Postgraduate of Epidemiology
University of Antwerp
EUR 2,500 / per year
Earliest start date
The 2-year half-time day program is oriented toward students who already have a master's degree in a biomedical domain, have some working experience, and want to improve their skills and knowledge of epidemiology. The 60 ECTS postgraduate program is a trimmed version of the 120 ECTS Master Epidemiology (MEPI) and is integrated within the structure and expertise of the existing MEPI. One of the main differences is that the postgraduate program does not require writing a master's thesis. It also allows for a more tailored program. The student will focus on a specific field of expertise i.e. Infectious diseases or NCSDs or environmental epidemiology as compared to the MEPI.
Why choose the postgraduate of epidemiology?
- You already have a master's degree in a biomedical domain.
- You already have some working experience in medicine, biomedical sciences or public health
- You want to improve your knowledge and competencies to design and conduct epidemiological and clinical research
- You need the possibility to customize your program and to continue working
- You look for exposure to an international classroom
A passionate, dedicated, and caring team with a wide range of expertise in epidemiology supports the postgraduate program. In addition, it will be embedded within the Master of Epidemiology (MEPI), which is valued for its solid and specific profile and is unique in Flanders. The postgraduate program will have participants with diverse backgrounds, creating an inspiring and international classroom.
For whom is this program?
The program is open to professionals, PhD candidates, and postdoctoral researchers. Candidates are graduates holding a master's diploma in a biomedical field. Experience in medicine, biomedical sciences, or public health is required. Bear in mind that this program requires a half-time commitment.
The program seeks to provide the basic and advanced skills and competencies to design and conduct epidemiological research. In contrast to the master's in epidemiology, the postgraduate program does not include a dissertation.
Attention: if you are here with a student visa, you are required by law to take a minimum of 54 credits per academic year! However the postgraduate is a part-time only programme (30 ECTS).
Scholarships and Funding
Thanks to the support from VLIR-UOS, the Flemish Interuniversity Council, students from 31 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America can apply for a full scholarship to follow a Master's program at a Flemish university or university college in Belgium. We can thus provide 10 full scholarships that cover all expenses related to the Master of Epidemiology.
The VLIR-UOS scholarship includes an air ticket, visa costs (subject to approval), and a monthly allowance to cover living expenses, accommodation, course fee, and insurance.
Credits: 60 ECTS
The compulsory core courses account for 45 ECTS credits and the elective courses for a minimum of 15 ECTS credits (and are arranged into three blocks: methodological courses, specialized topics in sub-domains in epidemiology, and public health)
The students should take at least one elective course from the methodological or the public health block. It is allowed to choose elective courses from all three blocks.
Compulsory courses 45 ECTS-credits compulsory
- Classic and Modern Methods of Epidemiology 12 ECTS-credits 1E SEM
- Data Management and Statistical Software 6 ECTS-credits 1E SEM
- Research Project part 1 6 ECTS-credits 1E SEM
- Introduction to Statistics 3 ECTS-credits 1E SEM
- Classic and Modern Methods of Data Analysis 9 ECTS-credits 2E SEM
- Research Project 2 6 ECTS-credits 2E SEM
- Applied Research Methods 3 ECTS-credits 2E SEM
Elective: methodological courses
- Metrics: Exposure and Outcome Assessment 3 ECTS-credits 2E SEM
- Introduction to Qualitative Research 3 ECTS-credits 2E SEM
- Advanced Methods in Epidemiology 3 ECTS-credits 2E SEM
- Elective: topics in epidemiology
- Genetic Epidemiology 3 ECTS-credits 2E SEM
- Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases 6 ECTS-credits 1E SEM
- Clinical Epidemiology 6 ECTS-credits 1E SEM
- Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health 3 ECTS-credits 1E SEM
- Environmental Epidemiology 3 ECTS-credits 2E SEM
Elective: public health
- Public Health, Policy and Practice 9 ECTS-credits 1E SEM
Postgraduate certificate upon completion
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- The postgraduate has insight into the determinants of health and public health at local and international levels.
- The postgraduate has insight into the basics of epidemiology and public health, is familiar with the main developments in epidemiology, and learns how to perform empirical research on socially relevant and complex problems related to health and healthcare at an individual and population level.
- The postgraduate makes an independent specific contribution to high-quality and relevant epidemiological research in a multidisciplinary context (computer scientists, statisticians, health economists, policymakers, and healthcare workers, among others).
- The postgraduate has a command of relevant software for epidemiological research and analysis.
- The postgraduate translates a health problem into a scientific research question, writes a scientifically sound research proposal, and draws up a detailed data collection, management, and analysis plan.
- The postgraduate aims to contribute to a sustainable improvement of local and global health care, disease surveillance, and prevention.
- Using epidemiological expertise, the postgraduate contributes to translating research results into policy and practice in an interprofessional context.
- The postgraduate disseminates and communicates the results of epidemiological research in a scientifically correct and transparent manner to peers, policymakers, and the general public.
- The postgraduate critically reflects on their and other people's research and assumes a scientific, integer, professional, ethical attitude and pays attention to social justice and diversity.
- The postgraduate can work in a competitive environment.
- The postgraduate has developed an attitude of continuous learning that allows them to maintain their epidemiological expertise up to date for life in an independent and self-directed way.
Program Tuition Fee
After completing a master's program, you can take a postgraduate program to further expand or develop your competencies.
The goal of following such a program is often to continue professional development. Postgraduate programs can be created when there is a specific need for them in the professional field.
After completing a postgraduate program you will receive a certificate rather than a degree. This certificate will give your CV added value to the labor market.