Medical science is developing with ever increasing speed. This results in great improvements to medical care, yet it also gives rise to complex social questions and dilemmas, varying from ‘which prescription drugs should be reimbursed by insurance companies?' to ‘is genetically modified food bad for your health?' and ‘does society want cloned animals, or even ‘designer babies’?'.
Providing the best possible answers to these questions calls for a synergetic interaction between several disciplines and actors in society. The Master's programme in MPA at VU University Amsterdam (the Netherlands) anticipates these needs.