Chair of Medical Sociology
The Chair of Medical Sociology was newly established at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Cologne in February 2023 and is headed by Prof. Dr. Lena Ansmann.
The aim of the chair is to study the social and organizational context of medical care, with a particular focus on the interaction and communication between patients, professions, care organizations and society. The chair pursues a research program on contextual influences of the micro level (individual and interaction), meso level (organizations) and macro level (society) on health care. The focus is on the meso-level of organizations.
The team has expertise in qualitative and quantitative empirical social research, the application of sociological theories to health care science issues, clinic-based field research, and the collection of primary data. The team’s expertise also includes evaluation and implementation research on complex interventions to improve care.
In addition, the chair assumes teaching responsibility for the subject of medical sociology in the model course of study in human medicine at the Medical Faculty of the University of Cologne.