher education degree in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.
b. those who have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in an English-taught programme accredited by NVAO in the Netherlands
c. those who have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an accredited English-taught programme in another member state of the European Union.
5. Requirements may be imposed to those students who wishes to pursue an English-taught Master’s programme by the faculty. Where applicable these requirements are listed in the OER of the programme.

N.B. Students who need a visa (MVV) to enter the Netherlands must have passed the test and submitted the original test certificate before 1 June. All other students have to submit the test certificate at the latest before 1 September.

Please send copies of your English test results to the following addresses:

Wil je na je paramedische hbo-opleiding doorstuderen om je carrière verder voort te zetten op academisch niveau? Dan is de premaster Health Sciences voor jou de volgende stap. Met dit eenjarige studieprogramma word je voorbereid op de master Health Sciences, onder andere door het wegwerken van deficiënties in onderzoeksmethodologie en statistiek, en het volgen van een masterspecialisatiecursus. Het onderwijs wordt gegeven in het Nederlands. De premaster start alleen in september.

Programma
De premaster bestaat uit een eenjarig programma van 30 EC, waarin studenten 5 cursussen van elk 6 EC volgen. Het cursuspakket is afhankelijk van de specialisatie binnen de master Health Sciences die een student na de premaster gaat doen. Studenten kiezen dus voordat zij aan de premaster beginnen al een masterspecialisatie. Kijk in de Studiegids voor meer informatie.

Alle premasterstudenten volgen in ieder geval drie cursussen methodologie/statistiek, één cursus kwalitatief onderzoek en in principe één specialisatiecursus. De specialisatiecursus is afhankelijk van de masterspecialisatie die een student na het premasterjaar kiest. Daarnaast is er tijdens de verschillende vakken speciale aandacht voor academische vaardigheden, zoals wetenschappelijk schrijven, mondeling presenteren en informatievaardigheden.

Er is één contactdag per week (hierbij wordt uitgegaan van een 20-urige studieweek). De contacturen zijn gepland op dinsdag of op vrijdag, dit kan per premastercursus verschillen.

 

Premaster vakken 

Een complete vakbeschrijvingen kan je vinden in de Studiegids

Overige informatie Premaster

Taal:Nederlands
Duur:1 jaar (30 EC)
Aanmelden voor:1 juni
Startdatum:September
Voorbereidend op:Master Health Sciences
Interessegebied:Health and Life Sciences
Toelatingseisen:Alle gezondheidsgerelateerde HBO-opleidingen geven direct toegang tot de premaster (mits het assessment is bijgewoond).
Studenten met een WO-vooropleiding die afgewezen worden voor de Master Health Sciences worden niet toegelaten tot de Premaster.
Kosten:Voor informatie over de kosten van het studieprogramma en het assessment kijk dan op de VU-website.

Let op:
  1. Je krijgt geen restitutie van de kosten van het studieprogramma op basis van uitschrijving/beëindiging halverwege het studiejaar.
  2. Je krijgt na de aanmelding voor het assessment geen restitutie van de kosten van het assessment, ook niet als je het assessment niet maakt.
 

Premasterassessment en aanmelden premaster
De aanmeldprocedure voor de premaster staat uitgebreid beschreven op de VU-website. Daarnaast vind je er ook informatie over de inhoud van het assessment en hoe je je daarop kunt voorbereiden.

Studiefinanciering
Voor vragen over studiefinanciering, studentenlening en/of OV-studentenkaart kun je contact opnemen met DUO-IB-groep

Na de premaster
Alleen als je het premasterjaar volledig succesvol hebt afgerond, heb je direct toegang tot de Master Health Sciences aan de VU. Per 2016/17 is ook het voldoen aan de Engels taaleis een verplichting voor toelating tot de masteropleiding vanuit de premaster. Aan deze eis moet voor of gedurende het premasterprogramma worden voldaan, uiterlijk voor 1 september 2017.
De studiepunten van het premasterjaar zijn een jaar geldig, dat betekent dat je na de premaster direct start aan de Master.

Veelgestelde vragen
Via onderstaande link vind je de antwoorden op een aantal veelgestelde vragen.

FAQ Premaster Gezondheidswetenschappen 

Contact 
Staat het antwoord op je vraag niet op deze site, neem dan contact op met de premastercoördinator: 
e-mail: premaster.gw@falw.vu.nl

Alles wat je altijd al over de premaster Gezondheidswetenschappen wilde weten.

Algemeen

Q: Wat is de premaster Gezondheidwetenschappen?
A: De premaster is een schakeljaar tussen een paramedische hbo-opleiding en de masteropleiding Health Sciences (1 jaar) waarin deficiënties worden weggewerkt.

Q: Voor wie is de premaster bedoeld?
A: Voor mensen met een afgeronde 4-jarige paramedische hbo-opleiding, die in willen stromen in de master Health Sciences.

Q: Wanneer begint de premaster?
A: De premaster start 1 keer per jaar, alleen in september. Instroom in de premaster gedurende het studiejaar is niet mogelijk.

Q: Is het mogelijk om de premaster in deeltijd te volgen?
A: De premaster is een 1-jarig deeltijdprogramma. Er is 1 contactdag per week (hierbij wordt uitgegaan van een 20-urige studieweek). De contacturen zijn op dinsdag of vrijdag, dit kan per premastercursus verschillen. In het jaarrooster kan je lezen welke premastercursus op welke dag staat gepland.

Q: Hoeveel college-uren zijn er per week in de premaster?
A: Bij 1 contactdag in de week zijn er gemiddeld 8 uur hoor –en werkcolleges.

Q: Worden de college-uren in de premaster op vaste dagen in de week aangeboden?
A: In de premaster worden de cursussen gedurende het gehele studiejaar zoveel mogelijk op 2 vaste dagen gepland. Dit zijn de dinsdag en vrijdag.

Q: Wat zijn de tijden waarop er college wordt gegeven?
A: De colleges worden gegeven tussen 9.00 en 18.00 uur.

Q: Worden de colleges in de premaster en master in het Engels gegeven?
A: In de premaster worden de colleges in het Nederlands gegeven. In de master worden de colleges meestal in het Engels gegeven. Deelname van internationale studenten aan de cursussen is in de master niet ongebruikelijk.

Q: Wordt er in de premaster en master veel gebruik gemaakt van Engelstalig studiemateriaal?
A: Veel studiematerialen zijn Engelstalig, zowel in de premaster als in de master.

Q: Is het mogelijk om naast de premaster te werken?
A: 1 contactdag per week staat voor een 20-urige studieweek. Het is dus mogelijk om naast de premaster te werken. De master Health Sciences is wel een voltijd studieprogramma.

Q: Ik heb een wetenschappelijke minor gevolgd bij mijn hbo-opleiding. Kan ik hiervoor vrijstelling krijgen in de premaster?
A: Wanneer je een wetenschappelijke minor hebt gevolgd tijdens je hbo-opleiding, zal dit programma beoordeeld worden op zowel inhoud (onderwerpen) als omvang (aantal EC). De examencommissie beslist op basis van deze informatie of er vrijstelling(en) verleend wordt. Voor meer informatie over de procedure kun je contact opnemen met de premastercoördinator via premaster.gw@falw.vu.nl.

Q: Krijg ik een diploma voor de premaster?
A: Nee, voor de premaster krijg je geen diploma. Dit is geen examenprogramma, maar een programma om deficiënties weg te werken.

Q: Staat het afronden van de premaster gelijk aan een bachelor van de opleiding Gezondheidswetenschappen?
A: Nee, dit is niet het geval.

Q: Wanneer moet ik een keuze maken voor de masterspecialisatie die ik wil volgen?
A: Met ingang van het premasterprogramma in 2011-2012 moeten studenten zich al oriënteren op een specialisatie, vóórdat ze de premaster in gaan. Het cursuspakket dat studenten in de premaster krijgen is namelijk afhankelijk van de specialisatiekeuze in de master Health Sciences.

Q: Wat zijn de eisen om na mijn premaster de master in te mogen?
A: Om in te kunnen stromen in een masterspecialisatie van Health Sciences, moeten alle 30 studiepunten behaald worden. Dat betekent dat alle cursussen uit het premastercursuspakket met een voldoende (>5,5) zijn afgerond.

Q: Hoeveel kansen zijn er om een tentamen te behalen?
A: Er zijn twee tentamenkansen per studiejaar. Als het tentamen de tweede keer opnieuw niet behaald is, is instroom in de master niet meer mogelijk.

Q: Is het mogelijk om langer dan een jaar over de premaster doen?
A: Nee dat is niet mogelijk. Je moet je premaster binnen 1 jaar hebben afgerond.

Q: Kan ik na het behalen van mijn premaster een jaar er tussenuit om daarna met de master starten?
A: Nee dat is niet mogelijk. De behaalde resultaten van de premaster zijn een jaar geldig. Daarom moeten studenten direct na hun premaster starten met de masteropleiding. 

Q: Voor welke zaken moet ik in ieder geval de website in de gaten houden?
A: Het is verstandig de website in de gaten te houden voor wat betreft de toelatingseisen, de toelatingsprocedure en de uiterste aanmelddatum.

Q: Waar kan ik meer informatie vinden over de algemene bepalingen van de premaster?
A: Je kan meer informatie vinden in de Studiegids van de premaster of op de website van de VU.


Toelating

Q: Is er sprake van een numerus fixus voor de premaster?
A: Nee, hiervan is geen sprake. Wanneer je een van de hbo-opleidingen hebt gevolgd die toegang bieden tot de premaster en je aanwezig bent bij het premasterassessment, kan je instromen in de premaster.

Q: Met welke hbo-opleiding heb je direct toegang tot de premaster?
A: Alle gezondheidsgerelateerde hbo-opleidingen geven direct toegang tot de premaster mits je het assessment hebt bijgewoond. Studenten met een wo-vooropleiding die afgewezen worden voor de Master Health Sciences worden niet toegelaten tot de premaster.

     

Q: Ik heb alleen een hbo-propedeuse. Kan ik instromen in de premaster?
A: Nee. Met een hbo-propedeuse kun je alleen instromen in de bachelor Gezondheidswetenschappen. Je moet beschikken over Engels, wiskunde en biologie op vwo-niveau. Voor meer informatie hierover zie de toelatingsprocedure voor de bachelor Gezondheidswetenschappen.

     


Aanmelden en inschrijven

Q: Hoe moet ik mij inschrijven?
A: Op de VU-website staat de aanmeldingsprocedure beschreven.

Q: Ik beschik nog niet over mijn diploma, kan ik me nu wel al inschrijven?
A: Ja, dit kan. Je moet echter wel je diploma voor 31 augustus inleveren bij de VU. Zie aanmeldingsprocedure op de VU-website.

Q: Moet ik mij als premasterstudent ook inschrijven via Studielink?
A: Ja, ook als premasterstudent schrijf je je in via Studielink. Dit kan al voordat je je hebt ingeschreven vóór het assessment.

Q: Wanneer ontvang ik mijn boekenlijst?
A: Je ontvangt geen boekenlijst. In de Studiegids staat per cursus vermeld welke studiematerialen (i.e. boek(en), reader(s), artikel(en)) er worden gebruikt. Wanneer dit niet staat vermeld, wordt dit voorafgaande aan de cursus bekend gemaakt.


Premasterassessment

Q: Is deelname aan het premasterassessment verplicht?
A: Ja, alle hbo-instromers zijn verplicht deel te nemen aan het premasterassessment.

Q: Waar vind ik informatie over het premasterassessment?
A: Op www.vu.nl > opleidingen > masteropleidingen > premasterassessment vind je de volgende informatie over het premasterassessment: het doel van het premasterassessment, data van afname, plaats van afname, voorbereidingstips, een voorbeeldassessment, aanmelding en kosten én de uitslag.

Q: Tot wanneer kan ik me aanmelden voor het assessment?
A: Inschrijven voor het assessment kan tot uiterlijk 1 juni. Dit is een harde deadline. Wanneer je je na 1 juni aanmeldt, word je niet toegelaten tot de premaster. In geen enkel geval wordt er een uitzondering gemaakt.

Q: Hoe lang is de uitslag van het assessment geldig?
A: De uitslag van het assessment is 1 jaar geldig.

Q: Zijn er kosten verbonden aan het assessment?
A: Ja, de kosten voor deelname aan het assessment zijn € 110,-. Na aanmelding restitueren we die kosten niet, ook niet als je later besluit niet deel te nemen aan het assessment of de opleiding. Zonder betaling van het assessment kun je niet starten met de opleiding.


Studiefinanciering, OV-studentenkaart en kosten

Q: Heb ik gedurende de premaster recht op studiefinanciering, een studentenlening en/of een OV-studentenkaart?
A: Voor vragen over studiefinanciering, studentenlening en/of OV-studentenkaart kan je contact opnemen met DUO (IB groep).
Mogelijke benodigde informatie: premaster studenten staan op dit moment ingeschreven als bachelorstudent met * (ster).

Q: Hoe hoog is het collegegeld voor de premaster?
A: Je betaalt voor een premasterprogramma van ten hoogste 30 EC een vergoeding van € 953 indien je beschikt over een EER- of een niet-EER-nationaliteit. Er is geen restitutie mogelijk wanneer je bent ingeschreven in de Premaster en je stopt eerder met de opleiding. Meer informatie over collegegelden.


Voorlichting en introductie

Q: Wanneer zijn de open dagen voor de premaster?
A: Voorlichting over de premaster wordt gegeven gedurende de mastervoorlichtingsdagen. Voor data waarop deze plaatsvinden, kun je het beste onze website in de gaten houden: voorlichtingsactiviteiten.  

Q: Is het mogelijk een dag met de premaster mee te lopen?
A: Dit is zeker mogelijk. Je kunt je hiervoor aanmelden. Een van onze studenten neemt dan contact met je op om een afspraak te maken voor de meeloopdag.

 

Q: Wordt er een introductiedag georganiseerd voor de premasterstudenten?
A: In de week voorafgaand aan de start van het nieuwe studiejaar, is er een introductiedag. Hierover krijg je in augustus meer informatie.

 

 


ContactPhoneEmail
Master coordinatorDr. Colleen Doak+31 20-5983502masterhealthsciences.falw@vu.nl
Assistant Master coordinatorSuleyman Rabbanimasterhealthsciences.falw@vu.nl
Premaster coordinatorDr. Colleen Doak+31 20-5983502premaster.gw.falw@vu.nl
Assistant Premaster coordinatorSuleyman Rabbanipremaster.gw.falw@vu.nl
Coordinator of specialization


Policy and Organization of Health careDr. Xander Koolman+31 20 59 82545x.koolman@vu.nl
Prevention and Public HealthDr. Willemieke Kroeze+31 20-5987045w.kroeze@vu.nl
Infectious Diseases and HealthDr. Colleen Doak+31 20-5983502c.m.doak@vu.nl
Nutrition and HealthDr. Margreet Olthof+31 20 5982522margreet.olthof@vu.nl
International Public HealthDr. Dirk Essink+31 20 5987029d.r.essink@vu.nl
 

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International students

Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. If you have read the admission criteria below and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required. 

Step 1: Meet admission criteria

In order to gain admission to one of our Master’s programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score.

Specific admission requirements for the MSc Health Sciences programme:

Direct Admission for WO Bachelor’s degrees from Dutch universities in the following fields: 

  • Bachelor Health Sciences
  • Bachelor Health & Life sciences
  • Bachelor University Colleges with sufficient knowledge and understanding of epidemiology, biostatistics/qualitative research methods, public health/health sciences.
  • Premaster Health Sciences Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


For students with a Bachelor’s degree in a field related to health and/or life sciences:

Students with Dutch Bachelor degrees other than those listed above or with degrees from a university outside the Netherlands must meet the following admissions criteria:

1. Adequate knowledge in health and/or life sciences (see list of ‘Related Disciplines’ below)

2. 6 EC in Epidemiology

3. 12 EC in Biostatistics

Coursework in Epidemiology and Biostatistics must be at the university Bachelor level and must be listed on an official transcript/certificate.

Related Disciplines

  • Bachelor Human Movement Science
  • Bachelor Psychology
  • Bachelor Biomedical Sciences
  • Bachelor Medicine
  • Bachelor Nutrition and Health (Wageningen University)
  • Bachelor Gezondheid en Maatschappij (Wageningen University)
  • Bachelor Farmaceutische wetenschappen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • Bachelor Medische Natuurwetenschappen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • Bachelor Psychobiologie (UvA)
  • Bachelor Bèta Gamma met een major Biomedische wetenschappen of met een major Psychobiologie

For students with a Master’s degree in a field related to health and/or life sciences:

Students with Dutch Master’s degrees or with degrees from a university outside the Netherlands must meet the following admissions criteria:

1. Adequate knowledge and skills in health and/or life sciences (see list of ‘Related Disciplines’ below)

2. 6 EC in Epidemiology

Related Disciplines

  • Master Human Movement Science
  • Master Psychology
  • Master Biomedical Sciences
  • Master Medicine
  • Master Nutrition and Health (Wageningen University)

Coursework in Epidemiology and Biostatistics must be at the university Bachelor level and must be listed on an official transcript/certificate .

Other Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes
All students with other Bachelor’s or Master’s degree outside the field of health and/or life sciences will not be admitted.


Courses to overcome deficiencies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (taught in Dutch)
Please note: if you do not fulfill the above requirements, i.e., if these courses are not listed on your Bachelor or Master transcript, you need to take additional courses to overcome your deficiency. Courses available at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are:

Epidemiology:

  • Bachelor program Gezondheidswetenschappen
    Epidemiology & Biostatistics I: course code AB_470231
    Language: Dutch
  • Premaster program Gezondheidswetenschappen
    Epidemiology & Applied Biostatistics I: course code AP_470901
    Language: Dutch
  • Bachelor program Biomedische wetenschappen
    A 6 EC course in Epidemiology:
    course code AB_470180
    Language: Dutch

An online course in Epidemiology (and Statistics) (language: English) is also available (contact the master coordinator).   

 

Biostatistics:
Bachelor programme Gezondheidswetenschappen

  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics II: course code AB_470227 (entry requirement Epidemiology & Biostatistics I code AB_470231)
  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics III: course code AB_470228 (entry requirements Epidemiology & Biostatistics I code AB_470231; Epidemiology & Biostatistics II code AB_470227)
    Language: Dutch

Premaster programme Gezondheidswetenschappen
Courses in Biostatistics (6 EC)

  • Epidemiology & Applied Biostatistics II: course code AP_470907 (entry requirement Epidemiology & Applied Biostatistics I: course code AP_470901)
  • Epidemiology & Applied Biostatistics III: course code AP_1002 (entry requirements Epidemiology & Applied Biostatistics I: course code AP_470901; Epidemiology & Applied Biostatistics II: course code AP_470907)
    Language: Dutch

You may also take similar courses at other universities, but have to show an official certificate showing that you have passed the course. An online course in (Epidemiology and) Statistics (language: English) is also available (contact the master coordinator).

Contact

In case you wish to contact your International Student Advisor at the International Office for information or advice you need to know that no rights can be derived from the reply given by the coordinator regarding your admission. Only with the “admission email” you will be officially notified about your conditional or unconditional admission.

Language Requirements
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam also requires all applicants to take an English test. You can, however, begin your application without having the test results. Please be aware of the fact that it can take a long time to receive the results of English proficiency tests, so plan your test on time! In case you haven’t taken a test yet, we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Deadlines for submitting the test results are as follows:

Students who require a visa: June 1

Students who do not require a visa: August 30

Below you will find the minimum English test scores for theHealth Sciencesprogramme:

IELTS (academic):

  • Minimum Overall Band Score 6.5

TOEFL:

  • Paper-based test 580
  • Internet-based test 92

Cambridge English:

  • Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C
  • Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C

Please refer to the Language Requirements webpage for the general requirements regarding language proficiency.

Step 2: Prepare documents and apply online

Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.

  • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Transcript (Provide a certified translation if it is not in English)
  • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
  • A list of all the main literature used during your previous higher education
  • Thesis (or another sample of academic writing, at least 5 pages plus a list of used literature)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. Once you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email.

Step 3: Await decision on admission

The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you are admitted, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!

Step 4: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!

Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation about what to do after admission. When all conditions of your admission have been met, you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

You can read more about practical matters and starting your studies in the Netherlands in our ‘Getting Started’ guide.

Further information is also available about:

Scholarships

Accommodation

Visa

Tuition fees

There are several possibilities for obtaining funding. VU Amsterdam, the Dutch government and other organisations offer scholarships, fellowships and grants.


ContactPhoneEmail
Master coordinatorDr. Colleen Doak+31 20-5983502masterhealthsciences.falw@vu.nl
Assistant Master coordinatorSuleyman Rabbanimasterhealthsciences.falw@vu.nl
Premaster coordinatorDr. Colleen Doak+31 20-5983502premaster.gw.falw@vu.nl
Assistant Premaster coordinatorSuleyman Rabbanipremaster.gw.falw@vu.nl
Coordinator of specialization


Policy and Organization of Health careDr. Xander Koolman+31 20 59 82545x.koolman@vu.nl
Prevention and Public HealthDr. Willemieke Kroeze+31 20-5987045w.kroeze@vu.nl
Infectious Diseases and HealthDr. Colleen Doak+31 20-5983502c.m.doak@vu.nl
Nutrition and HealthDr. Margreet Olthof+31 20 5982522margreet.olthof@vu.nl
International Public HealthDr. Dirk Essink+31 20 5987029d.r.essink@vu.nl
 

For detailed questions about the Master’s programmes or the application procedure, contact your International Student Advisor at the International Office: 

Sandra van Daalen
T: +31 (0)20 59 87459
E: admissionsfels@vu.nl

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General information about VU Amsterdam

Please phone us at +31 (0)20 59 85000 (Monday-Friday 10:00 to 12:00). You may also email us at study@vu.nl.

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