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University of Groningen - CPE track Health Systems and Prevention

Faculty of Economics and Business 

CPE track Health Systems and Prevention


Brief description of program:

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.

Structure of program:

The first year starts with solidifying your basis in psychology, medicine, health systems and prevention and epidemiology. Strong attention is also given to epidemiological research methods and statistics.

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.


Entry requirements:


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


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.

English language requirement

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:
  • International Baccalaureate, with English as the medium of instruction


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