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CPE Track Health Systems and Prevention

Do you want to be pioneering in research side by side excellent public health researchers and societal partners? Then the Health Systems and Prevention (HSP) track is the right choice for you!

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. So are you looking to connect high-quality academic research with the practice of public health? Apply now!

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (research)
Course type
Research master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60399
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Medical Sciences
Keuzegids Masters Top Rated Programme
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
Programme

The first year starts with solidifying the student's basis in psychology and epidemiology, as well as methodology and statistics. Moreover, the track includes the Basic and Advanced courses on Health System and Prevention. These courses aim to learn students about the role of health systems in disease prevention and health promotion, and the added value of interdisciplinary research and stakeholder engagement. Students will learn about the use of big data and open data sources, and innovative statistical techniques, like causal inferences and modeling studies, needed to conduct evaluations on population and health system level.

The programme is set up in such a way that every student will either have or develop a basic foundation of both medicine and psychology, making sure that students of all backgrounds are fully equipped to proceed with the programme (see Basic Courses).

CoursesCourse Catalog >
A. Basics Courses (8 EC)
  • Basics in Psychology
  • Basics in Medicine

A minimum knowledge of 4 ECTS is required for both basics courses. Depending on the background of the student, the Faculty Board (guided by the advice of the Admission Board) decides how the Basics course programme is set up for each individual student.

B. Clinical Epidemiology (10 EC)
  • Study Design in Clinical Epidemiology
  • Measuring concepts in quantitative research
  • Medical Statistics
C. Psychosocial Epidemiology (12 EC)
  • Health Psychology Research
  • Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • Public Health Epidemiology
D. Health Systems and Prevention (8 EC)
  • Basics in Health Systems and Prevention
  • Advanced Health Systems and Prevention
E. Master's Thesis Proposal (13 EC)

In the context of health systems and prevention.

F. Coaching Groups (5 EC)

Divided over year 1 and 2

The second year mainly consists of an academic oriented internship and the master thesis research project. The internship provides an opportunity to actively participate and contribute to the aims of a non-academic societal partner, such as the Ministry of Health, health insurers, municipal health services, occupational health services and social security institutes. The master thesis project provides ample opportunity to get deeply involved in a research topic related to Health Systems and Prevention, and to experience the daily challenges of researchers in the area of Public Health. During the master thesis project, students will choose elective courses based on their area of interest, background knowledge, and research project topic.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
A. Master's Thesis Project (39 EC)

The Master Thesis project provides ample opportunity to get deeply involved in a research topic, and to experience what is it like to be a researcher in the area of Health Systems and Prevention. Students individually choose a topic in a specific discipline of their own preference, and write a research proposal for their own Master Thesis project. Students in the HSP track are guided by an interdisciplinary team of researchers. The first supervisor is from the faculty of Medical Sciences, from one of the four UMCG research groups involved in CPE (Epidemiology, Public Health Research, Health Psychology Research, Interdisciplinary Center Psychopathology and Emotion Regulation). The second supervisor is from one of the three other faculties participating in the HSP track, i.e. Economics, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Spatial Sciences. Emphasis is on hands-on experience in undertaking translational research, resulting in a thesis and a product for knowledge transfer as outcome of the internship. This way, students gain expertise and experience in the full process of the translational research cycle. Students report about the results by writing a master thesis of a level that is comparable with the level of a scientific paper, and by developing a product (e.g. factsheet, short video, infographic) that presents the findings to the stakeholders. Although not explicitly required, it is highly recommended to submit a (shortened) version of the thesis as an article to an international peer-reviewed scientific journal.

B. Research Tools (7 EC)

Divided over year 1 and 2

  • Project Management
  • Scientific Integrity
  • Scientific Literature
  • Introduction into R
C. Writing a successful PhD research proposal (8 EC)

You will learn how to write a PhD research proposal. You have the opportunity to use this proposal to obtain a PhD scholarship at the University Medical Center Groningen

D. Elective courses (10 EC)

Divided over year 1 and 2

Study load

40 hours of class and self-study per week on average

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

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

other admission requirements

Non-EU students may apply for a scholarship for CPE. The process of obtaining a scholarship is highly selective and non-EU students will need to indicate within their letter of motivation whether they depend on a scholarship in order to be able to enrol in CPE or not. Make sure to motivate why we should select you for a scholarship.

Registration procedure

After you complete your application, the selection committee will assess whether your educational/academic background and motivation meet the specific programme requirements. If so, students will be invited to take part in an interview during which they can present their research (Bachelor thesis) and elaborate on their motivation to become a researcher. In addition, admissible students should complete and pass an online statistics test in which basic statistical knowledge is tested.

For enrollment, please note that you have to apply for the programme via Studielink. Students with a Dutch degree should, after applying via Studielink, send an e-mail to cpe@umcg.nl for further instructions about the application procedure.

You can find an overview of the entire application process and procedure here.

If you are applying with a foreign (non-Dutch) degree, please finalize your application in our Online Application System. More information about which steps to take as an international student can be found here.


Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Psychology (EN)All Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Biomedische WetenschappenAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Medicine, profile Molecular MedicineAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
GezondheidswetenschappenAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
BiologyAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Human Movement SciencesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Pharmaceutical SciencesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Medicine, profile Global HealthUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
BiologyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Econometrics and Operations ResearchUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Economics and Business EconomicsUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
PharmacyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
PsychologyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Psychology (EN)University of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interviewNo further information
entry testNo further information
language test

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) See: https://www.rug.nl/language-centre/testing-unit/english-lcet/

Please note that TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure

previous education

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

reference letter

Students need to submit one letter of recommendation by an academic or previous supervisor

written requestNo further information

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)C1
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)C2
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS listening6
IELTS reading6
IELTS writing6
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

Registration procedure

After you complete your application, the selection committee will assess whether your educational/academic background and motivation meet the specific programme requirements. If so, students will be invited to take part in an interview during which they can present their research (Bachelor thesis) and elaborate on their motivation to become a researcher. In addition, admissible students should complete and pass an online statistics test in which basic statistical knowledge is tested.

For enrollment, please note that you have to apply for the programme via Studielink. Students with a Dutch degree should, after applying via Studielink, send an e-mail to cpe@umcg.nl for further instructions about the application procedure.

You can find an overview of the entire application process and procedure here.

If you are applying with a foreign (non-Dutch) degree, please finalize your application in our Online Application System. More information about which steps to take as an international student can be found here.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
01 May 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
01 May 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 March 202101 September 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 15500full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 17500full-time

Every year, there are a number of scholarships available for non-EU students, which will be automatically be offered to the best non-EU admitted students. The scholarships are offered between March and May, after the non-EU application deadline has closed and all non-EU applicants know if they have been admitted or not.

Practical information for:

After your studies

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 care organization
Research

Research within the HSP track aims to contribute to strengthening the organization of health systems including capacities of health care professionals, to deal with the demographic and societal changes, and to protect populations at risk for adverse outcomes. In this track we focus our research in particular on the future public health challenges, for example ageing population, increasing levels of chronic disease, widening inequalities, migration and urbanization.

Examples of research questions:

  •  What are effective solutions to prevent overcrowding on Emergency Departments and how do they affect patients' health outcomes?
  •  What is the effect of sugar tax on population health outcomes, and what can explain the existing differences between regions / countries?
  •  Which components of care are needed to design and implement workplace health promotion programs in an inclusive, non-discriminatory way that benefits all (health care) workers.
  •  Do cancer patients recover better and faster after chemotherapy when they receive mobile lifestyle and medical care support compared to traditional care models? What investment is needed and how should it be financed to work synergistically with treatment?
  •  Is a country-specific investment in nutrition and lifestyle education for people with pre-diabetes effective and what is the optimal way to financially support this?
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Student profile

Do you have a background in medicine, behavioural and social sciences, economics, spatial sciences or are you in a health-related track at a university college? Do you want to expand and deepen your knowledge of Health Systems and Prevention while working at the interface between science and practice? Do you want to contribute to more healthy years locally, regionally and globally? Then the track Health Systems and Prevention is the right choice for you!