Health and Well-being

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Health and well-being, both on an individual and societal level, is an important matter for our global society and human mankind in general.

The introductory course in this theme focuses on a number of issues that are relevant to ongoing research in the disciplines of biomedical sciences, health sciences and social sciences. The course provides an interdisciplinary approach to study and discuss the present and future challenges in the field of health and disease prevention, both on a local and global scale.

A focus of this course is metabolic syndrome and will offer an appetizer of a number of pre-med track courses that students are able to select in their second and third years. It also provides a historical and conceptual introduction particular to this field of study. 

Upon completion of this course, the student is able to understand at an introductory and elementary level the following medical sciences:

  • General physiological concepts of regulation
  • Biochemistry and cell biology
  • Energy metabolism
  • Pharmacology
  • Genetics
  • Epidemiology
  • The internal environment, including elements of the cardiovascular system, renal system and endocrine system
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Systems biology

Furthermore, those who complete the course will also develop skills in data presentation, analysis and interpretation, numerics, (medical) information retrieval and written communication. This course introduces students to most of the core courses of the pre-med track.

Pre-med track at AUC

AUC's curriculum includes a 'Health and Well-being' theme that intends to support students who would like to go on to study at postgraduate programmes in the health and life sciences. In particular, AUC in collaboration with both Amsterdam Medical Centre (AMC) and VU Medical Centre (VUmc) has developed a so-called "pre-med track" for those students who would like to enter a (Dutch) medical master programme after graduation from AUC. The pre-med track consists of a set of eight courses in the medical sciences, which cover subjects relevant for admission to the medical master programmes of VUmc and AMC (see minimum exam requirements, below).

AUC pre-med courses:

100 Level: The Human Body I
200 level:

Hormones and Homeostasis

The Human Body II


Metabolic Biochemistry

Molecular Cell  Biology

300 Level:

Infectious Diseases

Mechanisms of Disease

After completion of the AUC pre-med track, students will be eligible to apply to either the VUmc or AMC medical master programme. Please note that the entrance requirements for both medical master programmes are highly selective and competitive, so although AUC graduates will be eligible there is no guarantee they will get a place.

General admission criteria for the medical master programme at VUmc or AMC include:

  • Legal high school requirements (Dutch N&T,N&G or equivalent)
  • International students: NT2 Dutch language proficiency
  • BSc degree (AUC degree; pre-med track)
  • Entrance exam*
  • Interview

*Minimum Exam Requirements:

  • Physiology of heart, kidneys and lungs
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Metabolism (carbohydrate, protein, fatty acid)
  • Anatomy and Embryology
  • Histology
  • Infection and Immune system
  • Hormonal Regulations

(see also AUC pre-med courses above)

For further information on other postgraduate programmes in the health and life sciences at the VU and UvA for which AUC students will also be eligible, we recommend that you visit their websites (see links below).

Published by  Amsterdam University College

1 November 2017