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CPE Track Health Systems and Prevention

Are you interested in clinical psychosocial research with a focus on health systems, health policy and prevention? The new CPE track Health Systems and Prevention (HSP) might be the programme for you!

The HSP track is a track within the research master Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology that bridges the research focus of CPE with that of health systems, health policy and prevention. The programme is a collaboration between the University Medical Center Groningen and the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health. HSP Track students follow the basic CPE programme, but with a focus on health systems and prevention. This focus is mainly incorporated in the Master Thesis project, which for HSP students also includes an internship at a non-academic (Health) organization, the elective courses and the research meetings.

The HSP track adds an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary public health issues to this foundation, by providing interfaculty education and embedding strong bonds with the public health field in the programme. Students collaborate with national and international societal partners such as the Ministry of Health, health insurers, provinces, municipal health services, occupational health services and social security institutes. In this setting, HSP students develop skills for putting research into practice, in order to make a measurable impact on public health and to connect academic research with the practice of public health.

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 with public health top-researchers
  • Actively participate in and contribute to the aims of a non-academic (health) organization
Programme

The programme includes an interfaculty approach, a collaboration between University Medical Center Groningen and the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health. It combines medical, economic, social, psychological and demographic perspectives to public health research.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Advanced Health Systems and Prevention (4 EC)
Basics in Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (8 EC)

Basics in Psychology and Psychosocial factors & Basics in Medicine. A minimum knowledge of 4 ECTS is required for both Basics in Medicine and Basics in Psychology. Depending on the background of the student the Faculty Board decides how the Basics course programme is set up for each individual student, guided by the advice of the Admission Board.

Basics in Health Systems and Prevention (4 EC)
Clinical Epidemiology (10 EC)

Study Designs, Medical Statistics, Measuring Concepts in Quantitative Research

Master's Thesis Proposal within Health Systems and Prevention (13 EC)
Psychosocial Epidemiology (12 EC)

Health Psychology Research, Psychiatric Epidemiology, Public Health Epidemiology

The second year mainly consists of the master thesis project: data collection, data analyses and writing of the thesis. During the Master Thesis Project you will be embedded within the research group of Health systems and prevention. During the master thesis period you will also do an internship of 10 weeks at a non-academic organization related to health to get a broad view on the functioning of health systems. You will be integrated in the Aletta network by weekly meetings at the Aletta Café.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Coaching Groups (5 EC)
Master's Thesis Project within Health Systems and Prevention (39 EC)

Including an internship at a non-academic (health) organization

Research Tools (7 EC)

Scientific Literature, Scientific Integrity, Project Management, Introduction into R

Specialisation Courses (10 EC)
Writing a PhD Proposal (8 EC)

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.

Students with a Dutch diploma who would like to apply for the upcoming academic year (2019-2020), please send an email to cpe@umcg.nl

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/
  • International Baccalaureate, with English as the medium of instruction
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.

Students with a Dutch diploma who would like to apply for the upcoming academic year (2019-2020), please send an email to cpe@umcg.nl

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 March 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14650full-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.

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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
  • Developing new, evidence-based, prevention policies
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.

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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 programme for you!