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Would you like to add an international perspective to your studies, optimize your foreign language skills, establish international contacts and get to know new cultures?

In the following, we inform you about both faculty-internal and university-wide offerings that you can take advantage of in response to the growing importance of international aspects and topics in the education of public health professionals. These offerings are designed to prepare you for a career in an international context

The Master‘s in Public Health (M.Sc.) degree program already provides for comprehensive elective options in the second and third subject-related semester, offering a broad spectrum of content relevant to public health.

Starting with the winter semester 2023/24, the existing Master’s in Public Health will be complemented by a new profile called "International Perspectives on Public Health (IPPH)". This profile will have an international focus in response to the growing importance of international aspects and topics in the education of public health professionals. In order to successfully implement the new profile, entirely new English-language modules with international content have been designed. Existing modules have been further developed in terms of content. Some or all of the courses in these modules are taught in English, and the required coursework and examinations are conducted in English. In addition, an English-language Master’s thesis with an international focus is planned.

The following modules are components of the International Perspectives on Public Health profile. Current updates on the courses as well as the study and examination requirements are specified in the relevant descriptions in the electronic course catalogue ( ekVV ).

Summer semester

  • 40-MPH-7-INT - International Perspectives of Public Health: Professional and English language skills
  • 40-MPH-7a - Health Policy and Health Systems Research - Advanced
  • 40-MPH-7d - Health Behavior and Health Education - Advanced
  • 40-MPH-25 - Master's Colloquium and Master's Thesis International Perspectives of Public Health

Winter semester

  • 40-MPH-8a - Epidemiological Study Designs and Statistical Methods
  • 40-MPH-8j - Global Health
  • 40-MPH-8k - Primary health and long-term care
  • 40-MPH-8l - Cross-cultural and international perspectives for evidence-based health campaigns

Individual subsidiary subjects

  • 40-MPH-PRAK - Supplementary module internship

Internships offer a good opportunity to gain practical experience abroad during the course of study. The compulsory internships provided for in the bachelor's program in Health Communication (Modules 40-M11 and 40-M24) can also be completed abroad as an option. Starting in the winter semester 2023/24, the individual subsidiary subjects in the master's program in Public Health will include the option of undertaking an internship with an international focus.

If you have any questions about internships abroad, Ms. Lena Schumann will be happy to answer them. In addition, information about financing options for internships abroad can be obtained from the International Office.

The "Europa Intensiv"-program offers students the possibility of studying the European Union and the process of European integration from an interdisciplinary perspective as well as receiving guidance on professional activity. The two-semester program can be chosen as one of the individual subsidiary subjects and includes an internship to be completed in another European country that fulfills the requirements for the compulsory internship 40-M24. Specific information on current application options and deadlines can be found on the program's website.

The Fachsprachenzentrum [Language Centre] at Bielefeld University offers a variety of foreign language courses at different levels of proficiency. Internationally recognized certificates such as UNIcert® and DAAD [German Academic Exchange Service] can also be obtained here. Further information is available directly from the FSZ.

The Bielefeld Global Health Initiative "BiGHI" is a university association founded by public health students to address global health issues. The aim is to offer interested students a platform for regular exchanges and networking. The association’s activities include, for example:

  • the organization of presentations and discussions with experts
  • Information processing and provision for students
  • Non-university networking

Would you like to learn more about BiGHI, actively contribute your ideas and join the university group? Then send us a message!

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