The vision of the Radboud Institute for Health Sciences graduate school is to train junior researchers who have the intrinsic ambition to improve health care / public health to become highly qualified independent health scientists. For this, we try to create an environment in which it is obvious for PhD candidates that a project is not only a vehicle to write a PhD thesis but an opportunity for self development. The training therefore focuses not only on skills that are needed for a successful completion of the project but also on competences required to take the next career step (to either academic or non-academic functions). The programme takes place within a KNAW-accredited research school in the context of a nationally and internationally oriented, ambitious scientific community and state-of-the-art research facilities. All candidates conduct their research in a personal supervisor(s)-trainee setting (a single supervisor for a candidates is discouraged). The school motivates candidates (also candidates without a medical background) to attend outpatient clinics / surgery / public health settings in order to optimally identify themselves with the subject of their project. A broad range of subject-related and methodology-related courses is available to obtain the skills needed for the project. In addition to this, training opportunities are offered that help the candidates reaching their personal goals beyond the project (e.g., scientific integrity, personal leadership). The graduate school takes the quality of the courses and teaching very seriously. All teachers are required to obtain a teaching qualification that fits their role in the school. Also, every course is evaluated by the candidates each time it is taught.
The Radboud Institute for Health Sciences is connected to the Biomedical Sciences Bachelor and Master programs of the Radboud University Medical Center and, to a lesser extent, its programs in Medicine and Dentistry. Three of the six majors of Biomedical Sciences (Epidemiology, Human Risk Assessment, Health Technology Assessment) train the candidates specifically for a PhD project within the health sciences.
In 2016 the Institute will implement the link between the Biomedical Sciences MSc Program and the research in the Institute. Every MSc student will choose a principal investigator group in one of the three Radboudumc research institutes as a training environment. Students will be increasingly seen as new colleagues.