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Why join a NIHES Google Hangout?

Students are often overloaded with information when looking for an academic programme that suits them best. We want to make this process more simple and personal. The NIHES Google Hangout provides new and prospective students with the opportunity to join us in a group conversation, with our student adviser and a current student, to gain more insight in what NIHES has to offer. We will provide you with more detailed information about our MSc, DSc, PhD and Executive programmes, and our students can give you their personal insights about living and studying in Rotterdam, as well as other practical issues. read more

NIHES-Erasmus MC to cooperate with Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

Rotterdam, the Netherlands – August, 2015

To further academic cooperation in the field of medicine and the health sciences, the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences of Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam (NIHES-Erasmus MC) and the School of Public Health (SPH), Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology have signed an International Academic Agreement. NIHES and Huazhong Univeristy intend to exchange post-graduate students, academic staff and researchers, and collaborate in research areas of mutual interest.


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Koos Lubbe, Managing Director NIHES, Prof. Oscar Franco, Deputy Science Director NIHES, Prof. An Pan, Professor at SPH, Bianca Knotter, International Relations Officer NIHES

NIHES Study Guide 2015-2016 version 2 online

The study guide has been updated. Important changes can be found on page 1 of the guide.

This guide will help you find your way in our research training programmes: more information on the schedules of every specialisation and your research project. And of course the general information on studying at NIHES.

Study Guide 2015 – 2016 version 2

Final Call for International Master Applications!

Join NIHES-Erasmus MC’s Research Master programmes in Health Sciences. NIHES offers you a once in a lifetime study opportunity, combined with a hands-on research experience!

The Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES) at Erasmus MC is now offering a last chance to apply for one of their Master of Science programmes in Health Sciences, specializing in either Epidemiology, Clinical Epidemiology, Genetic Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Economics or Pharmaco-Epidemiology.

International students must submit their online application before the deadline of 2 April 2015.

All students interested in applying for a Master programme should carefully consider the following application steps:

Who can apply?

Please find more detailed information on the admission requirements on the links provided below:

How do I apply?

The following steps in the application procedure have been carefully mapped out for you. Please find this information at: Application Procedure Step by Step

Note: It is important that the online application form is filled in as soon as possible so your application can already be processed.

  1. Preparing your application
  2. Completing your online application form. Complete this as soon as possible.
  3. Preparing your application package
  4. Submitting your application
  5. Assessment of you application
  6. Outcome of the assessment

5 things NIHES wants to know about you!


NIHES is currently in the process of renewing its website, and is very curious to know which features of an academic website are extremely important to you.

Take 2 minutes to fill in this very short survey, and help us build a website that fits your needs the best.

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Oscar H. Franco assigned as Deputy Science Director of NIHES

The Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES), Erasmus MC, proudly announces its Deputy Science Director, Professor Oscar H. Franco. As from 13 January 2015, Professor Franco was assigned by the NIHES Board to fulfill the role of Deputy Science Director, with intentions to strengthen NIHES as a center of excellence for scientific research and education on a global scale.


About Oscar Franco

Oscar H. Franco currently works as Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Department of Epidemiology, Erasmus MC, where he’s also the PI of the cardiovascular epidemiology group. Furthermore, Professor Oscar Franco is founder and director of ErasmusAGE; a new intergenerational ageing research center looking at the impact of lifestyle on ageing across the life course, founder and CEO of EER (Erasmus Epidemiology Resources) and newly assigned Deputy Science Director of NIHES.

Professor Franco trained as MD at Javeriana University, Colombia. Afterwards he moved to the Netherlands where he completed an MSc and a DSc in Clinical Epidemiology with NIHES (Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences) together with a PhD and a post-doc in cardiovascular disease prevention and public health at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. After this he moved to the UK where he worked for Unilever as senior public health epidemiologist, the University of Warwick as assistant professor in public health and the University of Cambridge as clinical lecturer in public health. Also in the UK he completed a 5–years clinical training in public health.

Professor Oscar Franco has been awarded the national Dutch public health prize of 2005. He is a fellow of St Edmunds’ College at the University of Cambridge, UK; fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC) and fellow of the English Faculty of Public Health (FFPH). Professor Oscar Franco has published over 200 articles in international journals.

Maryam Kavousi wins ‘For Women in Science’ award


On 26th of November, at the Royal Dutch Academy of Science, our very own Maryam Kavousi received the UNESCO Fellowship Award “For Women in Science’ as one of the two outstanding female researchers in the Netherlands for 2014.

Maryam received this prestigious award for her research on the risk factors involved in predicting the risk of cardiovascular disease in women.

By awarding these scholarships each year L’Oréal and UNESCO wish to encourage excellent female scientists to climb to the top of their field of expertise. Especially in the Netherlands, since only one out of the six professors is a woman.

NIHES re-accredited as an ‘excellent’ research school

NIHES has been tremendously successful in the past years and this was strongly acknowledged by a visit earlier this year by an International Peer-Review Committee as part of the re-accreditation procedure by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

According to the Review Committee, the core of NIHES consists of an outstanding research and teaching programme, meeting the highest international standards. The Committee considers NIHES to be ‘excellent’. The research school is internationally very competitive. It has multiple international collaborations with some of the best universities, research groups and researchers in the world.

NIHES’ teaching programme is internationally acclaimed. It offers a rich environment with many opportunities for excellent multidisciplinary research and comprehensive and high quality education.  The Committee also acknowledged that NIHES has outstanding MSc programmes, an observation which was reinforced by the PhD students who place great emphasis on the value of their MSc degree.
To conclude, the Review Committee found the prevailing quality of work in NIHES to be exceptional. Almost all of the research departments scored as excellent, with research meeting the highest standards internationally.

NIHES re-accreditation report (in Dutch)

Start the New Year on top, with the latest insights in Women’s Health

Upcoming 26th of January 2015, the latest edition of NIHES’ Women’s Health course will kick off, offering three days of pioneering lectures by world-renown experts.

Attend this 3-day course together with other specialists from around the world to bring yourself right up to date in all dimensions of Women’s Health.

Interested to find out what the course has to offer you? Check out the programme.

APPLICATION DEADLINE 9th of January 2015

Science without Borders Undergraduate Call 2015 now open!

Join the NIHES – Erasmus University Rotterdam’s one year research-training programme in the Health Sciences! This programme has been tailored to the Science without Borders undergraduates, preparing you for a thriving career in international research!

This specialized programme focuses on study design, biostatistics, and clinical epidemiology. It also addresses the principles of research in medicine and epidemiology; clinical decision analysis; methods of public health research; markers and prognostic research; the practice of epidemiology analysis, and health economics.

“If you share our dedication to health and wish to join the international community of health scientists, you’re welcome! NIHES will give you a wonderful opportunity to make a contribution to outstanding research.”
– Professor Albert Hofman, NIHES Science Director

The programme is open to Science without Borders scholars in the last years of their undergraduate studies. It starts on August 10, 2014, and lasts 12 months. NIHES-Erasmus University Rotterdam offers you a once in a lifetime study opportunity, combined with a hands-on research experience! Don’t let it pass you by, apply now!