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Health, Wellbeing and Society

1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

Become a specialist in the fields of healthcare policy, societal resilience, and health and well-being. The heart of the new Health, Wellbeing and Society track of the MSc Sociology is the understanding that sustainability depends on creating resilient and healthy communities, which can adapt to changing conditions without losing their fundamental identities. You are taught to analyze how health and well-being are distributed across Western societies, and how health and well-being can be improved at micro- meso- and macro-level of society. This is a track of MSc Sociology.

of the graduates is (very) satisfied with their program

National Alumni Survey - Master Sociology, 2017 | n=10

months Internship in the Extended Master

through Academic Collaborative Centers from TRANZO

would choose the same program again, at the same university

National Alumni Survey - Master Sociology, 2017 | n=10

Program and courses

The central themes of this master are: healthcare policy, societal resilience, and health & wellbeing. Combining scientific insights from sociology and health sciences, and collaborating closely with healthcare organizations, you will learn how to become a specialist in the field of healthcare policy, societal resilience, and health and wellbeing. Learn how to analyze how health and wellbeing are related to welfare, healthcare politics and policy and how they are related to demographic and societal factors at different levels.

  • Gain an international perspective on health, wellbeing and society in mainly Western societies.
  • Participation of the unique Academic Collaborative Centers from Tranzo in theoretical modules as well as during the internship and thesis.
  • Community-building activities throughout the program will ensure cohesion in the programs cohort, such as guest lecturers, simulation, serious gaming and study trips.
  • Become part of an innovative program which brings together academics and students from all over the world in a small-scale and interactive learning environment.
  • The Extended Master gives you the opportunity to enhance your practical and professional skills during a 6 month traineeship. An Extended Master adds an extra semester to your regular master’s program.
  • With a Double degree program you have the opportunity to earn a degree from both Tilburg University and one of our partner universities:
    Double degree in Sociology and Social Research - Tilburg University  and University of Trento (Trento, Italy)
    Double degree in Sociology and Population Studies – Tilburg University and  Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain)
    Double Degree in Sociology - Tilburg University and University of Bamberg (Bamberg, Germany)
  • This is a track of MSc Sociology. You specialize by following one of its tracks.

Typical courses are:

  • Health, Resilience and Sustainability
  • Health and Policy
  • Social Policy and Social Risks
  • The Social Structures of Western Societies

More  on the program and courses

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Career prospects

As a graduate you are able to manage projects and people within the context of complex health and wellbeing related societal problems. You will have acquired the knowledge as well as analytical and communication skills to lead and participate in innovation-oriented projects aiming to tackle health and wellbeing and (health)care related societal challenges. You will have learned to analyze demographic drivers and outcomes of societal issues, as well as of public interventions aimed at addressing (health) care challenges. As a graduate you are able to frame problems from a sociological as well as from a health and wellbeing perspective.

Some examples of our graduates'  careers: policy advisor, policy executive, data analyst, researcher or trainer at:

  • (Health)care organizations
  • Local, regional, national and international health policy organizations
  • NGOs - non-governmental organization
  • (International) societal change and innovation projects
  • Multinational organizations
  • Health insurance companies
  • Public health organizations
  • Research institutes

Alumni facts

  • Average number of months until first paid job: 3,2
  • 100% of our alumni does find a job within 6 months after graduation
  • Employer requires a Master of Science degree: 60%
  • Gross monthly income one year after graduation: €1,940
  • Would choose the same program again, at the same university: 70%
  • Will recommend the study to friends, family or colleagues:80%
  • 90% of the graduates is (very) satisfied with the program

Source: National Alumni Survey – Master Sociology, 2017 | n=10

More on your career prospects

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Application and admission

This track starts:

At the end of August and at the end of January

Best preparatory programs:

Sociology, Psychology, Social Geography, Anthropology, Culture Studies, Human Resource Studies, Organization Studies, and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Pre-Master’s program:

The Pre-Master’s program in Sociology (30 ECTS) is open to both Research University students and students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO). The Pre-Master's program starts at the end of August and at the end of January. After finishing the program, you can start with the track Health, Wellbeing and Society of the MSc Sociology.

Tuition fees and scholarships

International students find information about tuition fees and scholarships available here.

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