European Public Health

3 Years
Start date:
1st September. For other study start dates see programme website
general higher education entrance qualification
Tuition fees:
Please see our tuition fees page
Special remark

Application Deadline: 1 May

What is this programme about

About European Public Health

European Public Health is about prolonging life, preventing disease, protecting health while promoting healthy living in a European context. The programme bridges the gap between health sciences, Europe and national Healthcare policies. European Public Health is a unique study, which offers a wide range of topics. Each course has an interdisciplinary approach to international topics ranging from disease prevention, to ethical discourses related to health. The programme is very internationally oriented. During the bachelor's in European Public Health, you’ll study regional, national and international developments in public health and healthcare within the EU.From the first day, you’re part of an international study environment in which you work with students from all over the world.

Curriculum and Overview

You’ll learn about the various aspects of public health policy and the steps that are taken toward a "New Public Health" across Europe. What makes the programme attractive is its multidisciplinary approach (as is Public Health). The first year, for example, covers topics ranging from infectious diseases to the functioning of the European Union Institutions.

“For me, the uniqueness of the bachelor's in European Public Health lies mainly with the European context included in the curriculum” (Roubitha David, student European Public Health)

The study is practice-oriented and involves topics such as:

  • the organisation of healthcare in Europe: the form, function and location of national healthcare-related programmes and institutions within the EU and beyond
  • European public health objectives: health for all; equal healthcare for all; the European patient; good governance; free movement of goods, services and capital; cross-border healthcare
  • towards an effective European public health policy: how and where we need to intervene in order to achieve our goal

During your bachelor you’ll also be encouraged to go abroad yourself. For example, you can do your minor period abroad. You’ll also finish your bachelor’s degree with a practical research internship or assignment and a thesis, and this internship can be done abroad. Of course, it is also possible to spend these periods at UM or elsewhere in the Netherlands. You will finalize your bachelor in year three with a bachelor thesis.

Problem-Based Learning

At Maastricht University, courses are taught using Problem-Based Learning (PBL). In small groups of up to twelve students, you’ll work on practical assignments that approach an international health theme from different angles. You’ll gain knowledge, and you’ll also learn how to collaborate, present and set up projects.

The bachelor programme in European Public Health employs a variety of educational methods, including:

  • project-based tutorial groups
  • lectures and seminars
  • skills training
  • role playing
  • excursions
  • presentations

During practical and research skills trainings you’ll discuss a given problem, set learning goals, study relevant literature and then meet to discuss your findings. You do this independently, but always under the supervision of a tutor.

International campus

Maastricht University (UM) is known for its international orientation. Our study programmes, too, are internationally oriented. European Public Health is taught in English and many international students are part of the student community of the programme. The small and international cohorts enrich the study programme by offering you possibilities to analyse the different public health systems in different countries. In the second and third year of the study programme European Public Health students have the chance to study abroad for a semester at one of our partner universities or do an internship. Maastricht is often said to feel like a little piece of ‘abroad’ right here in the Netherlands. Together with the many study-abroad opportunities enjoyed by our students, this makes studying at UM a truly international experience.

Is European Public Health a bachelor for you?

European Public Health is a great fit for you if:


  • you're interested in national & international politics, governance & management, policy & strategy
  • you wish to operate at the borders of health sciences, political science, public administration, economics, sociology, ethics and law
  • you're inventive and socially involved
  • you wish to collaborate with international students and professors and spend time abroad

Job and Career prospects

The flexibility of the programme insures that you can pursue many different career paths after you’ve graduated. The demand for international health specialists is increasing because the society is in need of specialists in this field.

After all, you are not only an expert in the field that you specialised in, you have also had a lot of practical training in things such as communicating, writing, presenting and collaborating with people from other disciplines.

Examples of career paths: international health consultant, prevention specialists, health policy advisor, PhD researcher, GGD policy advisor.

About Maastricht

Maastricht is one of the most beautiful and most visited cities in the Netherlands and that is no wonder. The city surprises you constantly with its mixture of 17th century mansions and ultramodern architecture. The cobblestone streets, the impressive churches and wonderful squares. More than 10 percent of the inhabitants are students, and almost half of those are international.

“Maastricht is a very cosy student city” (Eline Willems, student Health Sciences)

Since the Maastricht Treaty (1992) the city is known as the birthplace of the European Union. It is an international city that opens up to young and old, to people from all cultures and backgrounds, for students and working people.

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