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Master Programs for Professionals at the Berlin School of Public Health

Get qualifyed for leading positions in health care through a Master program in part-time especially designed for professionals:

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science in Epidemiology

Benefit from a modular course structure and the knowledge of experts with extensive practical experience.

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Target groups and career prospects

The programs are aimed at students with professional experience (mid-career professionals) in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences and medicine. The structure and organisation of the programs enable students to work part-time during their studies.

Career prospects are offered to graduates in particular in the following areas

  • Health services research
  • Applied health science research
  • Epidemiology
  • Health economics
  • Prevention and health promotion
  • Healthcare Management
  • Health policies

"Studying alongside work and learning intensively new content and methodological topics was very exciting for me, but at the same time challenging. The cooperation with my fellow students from different professional backgrounds was a particularly enriching experience" (Kathrin G., graduate Master of Science Epidemiology).

What is Public Health?

Public Health, also called health sciences, deals in practice, research and teaching with the conditions for health and the coping with disease, as far as they are based on the natural, technical and social environment of humans.

Various factors influence the health situation of a population. The health system, the care structures, the financing of health services, political and social framework conditions and also the health behavior of the population play a decisive role. Public Health is an interdisciplinary subject that develops solutions for improving the health situation of society as a whole through scientific cooperation between various disciplines. The current tasks of Public Health are to combine health research, social medicine, health system and health care research as well as health-related technology assessment.

For Public Health, epidemiological methods are used to analyze the political and economic framework conditions of a population group at the population level in a health-related manner, to examine the systems of health care, to consider the interactions between people and their environment, to research the social structures and health-related behavior patterns of society, and to consider the implementation of medical findings in society as a whole.

Public Health has a health-promoting and disease-preventing orientation. The interactive cooperation of different disciplines offers starting points for their implementation. Human biology identifies and recognizes the diseases of our time. Quantitative disciplines such as epidemiology and statistics allow us to identify the spread of diseases in populations and risk groups beyond the individual. The social sciences offer insights into social, economic and political structures that influence the health status of population groups. Health-related behaviors and different lifestyles can be further explained by disciplines such as psychology. Educational sciences offer strategies to implement knowledge about health and public health concepts such as empowerment in different population groups.

Public Health is practice-oriented. It is part of the list of tasks of Public Health to work in real conditions and to influence and change them. This can be done by adopting management functions in the health care sector, participating at the political level or by researching, evaluating and disseminating health science concepts.

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 framework 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 evaluation of research studies.  Epidemiological research results form the scientific evidence for the planning of public health interventions.

Epidemiology is application-oriented. 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 Master programs for professionals

  Master of Science in Epidemiology Master of Public Health Master of Science in Applied Epidemiology
Admission requirements University degree 240 ECTS or equivalent e.g. Master, Diploma/Magister (University or University of Applied sciences), State exam (license to practice medicine), Bachelor with 240 ECTS, Qualified work experience (min. 1 year), English proficiency Exam or Diploma, 240 ECTS or equivalent, e.g. Master, Diploma/Magister (University or University of Applied sciences, State exam (approbation), Bachelor with 240 ECTS, Qualified work experience (min. 1 year), English proficiency Admission to post-graduate studies "Applied Epidemiology" at Robert Koch-Institute, completed studies of human medicine or in justified individual cases also in related courses of study, Expertise in Public Health and/or epidemiologic methods, Qualified work experience (min. 1 year)
ECTS 60 ECTS 60 ECTS 120 ECTS
Study duration Part time 2 years = 4 semesters Part time 2 years = 4 semesters Full time 2 years = 4 semesters
Fees Module fees € 10.200 (+ semester fee) Module fees € 10.200 (+ semester fee)  
Language of instruction German and English German and English German and English
Start of Studies annually to the winter semester mid of October annually to the winter semester mid of October annually to the winter semester Sept. 15th
Application deadline May 15th (later application on request) May 15th (later application on request) April (please contact RKI)
Degree awarded MSc MPH MSc

The principal language of instruction in the Masters programs is German.
We are working on expanding our modules in English language and few modules are already taught in English but German proficiency is needed to apply for the program.
The Berlin School of Public Health offers several courses in English, please have a look at our Intensive Short courses.

Participation in selected modules only
It is possible to participate only in selected modules as a guest. The costs are calculated on the basis of the ECTS obtained. A fee of €250,- is charged per ECTS (€170 for students and doctoral students).

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 / public health is deepened.

Student Services

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