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Structure of the degree program

The standard duration of the program is two years (four semesters), including all exams. The study program takes place in a one year cycle. The academic year begins every winter semester. In general, classes and lectures take place on four weekdays (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) between 8am and 8pm.

The Master?s degree program Public Health received accreditation from the German accreditation agency AHPGS in December 2007. Thus, for all students who entered the program beginning in the winter semester 2008/2009, the subject-specific provisions from October 1st 2008, with changes from June 1st 2012 apply to them. The following information gives an overview of the provisions from June 1st 2012.

  • In the first Master?s semester, students are introduced to compulsory modules. The aim is to ensure that the students reach a uniform level of knowledge and to familiarize them with all areas of the program.
  • The second semester is comprised of both compulsory and optional modules. In the first year, students are introduced to the disciplinary basic principles of the of health sciences activities.br /> Beginning in the second year, students will learn about concepts, methods and design possibilities for addressing health challenges.
  • In the third semester, students choose, within the context of the existing range of course options, their own focus from project proposals in the research internship/research project.
  • In the fourth semester (the final module), students carry out their own research proposals and write their Master of Science in Public Health thesis. Jointly, students participate in a colloquium.
  • To add depth to their profile, students attend courses and events relevant to their individual emphasis. Students with a European or international research focus are also welcome to attend courses and events focusing on International/European Public Health and to earn the add-on degree of European Master in Public Health.

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