Online Master's Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health

Gain expertise in studying the connections between dietary intake, nutritional status, and health outcomes. We equip future epidemiologists with the skills to conduct observational and intervention studies, leading to innovative disease prevention and health promotion approaches. Explore the aetiology of diet-related diseases, preventive strategies, and curative treatments. Through epidemiology, enhance your understanding of maintaining good health, quantifying the impact of public health interventions, and influencing individual and environmental outcomes.

Register now for our MSc Epidemiology program and embark on a transformative journey in Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research

Check out the requirements and register for this programme.

Why this programme?

  • Study part-time and fully online.
  • Become an epidemiologist in observational and intervention studies to find novel ways of preventing disease and promoting health.
  • Study the aetiology of diet-related diseases and the strategies for prevention in the community setting.
This is the right time to come back to what I always dreamt: improve people’s lives. This program will help me to do it from now on
Former student Online master's Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health

Programme Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health

This online master's specialisation is designed as a part-time study. The approximate workload is 20 hours per week and gives the student the flexibility to combine work and study. The programme is therefore also suitable for employees who want to continue their education in the sense of life-long-learning.

The general structure is a 2 year part time course-programme followed by a tailor-made internship and master's thesis agreement of 1 or 2 years.

Our team of researchers and teachers here at the Wageningen University offer you to build up a strong theoretical background.

We will train you to become acquainted with the latest scientific methodologies. We have a fixed number and order of courses in our online master. When you choose this master you will specialise yourself through:

  • Several courses in epidemiology, by understanding what is epidemiology but also how to carry out a thorough data analysis on epidemiological data.
  • To understand this, you need a course in statistics to provide you with a good basis.
  • You will also gain knowledge in how to assess and evaluate dietary intake and nutritional status.
  • You will gain knowledge on nutritional physiology and how to carry out a randomized controlled trial.
  • You will get insight on the role of diet, lifestyle and body composition in the prevention and progression of cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus and its treatment.
  • And last but not least you will be introduced to the public health cycle which is a planning model used by professionals in the field of public health in order to plan, implement and evaluate policies and programs.

Student experiences

"It was nice to collaborate with people with different backgrounds and ambitions. The content of the courses is very diverse, ranging from physiology to policy and statistics. Due to different pre-education, some courses are easier for some students than others, but we were able to help each other via the online discussion platform. Also, there is a lot of interaction with the course moderators. Despite the distance, lecturers and programme staff are always there for you when you have questions."
Aveline Hijlkema

Future career

Graduates from the master's Nutrition and Health greatly value the research skills they acquired in the programme. After graduation, many of them begin working as researchers or PhD students. Another group becomes advisors, trainers or take up other jobs in the private sector.

The majority of graduates finds employment at universities (including university medical centres), research institutes (TNO Nutrition or RIVM), in the public sector (national, regional and local governments, Netherlands Nutrition Centre, District Health Authorities, World Food Programme, WHO, FAO) and some find employment in companies involved with nutrition and health. As graduates progress in their careers, they usually advance to a (more) managerial level. Graduates work in both developing and developed countries.

Practical information

Application and admission

You need to meet specific admission criteria if you want to apply. 

WUR week

While this master's program is conducted entirely online, there is one
exception: the WUR Week. In your second year, we arrange a week-long event in
Wageningen, where all students from your cohort gather. This exhilarating week
offers opportunities to meet fellow students and researchers in person. You
will engage in discussions about potential thesis projects, collaborate with
your peers, and explore the campus. Additionally, we will provide guided tours
of notable companies on campus, such as Unilever.

Tuition fees

The programme’s tuition fees depend on your nationality. EU-students pay the statutory tuition fees just like the University’s on-campus students. Non-EU students get a 50% reduction of the regular on-campus tuition fees for Non-EU/EFTA students outside Europe.

Meet us

Get in touch with one of the representatives of Wageningen University & Research. 

Check out the requirements and register for this programme.