Health Humanities

Health Humanities

1 year English Starts end of August

Study how developments and opinions regarding health, medicine and healthcare are reflected in cultural practices in society 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.

On Campus if we can | Online because we can

This academic year, education will take place partly online and partly on campus depending on the corona measures in place. Of course, we will always maintain a safe environment for our students and staff. For the latest updates on the corona situation see our FAQs for prospective students and current students.

international students

(of all students who started in September, 2021)

of our students is (very) satisfied with their program

National Student Survey, 2021 | n=55 (Culture Studies, all tracks)

different nationalities

Alumni report, 2021 | n=502 (Culture Studies, all tracks)

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 ability 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 by attending guest lectures from professionals.
  • Learn how to write scientific articles based on academic content which will be published in Diggit Magazine, an online news platform about digital culture, globalization, and arts.

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

Typical courses are:

  • Knowledge production in health and medicine
  • Online Health Practices
  • The Normal and the Abnormal
  • Diversity and Equity in Health and Medicine

More on the program and courses

  • Masterstudent Marieke

    Marieke Hendriks

    Master's student

    "I get a lot of different insights on health (both mental and physical) and disease. The multidisciplinary approach of the program is what makes it challenging and interesting."

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 a career in health (care) journalism, policymaking, administration, consultancy, management, education, communication and counselling in the field of health and healthcare.

An (optional) internship gives you the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice, and a preview of possible future professions. The experience will enhance your position in the labor market.

Alumni facts

  • Average time between graduation and first paid job is 2.5 months
  • 84% of our alumni find a job within 2 months

Source: Alumni of Culture Studies (all tracks), National Alumni Survey, 2020 | n = 6

More on your career prospects

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Application and admission

This program starts:

End of August

Best preparatory programs:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Culture Studies, Philosophy, Literature, Science and Technology Studies, Anthropology, History, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Religious Studies, Medicine.
  • 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:

Open to both Research University students and students of a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO).

Interested in the Master's program?

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More information

Please feel free to contact us for your personal queries. You can contact us on every page of the master's website. Or find out more by choosing one of the options below.

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Meet us

Throughout the year you have the opportunity to meet us and learn more about Tilburg University and the programs that we offer. You can take part in various types of events: on-campus, abroad or online.

Interested in MSc Health Humanities?

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