Degree to be achieved: Master Degree in Health Sciences
Duration of studies: 2 years
Type of studies: Full time
Amount of credits: 120 ECTS
European Qualifications Framework (EQF) level: Level 7
International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level: Level 7
Language of instruction: English

Accreditation: the program is accredited until 02.02.2029.

Director of the programme: Asoc. prof. Liliāna Civjāne 


Tuition fee 
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and their family members; Long Term Resident EU - 2400 EUR per Year
Other сountry citizens - 6000 EUR per Year

The academic master's study program "Epidemiology and Medical Statistics" is intended to provide highly qualified specialists in epidemiology and medical statistics at regional, national and international level, who will understand and be able to develop epidemiological, medical and sociological research methodology, to perform sophisticated statistical analyses of obtained data, and to interpret observed results based on newest international knowledge and according to internationally accepted standards. 

The aim of the programme is to provide highly qualified epidemiology and medical statistics specialists for the Latvian, Baltic, and other health systems at regional, national and international levels who are familiar with and develop epidemiological and other research methodology, are able to analyze sophisticated data and interpret results based on the latest international knowledge and standards.  

Programme structure:

Students will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in competence to collect healthcare data, including large volumes of administratively generated and digital data in accordance with internationally accepted requirements.
They will learn different methods of statistical processing of data, SPSS, Stata, SAS, R, Prisma, GPower, as well as specific epidemiology software DAGitti and MedCalc.  
Students will learn how to create/develop medical, public health and sociology related research in line with international standards, which is vital for collecting country’s resultative and other statistical indicators and comparing them with EU and other regions of the world.

Career opportunities

Completion of this study programme will provide graduates with opportunities to work in wide range of organizations, including research institutions, medical institutions, ministries (eg, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Ministry of Agriculture) and institutions. Graduates will have the opportunity to pursue a PhD in Faculty of Medicine, as well as  PhD programmes in other countries.  

More information about study programme and Study Plan

ERASMUS+ exchange possibilities

UL full-time students, regardless of their citizenship, have the opportunity to apply for the ERASMUS + exchange program for studies or/and traineeship.  

More information:

ERASMUS + study mobility 
ERASMUS + traineeship moblity  

Admission requirements

  1. Undergraduate diploma (or higher) in health care, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, psychology, sociology, natural sciences, environmental sciences, food sciences, or other comparable higher education.
  2. English language proficiency.

    Admission criteria:
    1. The grade obtained in final Bachelor’s exam
    2. The grade point average of undergraduate studies
    3. Online test to determine common knowledge level on public health-related issues in modern society

The average grade in study courses must be 60% of the maximum. 

Autumn Intake (application start: 02 Jan 2023; studies start in Sept 2023)



Contact person for more information:

Senior Expert of Study Development
Mr. Ivars Pēkainis
Phone: +371 67033823, +371 25980910
Faculty of Medicine
Jelgavas Street 3 - 330, LV–1004

The programme has been developed within the framework of the project "Design of Internationally Competitive Study Programmes Promoting the Development of the National Economy of Latvia at the University of Latvia" (project No. / 18 / A / 015).