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 Masters 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 Masters programme in Health Sciences is to provide students with knowledge and skills in the broad field of health sciences. The Masters 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:
You can choose one out of the 5 specializations:
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.
There is a growing need for versatile, all-round environmental experts who can analyse and develop solutions for local, national and global environmental change. Many of our alumni have embarked on exciting careers as researchers, consultants, NGO leaders, ministry officials, entrepreneurs or international civil servants.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university is located in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands and where English is the second language spoken. The campus is surrounded by one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands hosting over 700 companies.
With more than 23,000 students, of which 3300 are international, the university conducts cutting-edge research into problems of major societal and scientific importance. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes reflecting a strong level of involvement in current societal issues: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, to engage with society and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world. In addition Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.