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Department of Medical Sociology

 Department Chair  Prof. Dr. Olaf von dem Knesebeck
 Department Vice Chair

 Dr. Christopher Kofahl


The research activities of the Department of Medical Sociology are divided into five working-groups:


The Department of Medical Sociology is involved in the new medical curriculum "iMed" of the Medical Faculty. Among the topics are: "doctor-patient-relationship", "social determinants of health and illness", "demography", "basic principles of science and empirical research", "self-help", "handling medical errors" and "exploring different occupations in medicine".  


Our department offers consulting services for community, state and federal social service providers (primarily health insurance funds) as well as for patient and self-help organisations. They take the form of expert opinions, expert reports, contract research, serving on advisory boards and continuing education courses.

Department statistics

The department has 20 employees.

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last update: Tae Jun Kim, 30.07.2013


Medical Sociology
Prof. Dr. Olaf von dem Knesebeck
Office: Andrea Parkhouse
Tel: +49 (0) 40 7410 -53396
Fax: +49 (0) 40 7410 -54934

Postal Address
University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf
Department of Medical Sociology
Building W37
Martinistrasse 52
D-20246 Hamburg