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Master of Science in Public Health (consecutive)

The joint, consecutive Master of Science in Public Health is an innovative, research-oriented degree program in which Alice Salomon Hochschule, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin each contribute their respective expertise:

  • around 60 students enrolled each year
  • starts each winter semester
  • standard period of full-time study: 4 semesters (2 years)
  • 120 ECTS.

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Key Facts MScPH

The consecutive Master of Science in Public Health at the BSPH is:

  • A joint collaboration between Alice Salomon Hochschule, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin
  • Enrollment is at the Charité. Student enrollment numbers (about 60) can be found here.
  • Requires 4 semesters (2 years) of full time study and encompasses 120 credit points (ECTS) according to the European Credit Transfer System
  • Consists of a total of 17 modules that convey theoretical and practical competences from a variety of public health domains.
  • The language of instruction in most modules is German, but some of the modules ( Public Health Research Methods (MET1), Epidemiology and Public Health Research Methods (MET2) and Health Economics / Health Technology Assessment (HPE2b) are taught in English.
  • The program is an accredited academic program and is evaluated regularly.

About the Master of Science in Public Health

Learning Objectives

The Master of Science in Public Health qualifies students to:

  • analyze and assess the health situation of populations as a whole and of specific subpopulations at the community, regional and national and global level
  • identify the physical, mental, social and environmental factors that affect health and illness
  • analyze and evaluate the structure, costs and dynamics of health systems
  • evaluate health care systems and services as well as prevention and health promotion programs
  • plan, implement and manage intervention measures for health promotion and prevention 
  • recognize and detect public health problems independently and develop scientifically sound approaches or solutions
  • give systematic consideration to gender and social inequalities in Public Health policy

1. Semester: Schedule und modules

In the first semester, the identification with the subject area, an ethical sensitization for overriding public health issues and a presentation of current challenges of public health are achieved via the first core module. In addition, the module HPP1 - Prevention and Health Promotion and MET1 - Empirical Research Methods for Public Health are mandatory. The study structure endeavours to establish a balance of knowledge between the disciplines of origin of the students via the basic modules in the first semester. The basic modules reflect the subject areas that had to be proven in the application. Students attend basic modules in the two subjects that they did not present in their application.

Mandatory modules:

  • Core module 1 - Burden of Disease and Public Health Action
  • MET1 - Public Health Research Methods (in English)
  • HPP1 - Health Promotion and Disease Prevention - interdisciplinary challenges

Two out of four basic modules:

  • Introductory module 1 -  Introduction to Public Health Biology
  • Introductory module 2 -  Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Introductory module 3 -  Introduction to Policy, Economics and the German Health Care System
  • Introductory module 4 -  Introduction to Sociology of Health and Illness

 

2. Semester: Schedule and modules

The second semester is particularly challenging due to the five focus modules to be taken and serves to deepen and expand scientific competencies. The compulsory modules are PHD1 - Health and Society, HPE1 - Health Systems and MET2 - Epidemiology and Public Health Research Methods. In addition, students must choose two further modules. In the area of health determinants, either PHD2a - Environmental Health or PHD2b - Infectious Diseases Surveillance are available. In the second elective module, students can choose between HPP2a - Health promotion and HPP2b - Prevention.

Mandatory modules:

  • PHD1 - Health and Society
  • HPE1 - Health Systems (in English)
  • MET2 - Epidemiology and Public Health Research Methods (in English)

Electives:

  • PHD2a - Environmental Health or PHD2b - Infectious Diseases Surveillance
  • HPP2a - Health Promotion or HPP2b - Prevention

3. Semester: Schedule and modules

In the third semester, the focus is on preparing the Master's thesis. The Core 2 module gives students the opportunity to discuss research topics for the Master's thesis. The lectures are held by actors in the health care system and are intended to present current challenges in public health. In the accompanying seminars, students develop exemplary research projects (including study design, data basis and evaluation method). The research projects developed can be further implemented in the master thesis.

In addition, a final compulsory elective module from the MScPH must be completed. Either HPE 2b - Health Economics / Health Technology Assessment or HPE 2a - Management of Health Organisations and Health Systems must be chosen from the modules in the area of Health Economics and Health Policy for which the TU is responsible.

The remaining 18 ECTS of the semester can be completed freely via in-depth modules. This serves the individual specialisation and the development of own interests. A total of 18 ECTS modules can be freely chosen from the interdisciplinary elective range of other universities in Berlin, Germany or abroad, provided they are related to Public Health. Furthermore, an internship or a relevant student collaboration can be claimed for up to 6 ECTS credits.

Mandatory modules:

  • Core module 2 -  Addressing Public Health Challenges of the 21st century

Electives TU Berlin:

  • HPE 2b - Health Economics / Health Technology Assessment or HPE 2a - Management of Health Organisations and Health Systems

Electives ASH:

  • ASHV MET - Diversity-sensitive care and research-based learning
  • ASHV HPP3 -  Quality development for complex interventions in health promotion and prevention

The mobility window for a stay abroad is also planned for the 3rd semester.  A stay abroad within the framework of your studies expands your horizon of experience and offers exciting opportunities for acquiring specialist, cultural and linguistic skills. The stay abroad via Erasmus offers a supervised and financed study exchange in a European context. The Erasmus Office of the Charité coordinates the applications for the Erasmus exchange (https://erasmus.charite.de). The application deadline is 30 November for a stay in the following year. Independently of Erasmus, stays abroad can also take place outside Europe and through other sources of funding. These must be organised and financed independently by students, as there is no advice and support available.

 

4. Semester: Schedule and modules

The fourth semester is devoted to the Master's thesis. In the Master's thesis, students demonstrate that they can work on a clearly defined topic or problem on public health-relevant questions independently and scientifically within the specified period of 6 months. Students are encouraged to publish their Master's theses - provided they are of the appropriate quality. In principle, the Master's thesis is conceived as an empirical research project in the form of a monograph. A research question is derived from the presentation of the state of research, a suitable study design or methodological approach is identified, data is analysed, results are presented and discussed in the scientific context. The colloquium accompanies the Master's thesis.

Mandatory module:

Colloquium - Colloquium for the Master Thesis

Information about admission requirements

  • A completed bachelor degree with a minimum of 180 ECTS. The degree must be relevant to Public Health, but no specific bacherlor program is required.
  • The bachelor degree must have containted coursework in two of the following four subject areas. A minimum of 10 ECTS must have been earned each of the two fields (2x10 ECTS): 
    • Human biology
    • Statistics / Biostatistics
    • Politics or Economics
    • Sociology or Social Sciences
  • German language proficiency and a good command of English. Most courses are taught in German but the literature is mostly in English and some courses are taught in English.

Master Thesis at BSPH

In the Master thesis, students demonstrate the knowledge acquired in the course of study and the ability to work independently and scientifically. Theoretical and practical knowledge in a special field of health sciences and public health is deepened.

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