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

Short Courses

Medicine & Health (30)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (8)
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.


NIHES consists of eight departments, seven of which are part of Erasmus Medical Center (Erasmus MC). These departments participating within NIHES collaborate and share their specialist knowledge in quantitative medical and health research:

  • Biostatistics;
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry;
  • Epidemiology;
  • General Practice;
  • Medical Informatics;
  • Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy (section of the Department of Psychiatry);
  • Public Health;
  • Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management.


Our degree programmes prepare you for research, executive and advisory positions in public health, clinical medicine, drug research, and health-policy development. They also provide an excellent starting position to undertake a PhD research project.

Whatever your ambition ― medical and public health research, or a combination of research and clinical work ― NIHES will provide you with the right knowledge and expertise!


Student services

Most courses are given at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam (Erasmus MC) or at Erasmus University Rotterdam (Woudestein Campus), other courses take place in Utrecht or Amsterdam (and sometimes at other locations in the Netherlands). NIHES participants have access to the university library, reading rooms and computer room of the Erasmus MC, as well as the libraries and reading rooms of the participating institutes.

Housing services

International students who require accommodation during their programme can be assisted by the International Office of the EUR and the Erasmus MC. 

ICT services

 Our computer facilities include e-mail, internet, programmes for word processing, databases as well as calculation and statistical programmes.

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.)

Student clubs

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.


Our short courses are accredited by the Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) as part of our Master of Science programmes

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