EpidM has been organizing advanced Master’s courses in epidemiology since 1989.
EpidM is a part of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (E&B) at VU University Medical Center (VUmc) in Amsterdam. Teaching is carried out in partnership with the interfaculty research institute EMGO+ (the Institute for Research into Health and Health Care).
The E&B Department initiates and carries out epidemiological research in a range of settings. The department also provides support for researchers working at VUmc in the field of epidemiology and biostatistics, and it develops qualitative and quantitative methods for use in research in the fields of medicine and health science. It also includes expertise groups in the following fields: Clinimetrics, Health Technology Assessment, Systematic Reviews, Longitudinal Research, Genomics and Prediction.
Finally, the department carries out teaching within the curricula for Medicine, the Master’s programme in Epidemiology and other interfaculty Master’s programmes.
The EMGO+ is one of VUmc’s five research institutes. The EMGO+ focuses on public health and first-line care, and on long-term care.
In the autumn of 2010, the EMGO+ was visited by an international inspection committee. The committee assessed both the institute as a whole and its four research programmes as ‘excellent’.
Further information about the EMGO+ is available on www.emgo.nl.
Within EpidM, responsibility for teaching lies with EpidM’s director of studies, Professor J.W.R. Twisk, and the programme committee.
The various courses are taught by professors and senior researchers from both the E&B Department and the EMGO+. Various guest teachers are also invited to participate. These are all experienced epidemiologists and biostatisticians from a range of university and non-university research institutes.
Education and training
The EpidM programme includes:
- a Master’s Programme in Epidemiology
- ongoing additional training courses in epidemiological and advanced statistical methods
- international Winter Courses.
The teaching is designed for a wide and varied professional group including university researchers, clinical specialists, general practitioners, dentists, nursing staff, physiotherapists, practitioners of social medicine, epidemiologists, workers in regional or municipal public health services, as well as consultancy firms, health education workers, prevention workers and health insurers.
The Master’s Programme is a 2,5 years, part-time programme of 60 EC. The theoretical part (30 EC) consists of six compulsory courses and four optional courses. The programme also includes a scientific internship (30 EC).
The Master’s Programme trains postgraduates from a range of disciplines (Medicine, Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences etc.). It focuses on applied research in primary care and public health. The programme provides the methodological tools for evidence-based medicine and evidence-based health policy. The students taking part in the programme are researchers (including PhD students) and professionals working in the health services field. They often combine their work (including clinical work) with research activities. The research that they carry out at their place of work represents their scientific internship.
The Master’s Programme is a 2,5 years, part-time programme of 60 EC.
EpidM also organizes courses for additional and ongoing training in the field of epidemiology and biostatistics.
These courses are suitable for students who wish to extend and improve their knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistics.
Since January 2013, EpidM also organizes international Winter Courses. These Winter Courses are designed especially for participants from outside the Netherlands.
The EpidM Winter Courses enable epidemiological researchers to enhance their knowledge and skills in advanced methodology.