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Visual Anthropology of Health

Winter Programma

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 essential themes in health care.

The courses are open to:

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

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. This winter school is part of  Master’s programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam. 


Dr. Lianne Cremers & Dr. Ildikó Plájás

Course objectives

To be able to:

  • To get a short introduction of ethnographic film history & visual anthropological theory;
  • To gain insight into various research methodologies that incorporate visual data;
  • To acquire an understanding of when to use which medium (word, audio, image, video) for research and reporting;
  • To enhance critical thinking of visual research ethics concerning procedures of privacy and portrayal;
  • To collect and analyze primary and secondary visual data;
  • To acquire experience of presenting visual research;
  • To get the opportunity to think about how to use visual approaches in their own research


This course focuses on the potential and the qualities of visual methods for social science and health research. There will be a combination of interactive sessions and assignments concerning topics around the history of ethnographic film, visual research ethics, and how to visualize themes around health and society. The course provides a basic introduction to the anthropological use of visuals and hands-on training in collecting, analyzing and presenting visual research. Participants will get the opportunity to explore how visuals can become part of their own research.

Course code





Monday January 8th 2024 10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday January 10th 2024 10:00 - 16:30
Thursday January 11th 2024 10:00 - 16:30
Tuesday January 16th 2024 10:00 - 16:30
Friday January 19th 2024 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.

PhDs at a Dutch University:

  • 3 EC course = € 820,-

Professionals and PhDs students from a non-Dutch university:

  • 3 EC course = € 1525,-

Lunch is not included.

Invoices can be paid by employers, research institutes or individuals.


The winter schools have a limited capacity. Applications can be sent in from 1 October 2023. Students of the Medical Anthropology and Sociology Master programme are guaranteed a spot in one of the courses. You will be informed about the admission decision by 1 December 2023 latest. Applicants will send in a CV and motivation letter upon registration. 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 2023

More information

For more information contact the study advisor via

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Contract teaching
3-6 ECTS, 2 weeks
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