Educational Programmes Health and Society

Bachelor program Health and Society - BGM

The BGM program trains students to become experts in the health domain. During the program, a social scientific perspective is applied to analyze emerging issues, such as obesity, ageing and inequities in health. This perspective emphasizes the social embedding of health and health promotion and the importance of social processes, structures and institutions.

The social scientific disciplines of sociology, social psychology and communication are complemented with concepts from economic, management and policy-oriented scientific disciplines. Knowledge about communication optimizes the collaboration with different parties, and economics teaches students to solve health issues as efficient as possible. This way, students can stimulate people in different ways to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

BSc Gezondheid en Maatschappij

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BSc Minor Communication, Health & Society - WUCHS

This BSc minor provides students with an in-depth understanding of multiple social and bio-physical environmental determinants of health, and their interaction at the individual, local and global level. The BSc minor combines expertise from health psychology, social psychology, health promotion, epidemiology and communication. Overall, the BSc minor aims to give students insight into the multiple causes of and solutions for health issues, to understand the interdependence of the causes and teach them how to address problems through health promotion actions, strategic communication and policy.

Students are challenged to analyse and contribute to developing research and action for emerging health issues at the local, national and global level. For this, diverse scientific methods will be used, such as interviewing, observation, qualitative and quantitative data analysis and analysis of current health issues, policies and lifestyle programs.

BSc Minor WUCHS

Master program Communication, Health and Life Sciences - specialisation Health and Society - MCH

In September 2007, Wageningen University started the two-year Master program Health and Society as a specialization of Communication Health and Life Sciences (MCH). The 'MSc Communication Health and Life Sciences, specialisation Health and Society' program aims to train students to become context-sensitive experts in the field of scientifically and societal relevant, complex health issues. Students can do so in science and practice of health promotion, often in multi-and interdisciplinary teams.

The design of the program reflects its social-scientific focus on issues in the domain of health, health promotion and systems of health care. Issues are addressed from a sociological perspective, combined with perspectives from, amongst others, social psychology, communication and public policy, centralizing the link between health and human relationships. As such, the program offers a broad social scientific analysis of health issues, with a specific emphasis on the interaction between individual and environment.

MSc Communication, Health and Life Sciences (MCH)

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