Welcome to the Institute of Medical Sociology
The Institute of Medical Sociology, part of the Center for Psychosocial Medicine, is dedicated to training, education and research. Research activities are carried out by various working groups (see below). The training content on medical sociology and the other courses taught by the institute is contained in the iMed course of medical studies within the revised medical curriculum.
Research activities at the institute are carried out by five working groups:
- Social influences on Health and Health Care (Prof. Dr. von dem Knesebeck)
- Patient Orientation and Self-Help
(Dr. Christopher Kofahl)
- Health Promotion (Dipl.-Soz. Waldemar Süß)
- Migration and Health (Dr. Nico Vonneilich)
- Hospital Research (Dr. Nickel)
Training and further education
Education at the institute comprises lectures on Introduction to Medical Sociology, the course "Illness and being ill from a patient's perspective" and various seminars regarding social aspects of illness and health care. The institute is also involved in the exploration of the occupational field o fthe prospective doctor (training and seminar, first semester). In our reformed program of studies, the IMS is responsible for the 2nd Tracks "scientific research" and "InterMED" (Intercultural competencies and international Medicine) and also participates in other 2nd Tracks.
The institute offers advisory service and expertise for communal, regional and federal authorities, social service providers (especially health insurances) and other institutions in the Health Care sector, as well as for Patient- and Self-Help-Organizations. This includes forms of professional expertise, reports, contract research, involvement in advisory boards and advanced training.