The standard duration of studies is two years (four semesters), including all examinations. Courses are offered on an annual basis. The academic year begins in the winter semester. The courses are usually offered four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) between the hours 8:00-20:00.
The Master of Public Health was accredited in December 2007 by the Accreditation Agency for Degree Programmes in Special Education, Care, Health and Social Work (AHPGS). Therefore, for students who began their studies in the winter semester 2008/2009, the subjects-specific provisions of 01.10.2008, amended on 01.06.2012, apply. The following statements provide an overview as of 06/01/2012.
- In the first semester, students attend compulsory modules. These aim to lead students to a uniform level of knowledge and to offer them the opportunity to experience all areas available.
- The second semester consists of compulsory modules and elective modules. The first-year students get to know the disciplinary foundations for academic work in the health field. Beginning with the second year of studies, concepts, methods and design options for health challenges are taught.
- In the third semester, students choose courses offered through the existing specializations and work towards their own focus of planned projects in practicing research.
- The fourth semester (end cap) places the students into their own research projects, and students must write a thesis in order to obtain the Master of Science in Public Health. Students attend an accompanying seminar.
- To deepen their course profile, students take part in courses for completion of the individual supplementary studies area. Students with an interest in European and international research orientation can take part in additional events with a focus on International / European Public Health, thereby acquiring the additional title of European Master in Public Health.