Target group and programme content

The master's programme is a consecutive programme for graduates of bachelor's programmes in health sciences and specialist health professions (e.g. nursing, physiotherapy), and related degree courses (e.g. health pedagogy).

The programme is also suitable for those with a degree in business, engineering (for example, the medical technology-oriented programmes offered by HFU) and social pedagogy or behavioural sciences to provide specialist knowledge for those working in the health sector.

Programme content

Details of programme (I4574-1)

Cultural awareness in nursing (Photo from the "Culture-sensitive care" workshop

The Master of Applied Health Sciences programme deals with the following sorts of questions:

  • What sort of working conditions are required for employees to remain healthy over a period of decades?
  • How can we implement assistive technologies (e-health) into health promotion in order to appropriately support the social participation of the elderly or the disabled?
  • How should healthcare be organized to ensure equal provision in both rural and metropolitan areas?
  • Why do immigrant families suffer more stillbirths than native families?
  • How can people in various communities be motivated to improve health literacy?

Study and Examinations Regulations

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes - subject knowledge and skills

  • Theory and practice of health promotion based on scientific, methodological and empirical principles and methods.
  • Ability to understand specialist areas of prevention and health promotion in interdisciplinary global and regional contexts, and to identify and analyze related problems and challenges. Focus is on rural areas and on certain aspects of globalization.
  • Deep understanding of and specialist skills necessary to analyze multifactor influences on health and disease and to evaluate ways in which existing health provision can be optimized under everyday conditions.
  • Ability to use planning skills to contribute to quality improvement and effectiveness of individual and settings-based (in everyday life and in a work environment) health promotion activities.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate potential and relevant areas of application of digital and assistive technologies to promote health. Deep knowledge of theory and processes in the design, evaluation and needs-related application of assistive technnologies in everyday life and in a work environment.

Learning outcomes - transferable skills

  • Ability to cooperate with external partners from academia and the working world.
  • Ability to build interdisciplinary networks and promote the transfer of knowledge between theory and practice.
  • Ability to formulate specialist standpoints and solutions to problems for colleagues and external persons in both English and German, and to present and discuss these.

Learning outcomes - employability skills

  • Knowledge and analytical skills necessary for application-oriented research.
  • Comprehensive theoretical and practical competences to carry out work in settings-based and individual health promotion (application and process consulting).
  • Ability to meet changing demands of specialists and management in authorities and organizations through strong theoretical and interdisciplinary qualifications.