The Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES), embedded within Erasmus MC, is a center for research training in Medicine and in Health Sciences. Their main objectives are to help identify determinants of health and disease, to find factors that contribute to the efficiency of health services, and to further develop methods for acquiring and interpreting medical data. This is done by pooling experts and expertise in quantitative medicine and health sciences from four research centers at key universities and institutes in the Netherlands and by collaborating with a global network of partner institutes. Furthermore, young scientists are encouraged to participate in NIHES research training programmes.
NIHES offers three Master of Science programs in Health Sciences and in Clinical Research, combining theoretical and practical research training. All graduates are educated to serve one overarching interest: people’s health. The programs start with the Erasmus Summer Programme, which is open to all students and health professionals, not only to participants in the MSc programmes. All ESP activities and options are extended in the Erasmus Winter Programme, which focuses on the basics common to all research in clinical medicine. NIHES also offers DSc programmes, as a preparation for a PhD research project.
NIHES was founded in 1992 and has become a leading international center in its field, collaborating with leading universities within EU-funded Master’s courses, joint doctorate programs, and mobility schemes. NIHES is governed by a board of five members, from different Dutch research centers. Professor Albert Hofman is Science Director and advisor of the board.