MSc Epidemiology Postgraduate Online

This globally oriented program focuses on competencies that you need as an epidemiologist: it offers plenty of attention for research but not just as a researcher - it also enables you to judge research and implement results from research.

This program starts twice a year: in February and in September. The corresponding deadline for February is the 1st of December. The corresponding deadline for September is the 1st of July.

Quick overview
  • Study anytime, anywhere 24/7
  • Core courses (20 EC)
  • Specialization courses (14 EC)
  • Research project (56 EC)
  • 14 hours per week
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The aim of the programme

The MSc Epidemiology programme is designed for professionals already working in the field who would like to further develop their research skills. The program also provides a strong foundation for scientists starting a career in clinical or epidemiological research.

The aim of the programme is to provide you with extensive knowledge and practical skills in patient-oriented research design, implementation, quantitative analysis and its application to clinical medicine and public health. The gained knowledge and skills form a solid basis for health research and disease control programs.

The online learning concept

In the master Epidemiology, you will have the unique opportunity to get your academic epidemiology degree simultaneous with a busy career and social life, as you will study part-time (14 hours per week). You receive personal guidance, interaction, and support during your study which consists of (interactive) web lectures, discussions, (group) assignments, expert sessions, quizzes and the like.

Study anytime, anywhere 24/7

Online learning in the MSc Epidemiology Postgraduate Online programme, enables you to study anytime, from any location in the world, as long as you have a working internet connection. We offer personalized online learning with lots of interaction with peer students, the E-moderator and lecturers. You will study in the Elevate learning platform. To experience maximum interaction, we advise you to log in several times per week. The platform and learning materials are accessible 24/7.

The average required study workload for the courses of the programme is 14 hours per week. You will need this time to study, to keep up with the assignments and with the course material. Note that the starting dates of courses, interim deadlines, and dates of exams are fixed, but you can choose when and where you want to watch web lectures and work on assignments. The e-moderator of the course will inform you about the beginning of the course and about deadlines during the course.

Programme content

The programme consists of core courses (20 EC), specialization courses (14 EC), and a research project (56 EC).

Core courses

You will start your MSc Epidemiology Postgraduate Online Master programme with 8 core courses (20 EC). In your first year, you will learn all about the basic concepts of epidemiology and statistics. You will also have the opportunity to improve your general academic skills, such as writing high-quality research proposals or to successfully present your academic poster at scientific congresses.

These are the core courses:

Specialization courses

During the first months of the programme, you will choose your preferred specialization track. The programme offers specialization tracks in Clinical EpidemiologyGeneral Epidemiology and Veterinary Epidemiology. In each of the tracks, you will study the required specialization courses. In addition to these courses, you will be able to choose from several elective courses to reach a total of 14 EC for your specialization track.

Research project

The research project in an individual project which is conducted within the research theme of departments and institutes from Utrecht University (UU) or University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht). A staff member of Utrecht University, the UMC Utrecht of an affiliated institute will supervise the research project. Research may cover a wide variety of topics such as human or veterinary infectious disease, cardiovascular disease, oncology, pharmacology, occupational health risk and many more topics of clinical or public health relevance. The projects may include fundamental or clinical-based research. The research project is finished by an oral presentation and by writing a scientific paper.

Further information

Do you have any questions about the contents or do you require more information on how to make the MSc Epidemiology programme fit perfectly into your personal situation? We now offer the option to take an interview with Maud Verhoef-Jurgens, PhD, programme coordinator of the MSc and PhD programmes of Epidemiology. Request your interview by sending an email to and state the questions that you would like to have answered in your email. Please make sure that you meet all the requirements for admission (see link below under Application Process) before you request an interview.

Application Process

Registration for the MSc Epidemiology Postgraduate Online programme goes through the Admission Committee of the Utrecht University. More information on the application procedure can be found on the Utrecht University website.

The next edition of this program is set to start on February 5th, 2024. The corresponding deadline to apply for this edition is December 1st, 2023. If you want to start in September, that is also possible. This program will start on 2th of September, 2024. The corresponding deadline to apply is 1st of July, 2024.


"I highly recommend the online MSc in Epidemiology to fellow learners. I could easily schedule the Program around my daily work obligations. Given the entirely online nature of the classes, I could personalize it to align with my own schedule. The MSc Epidemiology Program significantly enhanced my ability to oversee my PhD candidates effectively."
Lachmi Kodan
Gynaecologist/Obstetrician at Academic Hospital Paramaribo

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