The master's program in “Health Science – Prevention and Health Promotion” deals in greater depth with the bio-psycho-social approach to health. Of central significance here is the WHO’s definition of health: "a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." The degree program therefore focuses on the areas of health promotion and of prevention.
This specialization results for the current stage of development in which the health service finds itself: demographic change along with rising longevity, an increase in diseases of civilization, and mental abnormalities are causing the demands placed on health care specialists to change.
The significance of the health of every individual will continue to increase in a society where people tend to live longer, as will the significance of strategic interventions. This requires strategic development to reinforce individual resources, healthy diets, and specific physical activities that are suited to a given age group. In the process, a multidisciplinary approach must give due consideration to issues of gender and diversity, which must in turn be incorporated into communications skills and aired in society. In this way, groups such as those within companies can also be reached, as well as individuals. Therefore, this master's program does not only deal in theoretical terms with strategies from the sciences of nutrition, physical exercise, and psychology, but also enables students to deal with people facing various risk factors, or with groups of patients with very different diseases, in the context of interdisciplinary research projects.
For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation: