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Epidemic Threats and Disasters

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.

Source: 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. 


Dr. D.H. (Danny) de Vries

Course objectives

After this course participants should be able:

  • To gain insights in the nexus between health and the environment in the manifestation of disaster risks and vulnerabilities;
  • To understand the contributions of ecological and medical anthropology, complexity theory and historical approaches in the study and analysis of epidemics and disasters;
  • To discuss factors that influence the vulnerability and resilience of specific populations;
  • To summarize debates and form an opinion about current strategies and barriers for improvement.


Major themes to be discussed include:

  • Global state of epidemic threats and disasters and future perspectives;
  • The nexus between health and the environment in the manifestation of disaster risks and vulnerabilities;
  • Theoretical relevance of historical approaches to vulnerability and resilience in the complex relationship between specific risk factors (such as zoonotic diseases or floods) and vulnerable populations;
  • The promotion of a social science approaches to epidemic threats and disasters.

Course code





Tuesday January 11th 10:00 - 16:30  
Thursday January 13th 10:00 - 16:30  
Monday January 17th 10:00 - 16:30  
Wednesday January 19th 10:00 - 16:30  
Friday January 21st 10:00 - 16:30  


UvA Master of Medical Anthropology and Sociology students take the course for 3 EC as part of their curriculum. VU Master Global Health students take the course for 6 EC as part of their electives. All other participants take the course for 3 EC.

  •  3 EC course: attendance, readings and small assignment
  •  6 EC course: attendance, readings, and a more substantial paper

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,-

Lunch is not included.

Invoices can be paid by 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.

Application deadline

1 November 2021

More information

For more information contact the study advisor via studyadvisor-mas@uva.nl

Facts & Figures
Type Contract teaching
Mode Full-time
Credits 3-6 ECTS, 2 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in January