Master's Programs for Professionals at the BSPH

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

The programs are especially designed for mid career professionals and have a flexible modular structure.

The postgraduate Master of Public Health is not accepting new students for the winter semester 2020/2021 and the program is being phased out. Please consider applying for the consecutive Master of Science in Public Health. 

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Target Audience

The continuing education (executive) 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 executive 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. 

"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 Public Health?

Public Health, a field that is part of the health sciences, is concerned with improving the health of people on the population level. Public Health research and practice looks at the broader picture to determine which factors contribute to poor health and how to avoid or improve them.

Current challenges in Public Health include 

  • demographic change, i.e. aging, migration and urbanization
  • social change, i.e. new family structures, single households, changes in poverty risk and social inequality
  • technological change, i.e. medical progress, dititalization, new media, big data, personalized medicine
  • environmental changes, i.e. climate change and its ecological consequences, pollution of air, soil and water, new parasites and infectious diseases

There are a number of factors that simultaneously come to bear on the health of populations. The economic, political and social environment provide a backdrop that is dependent on macro economics and national politics. The physical environment poses basic risks or advantages to human health. Factors that we can change on a societal level within the health sector are the health system, its financing and care structures. There are other factors such as age or genetic predisposition that may not be malleable. Finally, we can try to change a person's individual health behavior. Public Health is an interdisciplinary field that tries to find ways to improve the health situation of groups of people or societies as a whole through targeted interventions and by encouraging a coordinated approach between various sectors and disciplines.


Public Health is aimed at reducing social inequality. Public Health strives to promote health and prevent disease in all population groups. The interdisciplinary approach relies on human biology to identify, diagnose and treat diseases. Epidemiological methods are used to analyse risk factors associated with poor health, disease or health outcome. The social sciences offer insights into social, economic and political structures that influence health status and psychology helps us understand individual health behavior as well as lifestyle factors affecting health. Finally, the educational sciences offer strategies to convey knowledge about health to population groups of all ages.

Public Health is practice-oriented. One of the characteristics of Public Health is to work under real world conditions so as to influence and change them. This contributes to the wide array of carreer opportunities in public health that range from public policy, planning, management, research and activism!

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.

Overview of the BSPH Master's programs for professionals


Master of Science in Epidemiology

Master of Public Health *no longer accepting students*

Master of Science in Applied Epidemiology

Admission requirements

University degree 240 ECTS or equivalent (four years of full time study), Qualified work experience (min. 1 year). Language proficiency in English

University degree 240 ECTS or equivalent (four years of full time study), Qualified work experience (min. 1 year), Language proficiency in German and English

Admission to the post-graduate program "Applied Epidemiology" at Robert Koch-Institute, completed medical degree, experience in public health and/or epidemiology, qualified work experience (min. 1 year)




120 ECTS

Study duration

Fulltime or Part time

1 year/ 2 years

Part time

2 years = 4 semesters

Full time

2 years = 4 semesters

Tuition and Fees

Tuition € 10.200 (+ university enrollment fees per semester)

Tuition € 10.200 (+ university enrollment fees per semester)


Language of instruction


German and English

German and English

Start of Studies

annually in the winter semester

no new admissions

annually in the winter semester

Application deadline

Early admission May 15th, later applications are processed as received

no new admissions

April (please contact RKI)

Degree awarded




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.

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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