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Erasmus University Rotterdam - Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES)

Short Courses

Medicine & Health (30)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (7)
Social Sciences (4)
Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Humanities (1)



Erasmus University Rotterdam is the founding organisation of the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES). NIHES was established in 1992 to further improve scientific research on determinants of diseases and health, the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare and services, and the theory and methods of health sciences.


We provide MSc, DSc, PhD and Executive Programmes at the forefront of knowledge in Health Sciences and Clinical Research methodology. We also provide tailor-made research training through the Erasmus Summer Programme, Erasmus Winter Programme and the individual courses in various disciplines.


We believe that to solve vital health issues, excellence in education and research methodology is key. We aim to inspire and guide talented students in their pursuit to become leading health professionals, professors, or pioneering scientists – those who aspire to make a difference with their research whatever their field – clinical medicine, drug research, public health or health-policy development. 

NIHES offers programmes and courses in several disciplines that mainly focus on epidemiology, health sciences and clinical research. Below you can find more information for each discipline.

  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Clinical Research
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Public Health
  • Health Economics
  • Pharmaco-Epidemiology


Student services

Throughout the year, various social activities are organised both at institute and at programme level. These activities aim to encourage social en professional contact between students, and stimulate integration between Dutch and international students, faculty and staff. For example: excursions, guest lectures, dinners, drinks, parties, etc.

Housing services

Experience has shown that students living and studying in Rotterdam spend approximately €1,000 a month. This amount is needed to cover daily expenses, meals, accommodation costs, insurance, study books etc. This estimate does not include tuition fees and unforeseen costs, and should be used as a general indication of the costs of living. How much money you will actually need depends on your life style. The costs for housing, for example, may differ considerably. Also, if you plan to travel during your stay, you will obviously need more money.

Library services

The Medical Library is located in the Education Center of Erasmus MC, building Eg on the 2nd floor.

Student Life

Campus life

The hub of Erasmus University Rotterdam is our Woudestein campus, a convenient 15-minute bike ride from Rotterdam’s city centre, including the sleek new Rotterdam Centraal train station (where you can also catch the tram or metro to EUR.) Outside of class time, students study in the light-filled new Polak building or at our state-of-the-art university library, grab a coffee at the Erasmus Food Plaza, or attend an event at the theatre or Café in de Smitse. The on-campus sports centre offers fitness, dance, spinning, squash, and tennis among many other classes.

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