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Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology

How can intervention prevent burnout in medical students? Can mindfulness support patients in dealing with chronic disease? How can we predict obesity in young children?

Do you want to find the answers to these types of questions and are you interested in conducting research in the fields of epidemiology, public health, health psychology, or psychiatry with a strong focus on mental and physical health?

Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (CPE) is a selective two-year research master that was rated first in its category in the Dutch Higher Education Guide 2017! The programme is unique in the sense that students are encouraged to focus entirely on their individual development as a researcher. Therefore, classes are taught in small groups. Students can choose additional courses that suit their personal interests and moreover, research will be conducted side by side with scientists who are leading experts in their field.

Mental and physical health and the reciprocal relationship between these two form the basis of the programme. There is a strong focus on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental health conditions. The central idea is that psychological, biological and social aspects all play a role in any physical condition. Students conduct research in several populations, including children, adults and elderly, with or without a physical or mental condition.

You will be encouraged to engage in research throughout the programme. Moreover, CPE is situated in the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), which means that you can benefit from a unique and interesting clinical setting and a unique availability of large data cohorts.

How can intervention prevent burnout in medical students? Can mindfulness support patients in dealing with chronic disease? How can we predict obesity in young children?

Do you want to find the answers to these types of questions and are you interested in conducting research in the fields of epidemiology, public health, health psychology, or psychiatry with a strong focus on mental and physical health?

Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (CPE) is a selective two-year research master that was rated first in its category in the Dutch Higher Education Guide 2017! The programme is unique in the sense that students are encouraged to focus entirely on their individual development as a researcher. Therefore, classes are taught in small groups. Students can choose additional courses that suit their personal interests and moreover, research will be conducted side by side with scientists who are leading experts in their field.

Mental and physical health and the reciprocal relationship between these two form the basis of the programme. There is a strong focus on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental health conditions. The central idea is that psychological, biological and social aspects all play a role in any physical condition. Students conduct research in several populations, including children, adults and elderly, with or without a physical or mental condition.

You will be encouraged to engage in research throughout the programme. Moreover, CPE is situated in the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), which means that you can benefit from a unique and interesting clinical setting and a unique availability of large data cohorts.

Are you highly motivated to become a top-researcher and learn all the scientific methods to get unbiased answers to your questions? Would you describe yourself as curious, critical and inquisitive? Are you an analytical thinker who is able to translate complex problems into 'to the point' and testable hypotheses and do you have an affinity with statistical analysis methods? Then the top rated research master Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology is just the programme for you!

Are you highly motivated to become a top-researcher and learn all the scientific methods to get unbiased answers to your questions? Would you describe yourself as curious, critical and inquisitive? Are you an analytical thinker who is able to translate complex problems into 'to the point' and testable hypotheses and do you have an affinity with statistical analysis methods? Then the top rated research master Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology is just the programme for you!

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  • Testimonial van Manon Schallig

    'Fascinating how the brain and mind work'

    Dutch student Manon Schallig joined the research master Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (CPE) after completing the bachelor Human Movement Sciences. ‘The subjects I liked best – psychology and medicine – form the base of CPE.’

    Also appealing to her: the fact that the programme is small-scale and top researchers share their knowledge on the reciprocal relationship between the psychological and physical health. ‘There are sixteen students of ten different nationalities in my year. The professors and researchers that teach us, encourage us to share ideas and to do background research on our own initiative. With success. Every student is motivated and involved.’

    Top research
    The master track CPE trains students to become top researchers. Each one of them will explore the fields of Public Health, Health Psychology, Epidemiology, and Psychiatry. Within these four fields, Manon will have the choice to apply to divergent research projects. ‘In January the Principal Investigators will submit a list with projects to apply for. My aim is to participate in the research programme of Interdisciplinary Centre Psychopathology and Emotion regulation or the department of Psychiatry, where Clinical Neuropsychology is a topic as well.’

    Psychotic disorders
    ‘It fascinates me how a small dissimilarity in someone’s brain, can cause an emotional and psychological “malfunction” of some kind,’ Manon explains. ‘Psychotic disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorders are quite common. For healthy people it’s hard to imagine what this mental disorder means, because it is intangible.’

    Functions of the brain
    The twenty-three-year-old student is also enrolled in a second master programme: Clinical Neuropsychology, which is focussed on the associations between the brain and neuropsychological functions like cognition, emotion and behaviour. ‘Dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease is a terrible disease but unfortunately also common. My upcoming internship and thesis will focus on the relationship between Alzheimer’s dementia and disease insight.

    To PhD or not to PhD
    At the end of the master thesis project, Manon will have written a PhD-proposal, which could give her access to a PhD-position at any top institute. ‘I don’t know yet if that’s my future, there are plenty of CPE alumni that choose another path,’ she says. ‘Moreover, it’s somewhat of a misconception that you are only admitted for CPE when you are a straight A-student aiming to do a PhD. The commitment and motivation you show in the admittance interview and during the master track can outweigh your grades.’

    Sluiten
    – Manon Schallig
  • Testimonial van Rena Bakker

    'I work on what matters to me'

    At the time of this interview, 24-year old Rena Bakker is busy packing her suitcase for Ethiopia. As part of her thesis in the master's programme Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (CPE), she is going to collect data among midwifery students in order to evaluate their stance on disrespectful maternity care in the field. 'The fear of it being mistreated plays a huge role in the maternity mortality in Ethiopia.'

    Western Europe has one of the best medical health care systems in the world when it comes to safe and respectful treatment by medical staff. Pregnant women commonly seek maternity care, with almost no exceptions. ‘In Ethiopia however,’ Rena Bakker explains, ‘only twenty to thirty percent of mothers-to-be visit a medical professional. Most women go into labour unsupervised, which causes huge risks for mother and child.’

    Abuse
    Is a slap on the thigh encouraging when a woman does not push enough? Is shouting and yelling acceptable if a woman does not collaborate? Is it okay for a nurse to give a 16-year-old a reprimand for having an abortion? And what if it’s the second time for the girl? ‘There are seven major categories of disrespect and abuse that childbearing women encounter during maternity care, thus is the conclusion of research by Bowser and Hill performed in 2010. These categories are processed as scenarios in my questionnaire. I hope to get 400 midwifery students to participate. In particular, I am interested in assessing differences between male and female respondents. The results can be relevant for improving their education.’

    Reproductive health
    Rena Bakker isn’t new to Ethiopia. During her bachelor studies in Psychology in Groningen, she ends up working there. ‘This internship sparked my enthusiasm for working in the field of developmental aid.’ After finishing her bachelor’s degree, Rena Bakker completes another internship in the healthcare branch of international development cooperation. Back in Groningen she enters the CPE-master’s programme, where her mentor introduces Rena to Jelle Stekelenburg, professor Obstetrics & Gynaecology with years of experience working in third world countries. ‘CPE enabled me to get in touch with these people. But you still have to be motivated to do a lot on your own,’ she says. ‘Most of the preparations for my research and corresponding travel and data collection aspects are done by myself. In my opinion it is a good thing that students are able to do hands-on research if they are motivated enough.’

    Groningen
    How does she look back on her time in Groningen? ‘With all their different educational backgrounds, everyone in the master’s programme has their own speciality. We are all very motivated and ambitious. That creates a good environment and an easy way to make friends. Also, Groningen is an enjoyable city to live in, I keep on coming back to it.’

    Sluiten
    – Rena Bakker
Feiten & Cijfers
Titel/Graad
MSc in Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (research)
Croho code
60399
Type opleiding
Onderzoeksmaster
Voertaal
Engels (100%)
Duur
24 maanden (120 ECTS)
Start
SeptemberSeptember
Vorm
voltijd
Faculteit
Medische wetenschappen
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