Bachelor in European Public Health


Program Description

European Public Health

Are you interested in health sciences, healthcare, and wellness? But also in national and international politics, administration and management, policy and strategy, communications and media? The bachelor's program in European Public Health (EPH) might be for you.

In European Public Health, it’s about preventing disease and promoting healthy lifestyles for all Europeans with clear European policy.

You’ll learn to bridge the gap between health sciences and national and European public health policy. You’ll also develop the skills you need to work in governmental or healthcare-related organizations, or in EU or WHO units, in positions such as a policy advisor, health officer or prevention specialist.


Fast facts

  • Unique in Europe.
  • Public health & healthcare in a European context.
  • International study experience: international classmates, excursion in Europe, minor and internship abroad.
  • You direct your education, development, and growth.
  • Honors program for further deepening.
  • For a career at a government or health-related organization.
  • 3-year, full-time bachelor's, taught in English.
  • Starts in September.

Why this program?

How do we prevent a virus from becoming an epidemic? How do we formulate a policy on patients receiving treatments abroad? The role of the EU is only going to grow in the coming years, also in the healthcare sector. This affects the way we approach the themes within public health and healthcare. National policy is only effective if it’s also coordinated with international authorities.

European Public Health (EPH) is about preventing disease and promoting healthy lifestyles for all Europeans with clear European policy - because diseases, pathogens and other factors that influence health aren’t stopped by borders.

This program is the only program of its kind in Europe. It is also very internationally oriented. From the first day, you’re part of an international study environment in which you work with students from all over the world (at least 20 different nationalities).

Is European Public Health 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.

Public health and healthcare in a European context

During the bachelor's in European Public Health, you’ll study regional, national and international developments in public health and healthcare within the EU. You’ll learn about the various aspects of public health policy and the steps that are taken toward a "New Public Health" across Europe. The study is practice-oriented and involves topics such as:

  • The organization of healthcare in Europe: the form, function, and location of national healthcare-related programs 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.

International study experience

The international collaboration, organization, and management in the areas of public health and healthcare are important for the future of Europe and her inhabitants. The program is therefore internationally oriented. It is also the only program of its kind in Europe. From the start, your education will resemble an international working environment, where you’ll come into contact with a diverse range of students and instructors from all over the world.

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 direct your education, development, and growth

As an EPH student, you're responsible for your education, your development, and your personal growth. This is called Active and Self-Directed Learning (ASDL). ADSL is a practical method that encourages you to work critically, independently and autonomously.

You decide what needs to happen. This could be writing an essay, organizing a symposium, conducting interviews or taking courses at other faculties - as long as it helps you on the way to becoming a professional.

ASDL employs a variety of educational methods, including:

  • Project-based tutorial groups
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Skills training
  • Role-playing
  • Excursions
  • Presentations

Collaborating on real problems

Collaboration is as important as independence. You will often work in tutorial groups of 10-14 students, seeking practical solutions to real-world problems. Instructors act as facilitators, giving help when and where it is needed. You’ll work in many different areas and will take on various roles in your group. Together, you’ll work to find solutions to problems that healthcare professionals are facing today.

Example of an EPH challenge

The Public Health Service in Aachen (Germany) informs the Public Health Service in South Limburg of a case of open tuberculosis relating to a 39-year-old electrician from Lithuania. The electrician works for a highly-specialized electrical engineering company and has recently completed jobs at hospitals in Aachen, Maastricht, and Liege.

Further investigation reveals that he frequently travels by train and bus to his work. Three days later, the second notification of a case of open tuberculosis is received, this time in a train commuter from Maastricht.

Within this challenge, you'll look at a number of questions to help you analyze the complexity of the spread of disease:

  • How does TB spread?
  • What are the risk factors?
  • What national and international measures can and should be taken to prevent the spread of the disease?
  • What does the curriculum look like?

Honors programs for further deepening

There are two types of honors programs, especially for talented and motivated UM bachelor students. It is an education next to your regular courses, also called 'extracurricular'.

Such as the faculty Honors program that is only for second- and third-year bachelor's students of the FHML. As an FHML honors student, you do electives, workshops, and lectures on recent developments in healthcare, medicine, and life sciences. In addition, other disciplines are also covered, such as sociology, history, and philosophy. And you work on a research project that is linked to a request from a healthcare company or institution.

In addition to the faculty Honors program, you also have the university-wide honors program MaRBLe. This program focuses primarily on research and is a good preparation for a career as a scientific researcher or a research position in business.

Your future

As a European Public Health graduate from Maastricht University, you'll have many options open to you. After finishing the bachelor's degree in European Public Health, most of our graduates immediately enroll in a master's program. Though some graduates decide to explore the job market before continuing with their education.

Master's programs

The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University offers the following master’s programs for European Public Health graduates:

  • Epidemiology
  • Governance and Leadership in European Public Health
  • Global Health
  • Healthcare Policy, Innovation, and Management
  • Health Education and Promotion
  • Research Master in Health Sciences
  • Work, Health and Career

With a bachelor’s degree from Maastricht University, you can also continue with a master’s program at another university in the Netherlands or abroad. However, additional admissions requirements may apply.

Where can you work?

Graduates work for a variety of organizations, including:

  • Local, regional, national, and European governments
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Insurance companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • International organizations
  • Universities
  • Hospitals

Admission requirements

The admission requirements for academic year 2019/20 for the bachelor’s program European Public Health depend on your prior qualifications. Please check below which requirements apply to you.

Prospective students with a Dutch diploma

You are directly admissible if you have one of the following diplomas:

  • Dutch vwo diploma, new style, all profiles.
  • Dutch vwo diploma, old style, preferably with mathematics.
  • Hbo propedeuse, or bachelor’s degree, preferably with mathematics.
  • O.U. propedeuse, preferably with mathematics.

Prospective students with a non-Dutch diploma

  • If you have a non-Dutch diploma that is equivalent to the Dutch vwo diploma you are, in principle, admissible to this program.
  • If your diploma is not included in this list, it must be evaluated by UM first.

Prospective students with a non-equivalent non-Dutch diploma

If you have a non-Dutch diploma that is not equivalent to the Dutch vwo diploma, then you may be eligible for the Foundation Program. This is a one-year, full-time program that prepares motivated international students to be eligible for a bachelor’s program at Maastricht University.

Prospective students who do not meet the admission requirements

If you do not meet the requirements, you can still qualify by passing the entrance exam (colloquium doctum exam). You should at least be 21.

Alternatively, you may be eligible for the Foundation Program.

The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) at UM does not organize a colloquium doctum exam, but the Board of Examiners can issue a colloquium doctum certificate. To qualify for this certificate you have to prove your command of the English language and mathematics at vwo level by means of certificates in these two subjects.

You can send the certificates to The FHML will then send you the colloquium doctum certificate. This certificate proves that you master the two subjects and based on that, you could be admitted to the bachelor’s in European Public Health at Maastricht University.

You have to arrange to obtain the certificates yourself.

  • If you only need to take the preliminary mathematics exam, we refer to CCVX (Dutch)
  • You can take mathematics courses at Bowell-Beta (Dutch)
  • For English language courses, we refer to Babel (Dutch)
  • Or take a language course at the UM-language center

Upload in MyUM

You must upload the colloquium doctum certificate in MyUM, as soon as you have received it.

You must also send a certified copy of the colloquium doctum certificate along with your contact details and a copy of your passport to:

  • Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
  • Institute for Education – Education Office
  • Att. Secretary Board of Examiners Health
  • PO Box 616
  • 6200 MD Maastricht
  • The Netherlands

Language requirements for English-language bachelor programs

As English is the language of instruction in this study program, it is essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake intensive and challenging academic courses that are taught and examined in English. A minimum level corresponding to academic IELTS 6.0 is required for this study program.

You automatically meet the language requirements for this study program if one or more of the following conditions apply:

  • You have completed a VWO (Dutch pre-university education) program.
  • You have completed your secondary education in an EU/EEA country where you have followed English up to and including the final year.
  • You have completed your secondary education in a country where English is the national language and language of instruction in education.
  • You have completed a bachelor’s or master’s study program where the language of instruction is English.
  • You have obtained an International or European Baccalaureate, a US high school diploma or UK GCE A-levels.
  • You have completed secondary education, a bachelor’s or master’s study program where the language of instruction is NOT English, however, you are able to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English, for example by English taught courses, internships or work experience in an English environment.

If none of these conditions apply, you can submit one of the following language test certificates (minimum scores between brackets). If you already have a language test certificate, we strongly recommend that you submit this certificate as part of your application.

  • IELTS (6.0)
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (550)
  • TOEFL Internet test (80)
  • TOEIC listening and reading (670) and speaking and writing (290)
  • Cambridge [First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 173-175), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade C (scale 169-172)]
  • or similar accredited certification

Please note that UM can reject your application or set additional requirements if there are reasonable doubts about your English language proficiency.


Students who are of the opinion that they have already obtained comparable subjects earlier can request exemptions. The subjects must be equivalent in terms of content, study hours and level.

A request for exemption can only be considered if you have already registered.

For more information about exemptions, you can send an email to the Board of Examiners of FHML.

(Binding) study advice

At the end of year 1 of the study program, every student receives advice on whether or not to continue his/her study. This advice is not binding. However, students must obtain a predetermined number of study credits to be admitted to the second year of the program. The number of credits that must be earned, is documented in the Education and Examination Regulations (EER) of each study program.

Admission & registration

Admission and registration for academic year 2019/20 for a bachelor's program at Maastricht University (UM) consists of the following five steps. Please read the procedure carefully and make sure to fulfill all steps in time. The deadline for this program can be found under step 1: Check the admission requirements and application and step 2: Register via

Admission and registration in 5 steps

Step one: Check the admission requirements and application deadlines - Do you meet the requirements?

When you apply, Maastricht University (UM) will assess whether your prior education makes you admissible. Therefore, it is very important that you check in advance if you meet the requirements.

You will receive a message once UM has made the decision. Additional documents may be required to assess your prior education. If so, you will receive a request by email, so please keep an eye on your inbox.

Application deadlines

  • Start September 2019
  • EU/EEA-students: up to and including 1 August 2019
  • Non-EU/EEA-students who need a visa or residence permit: up to and including 1 April 2019

Please note: in Studielink you need to choose the starting moment. Please make sure to select September 2019 in the pulldown-menu, so that you will apply for the start of the next academic year!

Step two: Register via - Create an account and select your program

Applying via Studielink

  • You can register for a study program via Studielink. In Studielink, you will have to indicate which program you would like to register for. After registration in Studielink, you should start directly with step 3: Upload your documents.
  • If you are registered in a Dutch municipality, you can only register using your DigiD. If you do not yet have a DigiD, you will need to request one. If you do not (yet) live in the Netherlands, you still register via Studielink, but you will not be able to use DigiD. Instead, you create a Studielink account yourself and UM will check your personal details.

Step three: Upload your documents in MyUM - Check which documents are required

After you have registered in Studielink, you will receive an email from Maastricht University (UM) within 24 hours. This email contains your personal student number and a password. You can use this information to access the MyUM portal, the intranet of Maastricht University.

In order to complete your registration, you need to upload the required documents (as indicated below) via MyUM as soon as possible, at least before the application deadline.

Please note: If you accidentally upload a wrong document in the MyUM portal, you can no longer remove it from your digital file. However, you can still upload the right document, but this does not replace the incorrect one. UM judges which documents are right.

Required documents:

  • A recent passport picture: The passport picture must satisfy certain requirements.
  • A copy of your valid, on 1 September 2019, passport or your EU/EEA identity card: Make a copy of the page with your personal details. Save this copy as ‘passport copy’ and not as ‘passport picture’.
  • A copy of your most recent grades transcript and a copy of your diploma if you have obtained it.

Additional required documents:

  • Copy of your language test with sufficient results (if applicable)
  • Colloquium doctum certificate

Only complete registrations will be taken into consideration. All documents must be in Dutch, English or German.

Step four: Continuation of the admissions procedure - You (conditionally) meet the requirements and your application will be processed

Please note: the admission and registration process for studying at Maastricht University has recently changed. Matching (Studiekeuzecheck) is no longer mandatory in the process and your registration can be finalized without having completed the Matching procedure.

Maastricht University finds it important that you choose a study program and learning environment which suits you well and in which you can be successful. This is why a Matching procedure is an optional part of the application process. However, you are not required to complete the Matching procedure to be admitted.

The aim of Matching is to assess whether you and your chosen program are a good match. It can help you to find out if the study program suits you.

Matching procedure European Public Health

  • You will receive an online intake questionnaire on the email address you specified in Studielink. We ask you to answer the questions in an open and honest manner.

You will receive feedback via email within two weeks. There are two kinds of feedback:​

  • You receive positive advice. You are done with the matching procedure.
  • You do not get advice yet: you will be invited for a (voluntary) interview with a study advisor. Based on this interview (which can take place via telephone or in person), the study advisor will provide you with advice.

Step five: Complete your registration - Fulfill all registration criteria and pay your tuition

After you have completed step 4, you will receive a request from Maastricht University (UM) that you need to pay your tuition fees.

Please make sure that you pay your tuition fee on time, so you can commence your study program at the beginning of the academic year.

Upload or send any documents still required

  • If any of your documents are still missing, you will receive a message about this from the Student Services Center (SSC). The documents concerned are listed in the message. Upload the requested documents as quickly as possible in the MyUM Portal, or send these by post to the SSC if that is requested.

Tuition fees

Maastricht University has a statutory and an institutional tuition fee. It depends on your situation which tuition fee you have to pay.

Study year 2019/20

  • The statutory fee for this program is: €2,083
  • The institutional fee for this program is: €10,900
  • The statutory part-time fee for this program is: Not applicable
  • The institutional part-time fee for this program is: Not applicable
Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences started on 1 January 2007. The faculty was the result of a merger between the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine.

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