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Health Humanities

1 year English Starts end of August

Approaching health and medicine from an interdisciplinary humanities perspective, this program will enable you to critically analyze current healthcare and contribute to its improvement. This is a track of MA Culture Studies.

Program and courses

Study how developments and opinions regarding health, medicine and healthcare are reflected in cultural practices in society. And learn how cultural norms, diversity, technological developments and the online world shape these developments and opinions.

  • Critically evaluate various types of knowledge production in contemporary health and medicine using various types of research and methodologies.
  • Develop the capacity to think critically about past and present events and experiences in relation to medicine.
  • Relate concepts of health and medical sciences and practices to questions of public debate and concern.
  • Connect theory with practice through an internship (optional) and through guest lectures from professionals in the field.
  • Turn academic content into publications that are accessible to a wider public through Diggit Magazine, both a learning instrument and an online news platform focusing on digital culture, globalization, and arts.

This is a track of MA Culture Studies. You specialize by following one of its tracks.

Typical courses are:

  • Cultural practices of knowledge production in health and medicine
  • Online Health Practices
  • The Normal and the Abnormal
  • Diversity and Equity in Health and Medicine

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Career prospects

Upon graduating you will have obtained the following title (as stated on your diploma): MA Culture Studies, specialization Health Humanities.

Health Humanities prepares you for careers in health (care) journalism, policymaking, administration, consultancy, management, education, communication and counselling in the field of health and healthcare.

An internship option in the third unit provides you with the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice, and get familiar with possible future professions. This will enhance your position in the labor market.

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Application and admission

This program starts:

End of August

Best preparatory programs:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in general Culture Studies, Philosophy, Literature, Linguistics, Science and Technology Studies, Anthropology, History, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Religious Studies, Medicine, Communication Studies / Modern Language.
  • The academic background of the students in our Master's program varies a lot. Students with a Bachelor's degree in a different subject area are also most welcome to apply.

Pre-Master's program:

Available for both Research University students and students of a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO).

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