Master of Science

Applied Health Promotion

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What keeps people healthy?

How should working conditions be designed to keep employees healthy and motivated for decades? What opportunities does digitalisation offer for health promotion? What can be done to improve medical care in rural areas? If you find these questions interesting, our master's degree in Applied Health Promotion is the right course for you.

  • ECTS: 90 ECTS
  • Programme duration: 3 semesters
  • Campus: Furtwangen
  • Faculty: Health, Safety, Society
  • Programme begins: summer semester (March), winter semester (October)
  • Application deadline: 15 January (summer semester), 15 July (winter semester)
  • Entry requirements: university degree in health sciences or related discipline
  • Teaching language: German
  • Accreditation: yes (accredited through the university system accreditation)
  • Room for individuality What interests you most? Community health promotion, health promotion in a global context (global health), digitalisation in healthcare (e-health), health services research - your individual profile makes it possible!
  • Make the world a better place How should the healthcare system be organised to ensure quality-assured care across the board for all population groups? How can the health skills of vulnerable target groups in particular be strengthened?
  • Who is our programme for? Our degree programme is open to anyone with a bachelor's degree in health sciences or the health professions (e.g., nursing, physiotherapy) or similar (e.g., health education) or similar.
  • Workplace relevant This master's degree programme is characterised by the combination of scientific research and practice-oriented application. You work on real cases and projects during your studies - the best preparation for the job!

Details of the programme

Programme content and structure

Future-oriented content

Health promotion aims to strengthen people's health resources and reduce existing burdens. The focus here is on the various factors that influence health. Social, economic and physical environmental conditions are among the relevant determinants, alongside individual lifestyle factors. By studying with us, you will learn to develop, implement and evaluate needs-based and evidence-based concepts for individual and setting-related health promotion, or to optimise existing ones. The master's degree in Applied Health Promotion deals with health-related topics at a regional and global level. It also examines the healthcare system with all stakeholders involved.

Programme structure

If you study full-time, your course will last three semesters.
Talk to us if you would like to study part-time or need a timetable tailored to your personal situation.

Projects and electives

In the first and second semesters, the research project and a compulsory elective module give you the opportunity to work on very practical issues in line with your interests. The Research Project module, gives you the opportunity to work on a specific question over two semesters, often in cooperation with one of our many practice partners – ideal preparation for future professional activities and just one example of practical transfer during the course.

Entry requirements

You'd like to apply for a place on the Applied Health Promotion course? You can find all the important information in our Download file:Admission Regulations. You need a university degree in health sciences or related subjects and should be able to demonstrate a good command of English.

You must apply via our online application portal.
You must first register there. 

AGF specifics

Where theory becomes practice

We have very well-equipped laboratories and practical rooms on our campus in Furtwangen. The Future Care Lab focuses on the development of technical assistance systems, and in the Multi-professional Skills Lab, for example, we have an exercise room, a teaching kitchen, a hospital room and a nursing room. Sounds good? Then come and join us!

What's included

Special features

The study programme that suits your life circumstances

Flexible Master's degree

Studying is a full-time job - normally. Our master's degree programme can also be studied part-time and thus offers a flexible model that fits into different life phases and situations! The course is organised in a different way and stretched out accordingly. Whether you are working, raising children or cannot study full-time for other reasons – we are happy to advise you!


Your career prospects

With a degree in Applied Health Promotion, you can comfortably take on specialist and management roles in authorities and organisations (e.g., health insurance companies or associations), in occupational health management (OHM) in companies, in educational and research institutions, as well as in the planning of individual health promotion measures in the private sector and in small and medium-sized organisations.

Where do your graduates work?

They work...

  • in the occupational health management of companies (BGM)
  • in health advice/health education, e.g., at municipal advice centres or health insurance companies
  • in quality assurance in the healthcare sector, e.g., for healthcare institutions and social insurance providers
  • in health promotion, e.g., for health authorities, associations or other municipal organisations
  • in project management, e.g., for health insurance companies or healthcare facilities such as hospitals and care centres
  • in health science research and teaching, e.g., in universities or research institutes

One example from professional practice

Health Promotion Master: What keeps people healthy? (I5250)

"My responsibilities as a project manager in the Integrated Care Department at Gesundes Kinzigtal GmbH are quite varied. In addition to active project management in various research projects, I'm also responsible for acquiring new projects and quality management, and I'm involved in marketing. I organise events and drive digitalisation forward at our company. At the same time, I have the opportunity to develop my skills continuously, for example by attending conferences and training courses."

Nathalie Haas, Applied Health Promotion graduate

Hi, I'm Janine and I'm taking a master's degree in AGF. I previously studied Applied Health Sciences at HFU. Please get in touch if you have any questions at
Janine, Student embassador AGF/AGW

Faculty of Health, Safety, Society

The Faculty of Health, Safety, Society is the perfect place to start your career in health, social care and safety! With the knowledge gained from studying with us, you can help improve the health and safety of individuals and communities. You make the difference!

With us, you will be trained in state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories.

Our faculty is one of the strongest in research at HFU and often collaborates with other faculties.

Internal link opens in the same window:Find out more about the Faculty of Health, Safety, Society (GSG)

We see it as our mission to contribute to a healthy and safe life for all population groups through our research activities and results, and to meet current and future challenges with innovative solutions. To this end, we work on research and transfer projects with cooperation and practice partners in the region.

We involve our students in research projects as part of study projects and bachelor's or master's theses. We also offer committed young academics the opportunity to complete a doctorate. 

We have dedicated an entire research focus to the topic of health at HFU. Click here to see the Internal link opens in the same window:current research projects in this area.

Your future is important to us. Contact us for advice.

Your key contacts

  •  Prof. Dr. Melanie Schnee
    Prof. Dr. Melanie Schnee Dean of Studies Applied Health Promotion (MSc)
  •  Liane Kochendörfer
    Liane Kochendörfer Faculty Office