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Consecutive Master Public Health (MScPH)

The consecutive MSc Public Health is an innovative research-oriented degree program:

  • 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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The consecutive Master of Science Public Health at BSPH:

  • is carried out in cooperation by CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences. The enrollment takes place at the Charité (registration figures of the previous year are published here),
  • usually 4 semesters (2 years) in full time,
  • includes 120 credit points (ECTS) according to the European Credit Transfer System,
  • is structured in modules: a total of 17 modules have to be accomplished in which theoretical and practical competences from different public health areas are taught. Some of the modules are conducted in English,
  • is an accredited degree program and is evaluated regularly.

About the consecutive Master program Public Health

Goals and Content

The Master Program qualifies the students to:

  • analyze and assess the health situation of populations as a whole and of specific populations at the municipal, regional and national levels as well as in an international comparison
  • identify the physical, mental, social and environmental conditions of health and disease and their interaction
  • analyze and evaluate the structure, costs and dynamics of health systems
  • evaluate health care structures and services as well as prevention and health promotion programs
  • plan, implement and utilize measures for health promotion and prevention as well as for curative, rehabilitative, nursing and palliative care
  • recognize public health problems or tasks and independently develop and formulate scientifically based approaches to solutions
  • the systematic consideration of gender and social differences in Public Health

Modular structure of the study program

Information about the modules

Basic Modules

The basic modules serve to create a balance of knowledge between the disciplines of origin of the students. As a rule, two of the four basic modules must be taken:

  • Medical Basics for Public Health
  • Statistical and epidemiological basics for Public Health
  • Political and economic foundations of the German Healthcare systems
  • Social Science fundamentals of disease and health

Core Modules

The two core modules (1) Disease Distribution and Solution Approaches and (2) Public Health Challenges and Answers serve to teach identification of the subject area, to raise ethical awareness for overarching public health issues and for current public health challenges (e.g. demographic change, globalization, climate change).

Advanced Modules

In the four areas

  • Methods (MET)
  • Public Health and its Determinants (PHD)
  • Health Politics and Economics (HPE)
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPP)

two modules must be taken at a time. These modules serve to deepen and expand scientific competences in the fields of research methods, determinants of health, health systems and health policy, health promotion and prevention.

The modules Health Policy and Economics (HPE1), Methods (MET 1+2) and Surveillance of Infectious Diseases (PHD2b) are taught in English.

Elective Modules

The elective modules serve for further specialization; as a rule, they can be freely chosen from the program of Berlin universities or other universities, also abroad, as long as they are related to Public Health. The examination board decides on these recognitions.


The Colloquium module serves to expand existing research competencies and to critically examine public health research results. It promotes the research and science orientation of the Master's program and supports the independent preparation of the Master's thesis.


Admission Requirements

Information to the admission requirements

  1. Bachelor with 180 ECTS, no specific Bacherlor's program required
  2. 10 ECTS in two of the following subject areas (2x10 ECTS):
    Human biology
    Statistics / Biostatistics
    Politics or Economics
    Sociology or Social Sciences
  3. Good command of English. The literature is mostly in English and some courses are held in English.

Information material (in German)

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.

Student Services

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