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Global Mental Health

The Medical Anthropology and Sociology winter school course takes place annually in January. These short, intensive courses are designed to offer participants both an overview of and insight into the state of the art of medical anthropological research in three essential themes in health care.

Henk Strikkers

The courses are open to:

  • Health and health-related professionals
  • PhD students in social science
  • Master’s students in social science

The courses are taught in English. Participants will be exposed to the latest thinking in medical anthropology and will be stimulated to discuss and exchange ideas. The winter school courses are part of the Master’s programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam. 


Prof. Dr. Mark Jordans

Course objectives

After this course participants should be able:

  • To formulate some major insights from and approaches in global mental health;
  • To discuss the contributions of medical anthropology, and the role of culture, to the field of global mental health;
  • To discuss the implications of specific risk factors, and their pathways, on the mental health of vulnerable populations;
  • To summarize current debates in global mental health, and form an opinion about current strategies and barriers to improving mental health care globally.
  • The promotion of mental health and mental health systems, especially in low and middle income settings, as well as for children and adolescents.


In this course students will gain knowledge of various theoretical approaches in the field of culture, psychology and psychiatry. Major themes to be discussed include:

  • Global mental health; development, current state and future perspectives
  • The role of culture in the manifestation of mental health and mental illnesses, in psychotherapies in non-western settings, and in shaping the therapeutic relationship,
  • Mental health in relation to specific risk factors (such as war and violence) and vulnerable populations (such as refugees)
  • The promotion of mental health and mental health systems, especially in low and middle income settings, as well as for children and adolescents

Course code





Monday January 6th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30  
Wednesday January 8th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30  
Friday January 10th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30  
Tuesday January 14th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30  
Thursday January 16th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30  


UvA Master of Medical Anthropology and Sociology students take the course for 3 EC as part of their curriculum. Other participants may choose between these options:

  •  3 EC course: attendance, readings and small assignment
  •  6 EC course: attendance, readings and a 5000 word paper

Please note: you have to specify your choice in your application. After admission, you will be registered for the 3 EC course or the 6 EC course. Switching after the start of the course or partial allocation of credits will not be possible.

Tuition fee

Students enrolled in a full time Master’s programme at a Dutch university are legally exempt from paying extra tuition.


  • 3 EC course = € 820,-

Professionals and students from a non-Dutch university:

  • 3 EC course = € 1525,-
  • 6 EC course = € 1675,-

Lunch is not included.

Invoices can be sent to employers, research institutes or individuals.


Entry requirements for the winter courses are:

  • having a Bachelor’s degree or higher from a Dutch HBO or University related to health or social science, or the equivalent thereof
  • and/or a minimum of 2 years of relevant working experience.
  • or being a PhD candidate

Are you an international participant? Please note that housing/hotel and visa arrangements need to be made individually and are not included in the tuition fees. In case you need a visa, please start procedures as soon as possible.

 Please note that the Winter School courses will be open for application in October 2019.

Application deadline

15 November

More information

For more information contact study advisor Yvette Jansen via

Global Mental Health
Type Contract teaching
Mode Full-time
Credits 3-6 ECTS, 10 days
Language of instruction English
Starts in January