Teaching

PULSE Network members offer a broad range of courses at universities around the country and participate in an interdisciplinary master’s program in Medical and Health Humanities at the VU University, Amsterdam.

This programme combines the history of health and medicine with a wide array of arts and humanities approaches. Classes explore the different ways that bodies and minds have been investigated and understood, and how these various ways of knowing shape everyday life, medical practice, and public health policy. Participants learn to contextualise medical ideas in the time and culture, and to analyse a diverse range of sources, including historical artefacts, comics and films, medical texts and health journalism. Drawing on methods from across the disciplines, students will broaden their tools of investigation beyond the written word to also consider the sounds, smells, and the look and feel of the past and its lessons and legacies in the present day.

The four specialised courses in the programme are also open to interested MA or MSc students registered at Dutch universities. This includes those enrolled in medical school, or specializing in related health or humanities disciplines, such as psychology, art history, nursing, social work, communications, media studies, anthropology, or museum studies. You can follow just one, two or three courses, or follow the full programme. Download the programme booklet here.

Not a student?
People who are not enrolled in a Dutch university, but who would like to register for this programme, are welcome to participate. The course fee is €500 per course, or €2000 total for all four courses and thesis supervision. Payment is due in January of the year of study, but please contact the coordinators in advance to discuss: Ab Flipse (a.c.flipse@vu.nl) and Manon Parry (m.s.parry@vu.nl) .

More information available at: https://masters.vu.nl/en/programmes/history-medical-and-health-humanities/index.aspx