Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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Social factors play a critical role in the development of health and  illness. The social conditions not only determine the risk of disease  and premature death, they also affect the chances of preserving and  promoting health. With focus on this relation - between medicine and  society - Medical Sociology analyses the development and course of  disease in the context of social influences and the structure and  function of the medical healthcare system. It is therefore an  indispensable complement to the bioscience research program in medicine.

The Institute has four major fields of activity: