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Health Sciences

2019-2020

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.

The Master (M) Health Sciences is aimed at mastering knowledge and skills in analyzing complex health or health care problems and in contributing to the development and implementation of interventions or programs to solve these problems. In the process you will learn to work in multi- or interdisciplinary teams. Our master programme distuingishes itself by offering a broad range of specialisations which encompass key disciplines in Health Sciences. The cornerstone of our vision on education is to train the expert generalists or T-shaped professional; persons with a strong foundation in methods and trained in analytical thinking by specializing in a substantive sub-field within the health sciences. This means that the five specializations (and one Midwifery Science route) enable students to focus on a specific domain of Health Sciences and to develop a specific expertise related to methodology (e.g. health economics), content knowledge (e.g. nutrition and infectious diseases, maternity care) context (Dutch or International) and application (intervention, prevention and policy).

Info

Level Master
Language English
Duration 1 years
Type Fulltime
Credits 60 EC
Faculty Faculty of Science
Health Sciences specialisation Health Policy
Description
This specialisation is intended for students with a BSc degree in Health
Sciences who want to specialise in the field of policy and organisation
of health care. The programme gives a broad overview of different
aspects of the policy and organisation of health care; health economics,
international comparisons, economic evaluations, cost-effectiveness
studies, systematic reviews and the practical implications of legal
rules and legal developments.

For a specialisation degree 2 courses and 1 out of 3 optional courses
plus one internship or research project (30 credits) are compulsory
(together at least 48 credits). The other 2 courses of the programme can
be filled in freely within the general requirements for an MSc General
Health Sciences. In research projects or internships students will focus
on one or more of the aspects in the field of policy and organisation of
health care.
Health Sciences specialisation Infectious Diseases and Public Health
Description
This specialisation is intended for students with a BSc degree in Health
Sciences who want to specialise in infectious diseases. The programme
gives a broad overview of the biology of pathogenic organisms, the
interaction between pathogens and their hosts and has a special focus on
the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases.

Students who want to follow the specialisation Infectious Diseases and
Public Health are advised to have included the course Infectieziekten
(code 471024) in their Bachelor programme. Students that do not fulfill
this requirement are advised to contact the master co-ordinator.

For a specialisation degree 3 courses (see below) plus Scientific
Writing in English and an internship within this field are obligatory
(together
at least 48 credits). The rest of the programme can be filled in freely
within the general requirements for a Msc Health Sciences programme. In
the internship students will focus on one or more of
these aspects of infectious diseases.
Health Sciences specialisation International Public Health
Description
The programme of the master specialisation International Public Health
(IPH) aims to enable graduates to obtain the knowledge and skills to
analyse complex international health problems and to identify, assess
and design interventions from an interdisciplinary perspective. The
master programme prepares graduates for a career as a scientific
researcher, policy maker, advisor or manager in the field of
international public health at a university, research institute,
ministry, industry, non-governmental or international organisation.

The Master specialisation International Public Health is a one-year
programme and consists of 60 credits. The course language is English.
For a specialisation degree 3 courses (total 18 credits) plus an
internship (total 27 credits) within this field are
compulsory.
Health Sciences specialisation Nutrition and Health
Description
The specialization Nutrition and Health is intended for students with a
BSc degree in Health and/or life Sciences who want to discover the role
of diet in health and in disease. Admission conditions can be found in
the AER of this academic year

At the start of this programme you should have basic knowledge and
insight at BSc level, and hold a professional, academic attitude. In
addition, prior knowledge and skills at the level of the BSc courses
‘’voeding en gezondheid’’ en ‘’voedingsonderzoek in de praktijk’’ are
required.

In this specialization you are trained to become a nutrition scientist.
You acquire specialized knowledge on the relation between nutrition and
health, are able to identify, and judge scientific evidence for
nutrition and health related research, and assess the implications of
nutrition research for future research and policy.
Students can choose their own focus within the programme. For example,
students can concentrate 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. Students are free to
support their focus by choosing one or two optional courses from other
programmes. Students can choose an internship project that fits their
interest. Also international internships are possible within this
programme.

In this specialization we focus on nutrition and health, but at the end
of this master’s programme the acquired skills can be applied also to
other settings/fields within Health Sciences as well.
Alumni from this programme work in different institutes, e.g. GG&GD,
TNO, RIVM, food industry, hospital, universities, university medical
centers, KIT, RIVM, WHO.

This specialization consists of some compulsory and some optional
courses as well as a research project (internship). Details can be found
in the AER of the MSc Health Sciences of this academic year.
Health Sciences specialisation Prevention and Public Health
Description
The specialization Prevention and Public Health is suitable for those
who want to specialize in health promotion and disease prevention.
Admission conditions can be found in the current AER.

At the start of this module, we expect students to master knowledge,
insight, attitude and skills at a level which is comparable to the final
qualifications stated by the Bachelor Health Sciences at the VU.
Furthermore, prior knowledge and skills comparable to the objectives of
the BSc courses ‘Preventie’ and ‘Gezondheidscommunicatie’ are required.

Within this specialization you are trained to become a health promotor
who is able to work in a theory- & evidence-based way and is able to
link research, practice and policy. The programme addresses knowledge,
attitude and skills related to the development, evaluation and
implementation of health promoting interventions aimed at lifestyle
changes in several domains. Theories, methods and strategies at both the
individual and the environmental level will be addressed. In addition,
attention is given to prevention approaches at the individual and policy
level and within different settings.

The courses within this specialization are related to the
six steps of Intervention Mapping to ensure coherence in the program.
These steps are: 1) Needs assessment, 2) Preparing matrices of change
objectives, 3) Selecting theory-informed intervention methods and
practical applications, 4) Producing program components and materials,
5) Planning program adoption, implementation, and sustainability and 6)
Planning for evaluation.

This specialization consists of some compulsory and some optional
courses as well as a research project (placement). Details with respect
to what to choose and the credits you can earn can be found in the
current AER
of the MSc Health Sciences 2017-2018.
Health Sciences general programme (without specialisation)
Health Sciences general programme (without specialisation) optional modules
Course Name Period Credits Code
Advanced Midwifery 1: Big Four P1 6EC AM_1188
Containment Strategies of Infectious Diseases in Global Context P1 6EC AM_470127
Economic Evaluation P1 6EC AM_470828
Nutrition in Health and Disease P1 6EC AM_470841
Prevention and Policy P1 6EC AM_470823
Advanced Health Economics P2 6EC AM_470843
Advanced Midwifery 2: Vulnerable Groups P2 6EC AM_1189
Advanced Statistics P2 6EC AM_470826
Disability and Development P2 6EC AM_470588
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention P2 6EC AM_470811
Health Psychology P2 6EC AM_470730
Health, Globalisation and Human Rights P2 6EC AM_470818
Parasitology P2 6EC AM_470052
Policy, Management and Organisation in International Public Health P2 6EC AM_470819
Public Health Nutrition P2 6EC AM_470815
Regulation and Organisation of Health Care P2 6EC AM_470809
Advanced Health Law P3 6EC AM_470844
Communication Campaigns and Research P3 6EC AM_470129
International Comparative Analyses of Health Care Systems P3 6EC AM_470820
Management in Health Organisation P3 6EC AM_470822
Migration, Culture, Health and Research P3 6EC AM_470813
Nutrition and Infectious Disease P3 6EC AM_470816
Prevention of Mental Health Problems P3 6EC AM_470840
Advanced Dietetics P3+4+5 6EC AM_1036