This unique master degree programme focuses on the novel and interdisciplinary scientific domain of toxicology, molecular biology and epidemiology. Around 1520, Paracelsus stated: “All things are poison and nothing is without poison, only the dose permits something not to be poisonous.” That is to say, substances considered toxic might be harmless in small doses, and conversely an ordinarily harmless substance can be deadly if over-consumed. Paracelsus, 1493-1541
The specialization Environmental Health Sciences of the Master of Biomedical Sciences at Hasselt University is organized together with the Faculty of Sciences and focuses on three main approaches used in risk assessment: molecular and human biology, toxicology (science of poisons) and epidemiology (the science of public health). Topics that will also be addressed include global change and health, occupational health, gene-environment interactions and international policy regulations. The aim of this specialization is to achieve an understanding of the mechanisms of interaction between humans and their environment. The central theme of this curriculum is therefore to study the complex interactions between the genetic make-up of individual and environmental factors present in either food or environmental compartments that may have an impact on human health.
In view of the international profile of this degree programme, English language syllabi and textbooks are being used throughout. The block courses are based on lectures, assignments, ‘guided self study’ focusing on recent publications in leading scientific journals (journal clubs) and laboratory training in an internship. The educational team has an international and multidisciplinary profile and consists of professors and senior scientists of both Hasselt University and Maastricht University, complemented by experts from independent research institutions.
The aim of the Environmental Health Sciences specialization is to achieve an understanding of the mechanisms of interaction between humans and their environment. The central theme of this curriculum is therefore to study the complex interactions between the genetic make-up of an individual and environmental factors that may have an impact on human health.
This programme is offered at Hasselt University in cooperation with Maastricht University.
Students learn how to obtain new scientific knowledge in the field of molecular life sciences and how to apply this knowledge, e.g. for prevention, diagnosis and therapy. The master programme integrates teaching and training within the scope of cross-border molecular biomedical research and the opportunity for students to participate in this ongoing research.