Application to the joint, consecutive Master of Science in Public Health

The application period for the consecutive master's program is from June 1st until July 15th of each year.

Prerequisite for admission is a bachelor degree in a field relevant to public health.

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Application

  • Applications are accepted between June 1st and July 15th for the joint, consecutive Master of Science in Public Health. We only accept electronic applications via online-application 
  • The application process is regulated in the Zugangs- und Zulassungssatzung (ZZO) MScPH (AMB Nr. 185 vom 14.03.2017).
  • Personal interviews as part of the application process take place on August 10 and 11, 2020 at Charité Campus Virchow (Forum 3).

Admission requirements

  • A completed bachelor degree with a minimum of 180 ECTS. The degree must be relevant to Public Health, but no specific bachelor 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 in 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.

Application Process

The application process requires you to

1. Enter your data in the online form of the University Information System of Charité (Online-Antrag auf Zulassung). The online form is only available between June 1st and July 15th. It is only available in German.

2. Send your supporting application documents (Transcript, 2x10 ECTS, Satement of Motivation) in PDF format by email to mscph-bewerbung@charite.de. 

3. Based on the Grade Point Average of their bachelors degree, 120 applicants are invited to a personal interview. The final applicant ranking for admission is determined by the interview. Personal interviews will take place on August 10 and 11, 2020 at Charité Campus Virchow (Forum 3).

Application Documents

Prerequisite for admission to the MScPH is a university degree with at least 180 ECTS (usually a bachelor) that has some relevance to public health. In order to ensure public health relevance, your prior course work must have included either human biology, statistics, political, economic or social sciences (proof of content proficiency). 

Please submit the following documents in PDF format via E-mail to mscph-bewerbung@charite.de between June 1 and July 15. Please give each PDF the suggested name:

a) University degree transcript of records with final (or preliminary) grade (Filename: Last name_First name_Certificate). Should a final certificate not be available, an interim Transcript of Records with date of issue is sufficient.

b) Proof of content proficiency (Filename: Last name_First name_2x10ECTS). At least 10 ECTS must have been earned in two of the following four subject areas:

  • Human Biology
  • Statistics / Biostatistics
  • Politics or Economics
  • Sociology or Social sciences

Courses listed on your transcript of records or other course certificates are acceptable proof of content proficiency. Please mark your transcript clearly, indicating which required subject area the course fulfills. The final decision as to whether a course meets the content proficiency requirements rests with the board of examinations when they process applications. Please understand that the office of student services can not answer questions about courses meeting content requirements. We recommend applying even if you are unsure about meeting content proficiency requirements.

c) Satement of motivation (File name: Last name_First name_Motivation)
The statement of motivation may not be more than 2 DIN A4 pages long. Please answer the following questions in your statement of motivation:

  • Why would you like to study Public Health?
  • What is the Public Health relevance of your previous degree?
  • Which of your previous courses do you see as especially important or helpful for your success in the Master of Science in Public Health program?
  • Public Health focuses on the health of populations. Which current Public Health challenges is of particular interest to you?
  • Which field of Public Health would you like to work in in the future?
  • How would you describe your strenghts and where do you see yourself making a contribution to Public Health?

Your statement of motivation is the basis for the personal selection interview.

If applicable:

d) Applicants who have not obtained a university entrance qualification (Abitur, High School or University Degree) from a German-speaking institution must demonstrate German language skills when applying. Further information can be found at www.charite.de/studium_lehre/bewerbung_zullassung/sprachketzten/ (file name: surname_first name_spoken language proof)

e) If you would like to recieve consideration for semesters where you have not been a student (Wartesemester): submit your exmatriculation certificate from the university most recently visited in Germany. (File name: Last name_First name_Exmatriculation)

f) If you would like to claim hardship: add an informal request to your regular application and submit by postal mail including all relevant documents (certified copies) by July 15 (cut-off period) .

Personal Interview

We look forward to getting to know you better through a personal interview! Invitations are extended to 120 applicants based on their grade point average. Since your individual strengths and suitability for a public health degree are not only defined by your grades, the interview gives you the opportunity to present your personal interests, competencies and special motivation in an exchange with two instructors from the MScPH program. Each interview is 30 minutes in length and your statement of motivation forms the basis for the conversation. We look forward to the exchange!

The final ranking for admission to the MScPH is determined by the grade point average of your previeous degree, the grade you recieve in the interview and, if applicable, additional qualifications (e.g. relevant internships, work experience, vocational training or international experience) you presented at the interview.

The personal interviews will take place August 10 and 11, 2020.

Ranking of Applications for Admission

We can admit approximately 60 students each year. To ensure equal opportunity, 5% of the study slots are reserved for applicants with exceptional hardship. Of the remaining study slots, 80% are allocation by qualifiction and 20% by waiting time and qualifaction.

  • Ranking by qualification is based on the grade point average of your previeous degree, the grade you recieve in the personal interview and, if applicable, additional qualifications (e.g. relevant internships, work experience, vocational training or international experience) you presented at the interview.
  • Ranking by waiting time takes a maximum of 6 semesters into consideration and is then based on ranking by qualification. 

Hardship application

Study places are allocated according to hardship if there are special health, family, disability or social reasons in your own person that make it necessary for you to start studying immediately.

  • Legal references: §§ 7, 7a BerlHZG; §§ 6, 8 and 15 BerlHZVO; § 6 of the Admission Statutes of the joint consecutive master's program in public health (ZZO).

To be consideren for hardship, please describe your situation in an informal letter and submit suitable supporting documents as certified copies. Please attach documents (certificates, expert opinions, specialist medical opinion, etc.) that make the circumstances mentioned in your letter plausible and comprehensible to the admissions board. Please bear in mind that we must apply strict standards when assessing and evaluating hardship aplications in the interest of equal opportunities for all applicants.

In addition to your online application with the necessary documents, the hardship application must be sent by post by 15th July (deadline) to the following address:

CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin
Referat Studienangelegenheiten
Zulassung
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin

Information is also available at https://www.charite.de/studium_lehre/bewerbung_zulassung/masterstudiengang_public_health_konsekutiv/

Consideration of waiting time

If you would like to recieve consideration for semesters where you have not been a student (Wartesemester) please submit your exmatriculation certificate from the university most recently visited in Germany.

Proof of German Language Proficiency

Applicants who have not studied (High School, Abitur or University Degree) at a German-speaking institution, must provide proof of German language proficiency with their application. 

Further information is available here.