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Program and courses Health, Wellbeing and Society track

You learn how to create resilient and healthy people and communities, capable of adapting to changing conditions that may influence their 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 help to improve health and wellbeing at micro- meso- and macrolevels of society.

Program structure

This one-year Master's track consists of 60 credits (ECTS):

  • 5 core courses (36 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis (24 ECTS)

You can start either at the end of August or at the end of January.

Examples of the topics discussed within the program:

  • Poverty, financial debts and health problems: how to solve the vicious circle? 
  • Mental health problems such depression, dementia, stress and burnout, addiction (children, at the workplace, care and rehabilitation) 
  • Relation care for older adults, informal care and quality of life 
  • Can lifestyle interventions reduce the chronic disease burden? 
  • Which preventive interventions or policy measures can prevent (the increase of) chronic disease and contribute to more healthy lifestyles among all people? 
  • How can preventive interventions be implemented effectively? 

Program content

Block 1 (August - October)
Block 2 (October- January)
Block 3 (January - April)
Block 4 (April- August)
Master's thesis

You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog.

Go to the course descriptions


Please Note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in OSIRIS Student at the start of the year.


Extend your Master with a junior traineeship

You have the opportunity to extend your Master's program by half a year, in which you do a junior traineeship (30 ECTS), in Dutch or English. During the traineeship you will dedicate half your time to research activities in the internship organization, and half your time researching and writing your Master's thesis. After completing the traineeship, you will receive a professional certificate in addition to your MSc. 

Generally, if you want to do an Extended Master, you can do it if you are hired by the partner organization. You can either do your Extended Master at one of the Academic Collaborative Centers at Tranzo, or at one of the partner organizations of the Extended Master.

Admission and application Extended Master

A short overview of the Health, Wellbeing and Society track

Combining scientific insights from sociology and health sciences, and by collaborating with healthcare organizations, you will become a specialist in the field of healthcare policy, societal resilience, and health and wellbeing. 

  • Learn to understand, analyze, change/improve and act upon differences in health and wellbeing, and differences of welfare and healthcare policies for different groups of people and individuals.
  • Gain an international perspective on health, wellbeing and society in mainly Western societies.
  • Familiarize yourself with a multitude of perspectives and analytical and practical models aimed at maintaining and/or improving health and wellbeing via the Academic Collaborative Centers of Tranzo.
  • Classes are taught in small, interactive work groups with excellent individual thesis supervision.
  • Community-building activities throughout the program, like guest lecturers, simulation, serious gaming and study trips ensure cohesion in the programs cohort.
  • Become part of an innovative program, which brings together academics, healthcare professionals, policy makers, and students in a small-scale and interactive environment, with excellent thesis supervision.
  • Enhance your skills and gain relevant working experience by doing an Extended Master and a junior traineeship.

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