Can mindfulness support people in dealing with chronic disease? What is the relationship between depressive symptoms and cardiovascular disease? How do people function at work having survived cancer? If you find yourself interested in the answers to these questions, then check out the research master Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (CPE)!
“There is no health without mental health”, Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban-Ki Moon famously stated. Psychological and social factors have a major influence on healthy and active ageing ( ‘Healthy Ageing’). Mental problems are responsible for 13 per cent of the total disease burden worldwide. Considering our own experiences, most of us will know someone struggling with their mental health, and the number of people with mental health problems continues to rise. This puts enormous pressure on the individuals and families affected as well as on the wider socio- economic system.
CPE - what is the program about?
The English-taught (2-year) advanced research master Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology focuses on the reciprocal relationship between the psychological condition of adults and children and their physical health. The program works on the basis of an integrated approach in which the idea that psychological, biological and social aspects all play a role in any physical condition is central. Research within the CPE program is problem-based and patient-oriented and focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems. The CPE program is characterized by its focus on individual development. Lessons are always given in small groups and you will also have the opportunity to choose additional courses to suit your particular interests and aspirations.
This two-year research master focuses on the reciprocal relationship between the psychological and physical health of adults and children. The central idea is that psychological, biological and social aspects all play a role in any physical condition. You will be encouraged to engage in research throughout the programme where a strong focus lies on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of somatic and mental health problems. Moreover, CPE is situated in the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), which means that you can benefit from a unique and interesting clinical setting. Classes are taught in small groups by leading scientists. You will have the opportunity to choose additional courses to suit your particular interests. Your individual development as a researcher is central to the programme.
Apart from broadening your knowledge in the field of health and the determinants of health, you will explore the fields of Public Health, Health Psychology, Community and Occupational Medicine, and Psychiatric Epidemiology. Strong attention is given to epidemiological research methods and statistics.
You will carry out your master thesis project during the second year. This research project can function as the basis of your own PhD proposal. High-ranking students will be offered a full scholarship to continue with a three-year PhD programme at the UMCG! If you don't wish to continue as a researcher, there are plenty of other opportunities. Alumni currently work as consultants for the World Health Organization (WHO), policy officers in the government, consultants for pharmaceutical or biotechnological companies or as university teachers.