Innovative and evidence-based

The seven-semester "Applied Health Sciences" degree programme gives students an awareness of the challenges of demographic changes and how to integrate potential technical assistance systems in order to shape the healthy lives of the future.

An important objective of the programme is to integrate various aspects of healthcare. In order to do this, the course gives a broad understanding of the diverse areas of health sciences, medicine and healthcare, social sciences, technology and health economics. As a result students work on real-life tasks such as the planning and implementation of health promotion interventions, hands-on healthcare management or the design of new provision models putting their knowledge into practice. In the "Assistive Technologies" area of specialization, students are taught the interface competencies necessary for the design of new assistance systems based on users' needs, and the consulting skills required to show users and organizations how new technologies can be used.

Besides this specialist knowledge, various key competencies such as project management, consulting skills and teamwork are also taught on the course. Projects, groupwork and practicals are an important part of the programme. In groups, students look at current healthcare issues and work out their own solutions. This hands-on practical experience is a good way to see the range of possible future career options and is helpful later on in finding a job.

Possible specializations in Applied Health Sciences programme

Assistive Health Technologies (Prof. Dr. Christophe Kunze)

The "Assistive Healthcare Technologies" specialization is aimed at students seeking specialization in the area of digitalization and use of technology in healthcare. This qualifies them particularly for careers in such areas as client consulting in the use of technical assistance systems (e.g. AAL), the implementation and evaluation of technology-based provision systems (e.g. eHealth), or the planning and development of technical assistance systems. This specialization also allows students to take follow-up master's programmes which focus on the use of technology in healthcare.

Occupational Healthcare Management (Prof. Dr. Kirsten Steinhausen)

"The Occupational Healthcare Management" specialization allows students to plan, implement and evaluate occupational healthcare management preparing them for management and human resources positions in healthcare institutions. The course deals with occupational safety and risk assessment. In addition students learn to design, implement and evaluate measures for occupational health promotion. It is also possible to specialize in the areas of movement, nutrition and stress management, all factors which together play a part in the health of the individual.

Healthcare Management (Prof. Dr. Kirsten Steinhausen)

The "Healthcare Management" specialization is aimed at students who wish to work in the management of healthcare institutions. General management skills are taught which can be deepened in mandatory electives, e.g. Controlling, Controlling and Processes in the Healthcare System, Personnel Management (in healthcare), Organizational Crisis Management and Marketing.

 

Local Government Health Promotion (Prof. Dr. Birgit Reime)

The "Local Government Health Promotion" specialization focuses on health promotion in local authorities and individual health promotion. Those working in this area would be developing low-threshold treatment programmes for low-income clients with limited healthcare awareness. Students learn the criteria for good practice in health promotion at the local government level and can plan, implement and evaluate health promotion measures. Students specializing in this area can also work in rural areas or internationally, developing comprehensive behaviour or behaviour-prevention programmes.

 

Learning outcomes - subject knowledge and skills

  • Knowledge of theory and processes of the design, evaluation and needs-based application of assistive technologies in healthcare
  • Specialized knowledge of the physical and mental requirements for an independent lifestyle of the healthy, the ill, the disabled and those in need of nursing care
  • Ability to reflect on social and economic developments which directly or indirectly affect changes in the health sector
  • Ability to independently plan and execute empirical health and social research projects
  • Ability to evaluate studies and reviews of new applications (therapies, diagnostics, etc.) in healthcare, including by using evidence-based health provision methods
     

Learning outcomes - transferable skills

  • Research skills for scientific work and writing (databank research, use of computer-based literature and knowledge management systems)
  • Academic communication skills (spoken and written)
  • Independent, criteria-based structuring of content and information
  • International experience (internship and/or study semester abroad)
  • Ability to work within project teams (teamworking and communication skills, conflict resolution skills, negotiation skills)
  • Project management skills
  • Consulting skills
  • Presentation skills, particularly in front of large audiences

Learning outcomes - employability skills

  • Consultation of developers of assistive technologies (research, development, sales)
  • Consultation and supervision of users of assistive technologies
  • Employment in healthcare institutions, healthcare networks, local authorities and special interest groups
  • Employment in occupational health promotion