- How fast is the coronavirus spreading and how can we slow it down?
- What makes people sick? Certain genes? Certain behavior? Other determinants?
- How do we best diagnose diseases? What are the consequences of a disease?
- Is an effective medicine also effective when used in daily practice? How is it used?
As an epidemiologist you learn to formulate an answer to these questions. Epidemiology is the discipline which studies the occurrence of health related events and conditions in populations and attempts to make links to predictive and/or influencing characteristics. It does not focus on diagnosis and treatment, but on the factors influencing the infection and on the way diseases spread. As a result, epidemiology is closely related to the field of public health.
Epidemiologists have become indispensable in:
- the design, performance and analysis of applied medical scientific research
- the application of medical scientific knowledge in the development of public health policy
The University of Antwerp’s Master of Epidemiology is unique in Flanders.
- Focus on epidemiological methods. You will learn how to design research and which methods you can use. You will also deepen your knowledge of statistics.
- International classrooms. You will join a group of students from all over the world, with different study backgrounds. That diversity will broaden your view.
- Link with public health. In order to identify health problems in society, you must be able to conduct epidemiological research. Public health is an important area of application.
- Translate research into policy and practice. Not only research results are important. You also gain insight into how you convert those results into practice and how this can influence policy.
- Green campus and the city within reach. Your classes take place on Campus Drie Eiken. You will receive lectures in large, modern auditoria and practice your skills in well-equipped practical rooms.