Graduates of the Applied Health Sciences programme are employed across the healthcare sector. Potential employers are, for example, companies, political health organizations, health authorities, local authority administration, health insurance companies, project sponsors, trade unions, rehabilitation clinics, external service providers and other healthcare institutions.
Whatever career pathway our graduates choose, a growing number of specialists will be required in the various health sectors. A internationally recognized degree from HFU will give you the best possible preparation for the demands of the working world.
The career pathways of our graduates are as varied as the programme itself: from healthcare management in companies or supply management with healthcare providers, to healthcare consulting in local authorities.
Whatever path you choose, an increasing number of skilled employees will be required in the future in every area of healthcare. The internationally recognized degree programme at HFU gives you the best possible preparation for the challenges awaiting you in the workplace.
Working with developers of ambient assisted living systems
You will participate in the creation of designs and real-life technical solutions in innovative companies. In this occupational field, you will be able to find employment with national and international providers of AAL systems as well as with research facilities and higher education institutions.
Working with users
You will advise those seeking technical solutions in the areas of care and health. In this occupational field, positions in care facilities, health and social service providers, welfare organisations, local information and contact centres, and health marketing and consulting companies will be open to you.
Working with healthcare institutions and networks
You will help to ensure market transparency by developing an independent and impartial overview of the technical assistance systems available. In this occupational field, you will have the option of working in insurance companies, health associations, health and social departments (in local authorities, regional districts, etc.), government agencies, other associations and independent service providers within the healthcare sector.
Working with companies
You will develop innovative, forward-looking concepts for workforces that are undergoing demographic change and ensure that the elderly, or those recovering from illness or in rehabilitation, are also integrated into the company's operational processes. In this occupational field, positions in occupational health and safety associations, corporate health management and physical rehabilitation facilities are open to you.
"Care for the elderly is a rapidly changing sector as far as legal and conceptional development is concerned, which means that there are many career pathways available for graduates of the Applied Health Sciences programme.
The quality of life of the elderly is something which affects us all and which involves a wide variety of different subject areas. These different aspects are looked at in a practical way both during the programme and in the daily work.
The interdisciplinary content of the programme was a terrific basis for getting started in the field of the care of the elderly."
"Working in the quality assurance department, I supported the Baden-Württemberg Medical Board in ensuring medical care, including intensive and emergency care. The work is very varied and demands constant exchange with members of the medical teams. What I find particularly interesting is dealing with medical topics which are also current policy.
The Applied Health Sciences degree programme is an excellent basis for gaining an understanding of such areas from various perspectives. The medical know-how taught on the course is particularly helpful in understanding complex content when working with doctors.
For me the combination of practicals in public health authorities and the health policy and management modules were a good mix. It was, and is, challenging and rewarding to work independently in a new position whose job description includes a range of tasks, not only quality assurance."
"As a control systems specialist in the Nursing Care Department of the Social Services Authorities I am responsible for the planning of assistance for people who need nursing care in the region who depend on social assistance.
I found out about the AGW programme through internships in healthcare and personal interest in the subject of nursing care. What I liked best about the degree programme was the practical work in multiple projects and the internship semester. I think it is very valuable because it enables you to start working in a job right after you graduate.
During my course I learned that it is important in the field of healthcare to get to know and understand the various points of view of the people and institutions with whom you have to work. That helps me especially in case management where it's important to combine the various viewpoints of everyone involved so that the best possible solution for the client can be found."
"As a Usability Engineer at User Interface Design GmbH, I am responsible for making the technology of tomorrow simple, understandable and aesthetically pleasing. To do so the needs of the user always come first - regardless of whether it's a medical product, the controls for a machine or an entertainment app.
The AGW degree prepared me well and at the same time the projects I worked on meant I gained a lot of practical and research experience. I use the User Centered Design methods I learned, such as context interviews, shadowing and usability tests, daily.
I decided to take AGW because I was looking for a programme which combined medical, technical and social aspects and which would give me the chance to make real changes."
"As a student assistant I am responsible for the compilation and editing of scientific publications. Besides the support in statistical evaluations, I am also responsible for the design of assistive technologies (particularly telemedicine).
Before I took the AGW degree I trained as a paramedic. The insights I gained into the healthcare system and my experience of the reality of care provision motivated me to go to university so that I could play an active role in improvement. The rural region where Furtwangen is located and the good study atmosphere was what I enjoyed the most. The programme taught a broad range of qualitative and quantitative research methods and gave me a solid understanding of literature research and academic writing. The skills I learned made it easier for me in my master's programme and getting started in my career.“