Institute of Medical Sociology
The Institute of Medical Sociology in Düsseldorf researches and teaches how social circumstances influence the development, trajectory and treatment of health and diseases.
Every individual's health is defined by socially formed chances and risks: Health behaviour, stress, unemployment, social support, loneliness and poverty are few examples. Our institute bundles knowledge on how these factors influence the development of diseases. Knowing these influences allows to identify groups in society with high health risks, to design targeted medical interventions and to develop adequate prevention programs.
The institute is part of the newly founded interdisciplinary „Centre for Health and Society“ at the medical faculty.
Our main research is on work-related health risks and stress (e.g. the effort-reward imbalance model) as well as prevention and health promotion. We also focus on the question what influence social disadvantages have on health and how health care provision for people in precarious living conditions can be improved. Furthermore, our team is active in different fields of public health and epidemiology, e.g. research on cardiovascular health. Our staff also act as political and academic advisers.
The Institute is part of the medical school and the new academic course „Düsseldorfer Curriculum Medizin“ for future doctors. On top of that, we hold the postgraduate program „Master of Science in Public Health“, founded in 1991 at the medical faculty, providing advanced training for health care professionals.