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:

  • 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
  • Alumna Heleen van der Zee

    Heleen van der Zee

    Trainee consultant | Q-Consult Zorg

    "In the master's program Health Humanities, I had the opportunity to explore different issues within healthcare. The broad approach, focusing on both patient experience and "-perspective, as well as policy and inclusion, allows me to think from various perspectives in my current job."

  • Tessa Visser

    Tessa Visser

    Junior researcher Diversity & Inclusion | Mulier Instituut

    "This master has taught me to think critically about the current standards, measuring instruments and norms concerning health and healthcare. It has also broadened my knowledge on inclusion and diversity in this domain."

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

Alumni facts

  • 81% of our alumni find a job within 6 months
  • Average time between graduation and first paid job is 3.4 months

Source: Alumni of Culture Studies (all tracks), National Alumni Survey, 2021 | n = 11

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 Student Career Services to improve your employability and communication skills.

  • Dedicated Career Services Officers who can give you individual career guidance or help you to find interesting and relevant internships.

  • 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.

  • To those who wish to discover and develop their entrepreneurial talent, we offer education and support services.

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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 Highly Educated Persons’ scheme. This allows you to spend a period of up to twelve months in the Netherlands to find employment.

Interested in MSc Health Humanities?

Check your eligibility and the deadlines for application