Health Humanities

Career prospects Health Humanities

Contribute from a new perspective to policy discussions and the public debate around health and healthcare, as well as the development of innovative approaches, programs and tools. Upon graduating you will have obtained the following title (as stated on your diploma): MA Culture Studies, specialization Health Humanities.

Knowledge and skills

After your studies, you will be able to critically reflect on practices and theories in contemporary healthcare from a variety of perspectives. You will have knowledge of the historical and cultural context in which views, assumptions, beliefs and practices have developed, as well as the influence of technology and the online world.

This enables you to make a valuable contribution to policy discussions, the public debate and the development of innovative approaches, programs and tools.

This can be within a variety of disciplines, for example, journalism, communication, education, research, policy-making, management, creative and cultural industry, consulting and counseling. Your career prospects will partly depend on the knowledge and skills you have developed during your Bachelor’s and/or in practice.

The (optional) internship gives you a preview of possible future professions. Students for example did internships at Raad voor Volksgezondheid en Samenleving (Public Health and Society Council), BeBright Consultancy (consultancy on strategy and innovation in healthcare), Trimbos (knowledge institute for mental health and addiction), Kunstloc Brabant (involvement in an art project related to health) and ETZ hospital.

Professions related to Health Humanities

Specific professions that will benefit from a training in Health Humanities include:

  • Research in Health and Medicine
  • Health (and science) journalism
  • Health promotion and communication
  • Health policymaking
  • Health administration
  • Health (and science) councils
  • Ethical boards
  • Healthcare consultancy
  • Healthcare management
  • Educational institutes and creative professions
  • Medical complaint committees
  • Emerging professions, such as counselors who support both patients and professionals dealing with their sense of purpose and/or normative / ethical issues

Graduates work or start for example as

  • Staff consultant at University Medical Center (UMC) Maastricht
  • PhD researcher at the Developmental Psychology Department of Tilburg University
  • Employee purchasing support at the Dutch health insurance company CZ Groep
  • Junior researcher Diversity & Inclusion at the Mulier Institute
  • Customer Success Manager & Coach at GoodHabitz, provider of online personal development training courses for organizations

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

After your Master's

Your transition to the labor market

We help you prepare for your transition to the labor market by offering a number of career services:

  • Coaching, support and training courses offered by our Career Center to improve your employability and communication skills.
  • Dedicated Career Services Officers to give you individual career guidance or help you to find interesting and relevant internships.
  • Get in touch with alumni to learn about future career options and develop professional and networking skills in our Career Mentor Program.
  • Familiarize yourself with the labor market and meet potential employers by participating in several career events, which are organized every year in collaboration with the study associations.
  • For those who wish to discover and develop their entrepreneurial talent, we offer education and support services.
Working in the Netherlands after graduation

After obtaining a Master’s degree in the Netherlands, non-EEA students can apply for a residence permit under the ‘Orientation Year for Graduates Seeking Employment’ scheme. This allows you to spend a period of up to twelve months in the Netherlands to find employment.

Become a teacher

Are you passionate about sharing your knowledge with others? If you are a Dutch graduate, you have the possibility to follow a one-year educational post-master to become a teacher in Dutch after finishing your Master’s program in Health Humanities.

Interested in MSc Health Humanities?

Check your eligibility and the deadlines for application