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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 resillience, and health and wellbeing. You analyze how health and wellbeing are influenced by societal and contextual structures, how health and wellbeing is distributed across Western societies, and how policy can improve health and wellbeing at micro-meso and macro-levels of society.

Education as of September 2022

All education takes place on campus again, now that the coronavirus measures have been scaled back. Of course, we will always maintain a safe environment for our students and staff. Therefore, a few basic measures still apply. For the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation, see our FAQs for prospective students.

of the graduates is (very) satisfied with their program

National Alumni Survey - Master Sociology, 2020 | n=6

months Internship in the Extended Master

through Academic Collaborative Centers from TRANZO or at one of our partner organizations

would choose the same program again, at the same university

National Alumni Survey - Master Sociology, 2020 | n=6

Program and courses

In this track of the MSc Sociology you combine scientific insights from sociology and health sciences to become a specialist in the field of healthcare policy, societal resilience, and health and wellbeing. You learn to design policy and preventive measures to handle the consequences for health and wellbeing of topics related to financial problems, depression, dementia, stress, burnout, addiction, aging, and lifestyle and chronic disease. 

  • Learn 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. You gain an international perspective on health, wellbeing and society in mainly Western societies.
  • Collaborate closely with healthcare organizations through 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 ensure cohesion in the programs cohort, such as guest lecturers, simulation, serious gaming and study trips. You'll 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:

Typical courses:

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

More  on the program and courses

  • Masterstudent Benthe

    Benthe Zenhorst

    Master's student

    "The personal way teachers and students communicate really spoke to me while choosing this master. This highly relevant health master allows me to further specialize within my field of sociology."

Career prospects

As a graduate you are able to manage projects and people within the context of complex health and wellbeing related societal problems. Our graduates found work as 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: 4,00
  • 83% of our alumni finds a job within 6 months after graduation
  • 84% would (definitely) recommend the study to friends, family or colleagues
  • 84% of the graduates is (very) satisfied with the program

Source: National Alumni Survey – Master Sociology, 2020 | n=6

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.

Interested in this Master's track?

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More information on this Master's program

Download the brochure with information on program content, admission requirements, career prospects, housing and immigration matters, and student life in Tilburg. Throughout the year you can take part in various types of events: on-campus, abroad or online.

Interested in the Health, Wellbeing and Society MSc track?

Check your eligibility and the deadlines for application

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