Our education

We contribute to the curriculum of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, which allows general practitioners and biomedical scientists to graduate with a thorough knowledge of infectious disease prevention and a rational antibiotics policy.

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Our education

Our mission is to ensure that general practitioners and biomedical scientists graduate with a thorough knowledge of infectious disease prevention and a rational antibiotics policy. That is why these subjects form an important part of the standard curriculum for these students.
We also offer Dutch and international students the opportunity to participate in a minor where they can specialize in infectious diseases if they have a particular interest in the field. These programs are available in the following subjects: Opportunistic infections, the immune response to infections of the host, and global health.

Our degree programs

These explicitly transfer our expertise in the field of infectious diseases to new, young medical professionals during their specialist degree programs.

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Our degree programs

At the Radboud university medical center for Infectious Diseases, various professionals collaborate in a multidisciplinary manner. They explicitly transfer their expertise in the field of infectious diseases to new, young medical professionals during their specialist degree programs. Infectious diseases form an important part of the degree programs for:
  • medical microbiologists
  • internist-infectious disease specialists (= differentiation year 5/6)
  • pediatric infectious disease specialists/immunologists
  • hospital pharmacists, with specific differentiation year in Infectious Diseases.
  • nursing specialists in infectious diseases

Bachelor - Master - Postgraduate

Our minor tracks

  • The focus of this minor is research in global health. You will acquire essential scientific knowledge and skills to analyze global health  issues in the field of infectious diseases, thereby linking molecular, clinical and population level aspects. You will learn to critically assess interventions that are aimed to reduce the global burden of infectious diseases and how to address these issues in low- and middle income countries. After completion of the Minor, students are able to:

    1. Critically assess molecular and biological approaches to fundamental research on infectious diseases that are of global significance.
    2. Understand the pathogenesis of certain infectious diseases and the options and limitation of infectious disease control.
    3. Apply practical knowledge on important aspects in the design of programme evaluation and clinical trials, and get hands-on experience in the handling, analysis and interpretation of research data for informing public health decisions.
    4. Apply mathematical models on the impact, costs and cost-effectiveness of HIV/AIDS control interventions; and use multiple criteria decision analysis for priority setting of health interventions
    5. Describe and analyze the main building blocks of a (national) health system and critical aspects of good health governance.


    Dr. E Spaan, Department of Health Evidence 

Our master courses

  • Description

    Microorganisms are a leading cause of disease. In this course, we will discuss different classes of microbes of medical importance. As several courses within the Microbiology MSc program focus on the biology of bacteria, we will discuss viruses, fungi and parasitic protozoa. Focusing on important representatives in each class, the biology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and prospects for vaccine development will be presented.
    The course consists of lectures, interactive lectures, self-study assignments, and group assignments. Assignments will be posted on BrightSpace.


    At the end of the course, the student

    1. has obtained insights into the field of Medical Microbiology, including diagnostics, antibiotic resistance and antibiotic stewardship, and infection control.
    2. is able to describe important characteristics of different classes of microbes that cause human disease (fungi, viruses, and parasites).
    3. understands important concepts in transmission, pathogenesis, vaccine development, therapy and drug resistance.
    4. can describe the life cycles of major classes of viruses.


    This part is mandatory for students of the MSc track “Microbiology” within the MSc program Medical biology. There is room to place additional students from other programs (up to a total of 30 students).


Our postgraduate courses

  • The Center of Expertise in Mycology of Radboud University Medical Center / Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital together with the Foundation Atlas of Clinical Fungi will organize a hands-on course on fungal identification.

    This course is specially designed for lab technicians, but also other workers in lab diagnostics may wish to attend. Background of fungal classification will be explained in detail, with both theoretical and practical sessions. The relevant fungi will be shown, and brief introductions will be provided into other diagnostic techniques, such as PCR and Maldi-tof. A special session will be devoted to susceptibility testing. The course will be didactic in such a way that no special mycological background is required. The one-week course will terminate with an examination and certificate. Lectures will be given by Hein van der Lee, Sybren de Hoog and Paul Verweij.

    Read more about the International Course Identification of Medical Fungi