Master's Health and Society

Specialisation Health and Society studies the social and behavioural aspects of health and health promotion. Besides that, you will also look at other factors that affect health. For instance the organisation of the food system and the interaction between individuals and the physical environment.

Specialisation Health Society

About Health and Society

For many centuries, the care for individuals and population health has been the domain of medical science. However, it is widely recognised that modern health problems are complex and cannot be solved only by hospitals and medical doctors. Many diseases are related to lifestyles, the social and physical environment, access to information and the opportunities for making healthy choices.

You become a Health and Society expert by:

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  • Being context-sensitive in the domains of science and health promotion.
  • Taking into account the degree to which people have (financial) means for health protection and improvement. This is based on geographical orientation, social justice, and inequalities and inequities between regions.
  • Embedding health and health promoting activities in social life.

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For timetables, courses and course content of the specialisation Health and Society and the common part of the master's you can read the Study Handbook. To get a better overview of the structure you can also download the programme Health & Society.

Student experiences

The best way to get to know a place is by getting to know the people. Students share their experiences with you about the master's programme and student life in Wageningen on the page Student experiences.

The programme has given me such a great inspiration on how I can solve future complex health issues in my country (Indonesia).
Acha - Student Health and Society

Career prospects

Graduates of this specialisation work for governments, health care institutes or arbo services. Alumni work in national or international organisations, like the Red Cross, Oxfam Novib, or patient associations, research institutes, insurers or health-promoting institutes. Visit future career for the stories and career paths of alumni.