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Medical Anthropology and Sociology
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Medical Anthropology and Sociology is a dynamic field and one of the fastest growing specialisations in social science. There is an increasing demand for professionals who are able to work in multidisciplinary, problem-driven research and health interventions.

Where do our graduates work?

Specific career examples from alumni of the Medical Anthropology and Sociology programme are:

  • Programme manager at RIVM Centre for Healthy Living
  • Researcher MUTHI (Multidisciplinary University Traditional Health Initiative) at University of Amsterdam
  • Medical Anthropologist at Maxima Medisch Centrum (medical centre)
  • Associate Director at Community Health for Asian Americans
My advice to students would be: search opportunities during your studies to gain a diversity of experiences and academic courses

When it became time to choose a specific focus in my third year of Anthropology, I did not hesitate for a moment: Applied Medical Anthropology. It covers current health issues, how this is dealt with and how we can learn from this to improve the lives of people.

Ruth van Zorge


You will gain skills that will enable you to contribute to multidisciplinary problem-driven research and interventions. After completion of the programme, students have:

  • an insight into the processes of health and healthcare in general and into specific sub-areas in particular
  • acquainted themselves with social science theories and research practices that can be applied to the interface between health, society and culture
  • the ability to find, integrate and critically asses relevant professional literature on specific subjects
  • the ability to analyse practical health problems, formulate relevant objectives for Social Science research and compose research proposals
  • the skills they need to execute such research and report on it according to the applicable standards.

Career support 

To support you in your career goals, the University offers a variety of resources.

Amsterdam Society for Medical Social Scientists (ASMSS)

The Amsterdam Society for Medical Social Scientists (ASMSS) is a society for students and alumni of the UvA Master Medical Anthropology and Sociology.

GSSS Career Event 

Twice a year the GSSS hosts a Career Event, where you can meet organisation representatives and alumni, and receive helpful tips and feedback about searching for a job as a graduate.

UvA Careers Centre

The career advisers at the UvA Student Careers Centre can help students with information, workshops and individual vocational counselling to find out what you want, get insight into your capabilities and competencies, make choices and improve your application skills in order to achieve your goals.

With an increasing number of international students each year, the UvA is truly an international university. UvA graduates from all over the world find their way to interesting careers, whether in the Netherlands or abroad. The Student Careers Centre is specialised in advising international (non-Dutch) UvA graduates about job seeking in the international labour market.