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M.Sc. Public Health

Public Health is an independent and interdisciplinary empirical science. While medicine as a discipline concentrates on the wellbeing of individuals, Public Health examines which factors promote health or prevent diseases on the population level. As an interdisciplinary subject, Public Health is interested in the biological mechanisms underlying health and diseases as well as in the environment, sociological and political processes and frameworks that may contribute to these. Public Health specialists investigate the causes and prevalence of global diseases, develop and evaluate health promotion programmes and research the links between poverty or air pollution and health. Furthermore, they estimate the cost of diseases and analyse strengths and weaknesses of health care systems.

A master’s degree in Public Health opens up a variety of career opportunities. Our students gain theoretical knowledge, practical skills and key competencies qualifying them to work in the broad field of Public Health. Upon graduation, many alumni continue working in research, often entering an academic career path by pursuing a PhD degree. Another career path very popular among our alumni is provided by the job openings in Public Health institutions at the local, regional, national or international level. Many of our alumni also take up employment opportunities in health tech companies, in health insurance, in the field of workplace health promotion or in the pharmaceutical sector.

Please note that all core lecture and courses are held in German. Within the elective modules, students have the opportunity to choose courses offered in English. For more information regarding our master’s programme in Public Health, you can download our booklet "10 Reasons to Study Public Health" or visit our German website.