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Anthropology of Health

Master (2 years) of , 120 ECTS
Health care, social services, and care services Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Campus City Campus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 5000 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


Health, illness, and treatment are conditions that touch all human beings; therefore, all societies must address them by developing medical knowledge, training practitioners, preventing illness, and caring for those who nevertheless become ill. When human beings become ill, many challenges often lie before them. Doctors and other health specialists are sought out, therapeutic options are negotiated and agreed upon, family life is coordinated, etc.

In particular, the Anthropology of Health looks at how human beings’ efforts to secure health and treat illness are shaped by and contingent on local, national, and international institutions and political processes, and how inequalities in health are thereby created, maintained, or challenged. Another important focus is the use of new biomedical technologies that often raise difficult medical, moral and socioeconomic questions. In this way, during the last decades, the Anthropology of Health has become a well-established and internationally recognized subdiscipline within anthropology, while it has remained a central point of departure for research of societies and cultures in general.

Courses that may be offered in the specialisation track in Anthropology of Health include:
  •     Medical Anthropology, Introductory Course
  •     Medical Anthropology, Advanced Course: Violence and Global Health:  Anthropological Perspectives

Career Opportunities 

Anthropologists typically work in positions where they can use their analytical skills, coordination skills, and their ability to detect how procedures develop in the workplace. The following is a list of some of the career opportunities available for anthropologists:
  • Consulting work and project work, including qualitative studies, analysis, project leadership, planning and evaluation in both the private and public sectors
  • Integration-related work for municipalities and for NGO’s
  • Product and market development and management
  • User-driven innovation for private firms and municipalities
  • Teaching and outreach at universities, municipal primary and lower secondary school, museums or at newspapers
  • Intercultural communication in international companies and organisations
  • Development work in Denmark and abroad
  • Research


To be admitted to this programme, you must use a digital application system in order to apply for the MSc in Anthropology. Apply directly at University of Copenhagen with all relevant documentation. You can not use paper application forms.

If you are EU/EEA or Swiss citizen you can read more about application procedures here

For Non-EU/EEA citizens you find the relevant information about application procedures here

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. Read about the language requirements of University og Copenhagen 

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact University of Copenhagen directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Spring 2015 - EU/EEA/SWISS Citizens

Application date
Apr 01
Start date
Sep 01

Spring 2015 - Non-EU/EEA/SWISS Citizens

Application date
Jan 15
Start date
Sep 01

City Campus


Studying at City Campus means being downtown Copenhagen. Everything the city has to offer is right outside the door. Nevertheless, it is easy to escape city noise in order to study or relax in one of the many beautiful, surrounding parks.The campus area accommodates the Faculty of Social Sciences and a part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Centre for Health and Society is located between the city lakes and the transport hub Nørreport. This is a place brimming with history as the buildings are the former district general hospital with high ceilings and a stylish architectural look. Teaching facilities are modern, and in 2013, the University opened a new building with three auditoriums.

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