Master's Programs for Professionals at the BSPH

Enhance your qualifications for leadership positions in the health field through a continuing education (post-graduate) Master's degree in Epidemiology.

The programs target mid-career professionals and have a flexible modular structure.

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Target Audience

The continuing education (post-graduate) Master's programs are aimed at students with professional experience (mid-career professionals) from the social sciences, natural sciences and medicine.

  • The Master of Science in Epidemiology is offered by the Institute of Public Health (IPH), Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin via the BSPH platform. The flexible structure and organisation of the program enables students to work part-time while pursuing their postgraduate degree.The program has a strong research and methodological focus. The extensive collaborations with public health and health policy institutions ensure that coursework reflects current developments in research and scientific professional practice.
  • The Master of Science in Applied Epidemiology is offered by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) via the BSPH platform. The two year program targets MDs and is integrated into a full time research position at the RKI. 

The continuing education Master of Public Health (MPH) was offered at the BSPH from 2007 to 2020. With the establishment of the consecutive Master of Science in Public Health (MScPH), the MPH was disconitued. We congratulate all MPH graduates and thank the many collaborating instructors and lecturers who made the program such a success.

"Working part time and studying new content and challenging methodological topics was an intense and exciting experience for me. Interacting with fellow students from different professional backgrounds made the experience particularly enriching." (Kathrin G., graduate,  Master of Science in Epidemiology).

What is Epidemiology?

Epidemiology is a core discipline of public health. It deals with the distribution of health and disease in populations and with the factors influencing this distribution. Clinical and social risk factors play a decisive role in the health situation of a population. Clinical factors come from medicine. Social factors include the health system, health care structures, political and social conditions and the individual health behavior of groups of people.

In epidemiological research, data is collected and evaluated using statistical methods in order to find connections between exposure or risk factors and a disease or state of health. Epidemiology brings together methods and findings from medicine, statistics, social and natural sciences and deals with the planning, implementation and publication of research studies.  Epidemiological research results form the scientific evidence that then informs public health policy and interventions.

Epidemiology is an applied science. Epidemiologists investigate practical aspects of health and disease that allow us to identify the spread of diseases in populations and risk groups beyond the individual.

Languages of instruction

The language of instruction in the Master of Science in Epidemiology is English.
The Master of Science in Applied Epidemiology at the RKI has modules both in English and in German.

Course participation without enrollment

It is possible to participate in selected modules or Intensive Short Courses without enrollment. The module fees are based on the ECTS acquired (€250 per ECTS / €170 for students and doctoral students).

Student Services

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