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Master's Programs for Professionals at the BSPH

Enhance your qualifications for leadership positions in health care through a continuing education (executive) Master's program.

  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Science in Epidemiology (MSc Epidemiology)

These programs are especially designed for professionals and have a flexible modular structure. Language of instruction is German and English.

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Target Audience

The continuing education (executive) Master's programs

  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Science in Epidemiology (MSc Epidemiology)

are aimed at students with professional experience (mid-career professionals) from the social sciences, natural sciences and medicine. The structure and organisation of the program enables students to work part-time while pursuing their executive degrees.The prgrams have a strong research and methodological focus. Our extensive collaborations with institutions from public health and the health care sector ensure a qualification tailored to the needs of scientific professional practice.

The continuing education programs are offered by the Institute for Public Health (IPH), Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin via the BSPH plattform.

"Working part time and studying new content and challending 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).

The Master of Science in Applied Epidemiology is offered at the Robert Koch Institute via the BSPH plattform.

 

What is Public Health?

Public Health, a field that is part of the health sciences, in 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, 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 can be affected specifically by the health sector are the health system, its financing and care structures. Then there are factors such as age or genetic predisposition as well as a person's individual health behavior. Public Health is an interdisciplinary field that develops solutions for improving the health situation of societies as a whole by ensuring 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 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 (four years of full time study), Qualified work experience (min. 1 year), Language proficiency in German and 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)
    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
    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 German and English
    Start of Studies annually in the winter semester mid October annually in the winter semester mid October annually in the winter semester Sept. 15th
    Application deadline Early admission May 15th, later applications are processed as received Early admission May 15th, later applications are processed as received April (please contact RKI)
    Degree awarded MSc MPH MSc

    The principal language of instruction in the Master's programs is German and English.
    Core methods modules are taught in English but many of the other modules are in German. German language proficiency is required when applying for the program.
    The Berlin School of Public Health offers several short courses in English. Please have a look at our Intensive Short courses.

    Participation in selected modules only
    It is possible to participate in selected modules without enrollment (auditing). The module fees are based on the ECTS acquired (€250,- per ECTS / €170 for students and doctoral students).

    Student Services

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