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.
The institute staff are also responsible for teaching students in other courses at various institutions in Hamburg (for example, Hamburg University, FB 13; Trade School – health studies; Department for Economics and Politics – social and health management course). The institute’s academic activities extend beyond Hamburg, with members of staff teaching post-graduate courses on public health.
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 and former working group Social Gerontology
(Dr. Christopher Kofahl)
- Health Promotion (Dipl.-Soz. Waldemar Süß)
- Migration and Health (Niels-Jens Albrecht)
- 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.