Admission requirements - Nutritional Epidemiology & Public Health

Interested in the online master's programme Nutritional Epidemiology & Public Health? Find out whether your knowledge and skills match the entry level of the programme.

This page describes the previous knowledge and skills required for admission to the Nutritional Epidemiology & Public Health programme specifically. For the additional general admission requirements of Wageningen University & Research, application deadlines and the application procedure, visit How to apply for a master's?

Are you interested in the programme, but not sure whether your background matches the stated requirements? Feel free to contact us.

Admission requirements

Required knowledge and skills

Purpose and reason for the admission requirements

The admission requirements for the online master's programme Nutrition Epidemiology and Public Health are defined in such a way that the students should be able to successfully complete the programme nominally in two years. To comply, an understanding is required of human biology, nutrition, epidemiology and/or public health. Additionally, a basis in research methodology is necessary to execute the advanced research projects in the master’s programme. The programme values a broad influx of students from different backgrounds and stages in their careers. Therefore, only two of the mentioned four topics need to be covered.

The criterion used for admission is

a WUR BSc degree in Nutrition and Health, or equivalent.

The norm for this equivalence is

An assessment of the candidate's expertise in at least two or more of the following topics:

  • Biology (Human biology)
  • Nutrition
  • Epidemiology or Public health
  • Research methodology with statistics

Not all topics mentioned need to be mastered at the same level; they will be weighed by the Admission Board per individual application.

Method of assessment whether this norm is met

  • Transcript of records displaying the content of previous course subjects and project work;
  • Curriculum vitae displaying relevant work, internship and/or project experience on an academic level in a relevant field if applicable.

Scores attributed by the Admission Board

Admitted / not admitted / admitted under condition obtaining the BSc or MSc degree / not admitted with offer of pre-master

Compensation of knowledge gaps

The Admission Board may allow and/or suggest compensation of knowledge gaps by:

  • a GPA≥7.0* for the previous education for small discrepancies as new knowledge is sufficiently easily acquired;
  • a GPA≥7.0* and an individual pre-master's programme for larger discrepancies that can be compensated in ≤30 ECTS and one year of study.

*Check the general admissions page for the International credentials evaluation guide for international equivalencies to a Dutch GPA>7.0. This guide includes compensating factors for a slightly lower GPA the Admission Board may include in their judgement.

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Additional context for admission

Admissible study programmes

Study programmes of which the graduates may meet the knowledge requirements of Nutrition Epidemiology and Public Health are for example: Nutrition Sciences, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Health Sciences, or Nutrition and Dietetics (with research focus).

Students with other degrees can be admitted based on the actual courses in their previous study programme and/or relevant work experience. Please ask the programme team for possibilities:

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