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Health Science – Prevention and Health Promotion

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The master’s program in Health Science – Prevention and Health Promotion is devoted to the bio-psycho-social approach to health.

Department of Sport and Health Sciences

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • English
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

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:

How is the program structured?

The course of studies consists of 6 central units: 

  • Health Science Research
  • Research Methods
  • Applied Research
  • Complementary Subjects
  • Free Electives
  • Master´s Thesis

Every unit offers tuition in specialist and methodological skills from different health sectors for access to prevention and health promotion by the combination of different disciplines in a holistic approach. Every unit combines theoretical knowledge with practical applications for different target groups. 

The first unit runs over two semesters and fosters a concept of health promotion that exceeds disease prevention by strengthening personal resources, as well as behavioral and environmental factors. Additionally, students can customize their studies in order to focus on a specialist area: "Physical Activity", "Nutrition" or "Psychology". These electives provide the students with methodological knowledge in natural science and sociological prevention research, and leads to practical applications in a scientific context in the following semester. 

The second unit focuses on research methods. "Study Design; Ethics" provides a closer look at research and ethical guidelines from different scientific experts. The students may choose to enroll in "Advanced Statistics", "Qualitative Research Methods" or "Scientific Data Processing". 

The third unit offers different electives. Besides transfer of knowledge and methodological testing, the students are given guidance in going through all the steps of their research projects in project teams. Two of the following fields of research may be chosen: 

  • Cardiovascular/metabolic Health and Disorders
  • Diversity and Health
  • Mental Health and Disorder
  • Neurological Health and Disorders
  • Orthopedic Health and Disorders

The fourth unit offers customized studies in "Complementary Subjects". These subjects prepare students for different professional settings. This unit allows specialization in one professional context or the option of interdisciplinary courses. 

The fifth unit further enables individualized development. Students have the option of enrolling in additional modules, courses in other subjects, or including extracurricular qualifications. It is also possible to enroll in a third elective from the module "Applied Research". 

The course of studies concludes after the 4th semester with the master's thesis. The master's thesis carries 30 credits, and should be started after all modules from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd semesters have been successfully passed. Maximum processing time is 6 months.

What is the language of instruction?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient English language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your English language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.  

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is English.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

Graduates are able to convey knowledge of health science to specific target groups and thus contribute to maintaining a healthy society. In concrete terms, you can apply your interdisciplinary knowledge in the communication and realization of health promotion and of prevention, whether relating to individuals or groups. A holistic vocational education and training enables you to combine knowledge from the areas of nutrition, physical exercise, and psychology, and to apply it to socially relevant questions.

You are able to choose, develop, and promote customized strategies so as to increase the target group’s resilience. In the process, you take into consideration concepts of participation and diversity. You are able to develop, organize, and implement best-practice approaches to health promotion and, in the process, incorporate social, cultural, and behavioral factors.

Graduates can conduct both field and laboratory research in the core area of health promotion and prevention. You are not only able to independently develop, implement, and evaluate study designs, but also to assume a consultative role as experts in your field. You can assess the costs, uses, and efficacy of international health programs, and scrutinize the feasibility of studies. Your knowledge of international quality standards enables you to critique health concepts and programs. 

Given your experience and discipline-specific knowledge, you are in a position to develop evidence-based principles for enhancing health strategies and, at the same time, to take into consideration both guidelines concerning good (clinical) practice and ethical perspectives. You can adapt these approaches to different settings (such as kindergartens, companies), populations, and age groups. Further, you are in a position to apply current research results in the context of translational research, while taking into consideration quality standards.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

  • Leadership and/or advisory function in clinics, hospitals, prevention and rehabilitation centers or care homes 
  • Leadership and/or advisory function in occupational health promotion or in health promotion of children (kindergarden, schools etc.) 
  • Advisory function for pension, health or care insurances, associations or clubs 
  • Research in scientific institutions (e.g. universities, research institutes) 
  • Research in companies with medical focus
  • Advisory function in ministries (e.g. Committee on Health), authorities (e.g. Federal Center for Health Education, Robert-Koch-Institute) and foundations (e.g. Hanns-Seidel-Foundation e.V.) 
  • Public planning, design and evaluation of health on communal, federal state, national and international levels 
  • Coordination function in other institutions, e.g. adult education centers  

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply?

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

Which documents do I need to submit for enrollment?

We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

What application deadlines do I need to meet?

Application period for winter semester: 01.01. - 31.05.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.

In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admittedrejected or invited to an admissions interview.

Where can I find the online application portal?

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.

Do I have to complete an internship?

As an application requirement for the master’s program it is necessary to prove evidence of a successfully passed vocational internship (min. 8 weeks) before taking up the studies. Proof has to be given to the Department's Student Advisory Office no later than five weeks after the start of lectures. The Department's Examination Board examines vocational qualifications on the basis of the Professional Qualifications Directive. Internships passed during an undergraduate degree will be recognized. 

Additional Information

You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

If you are interested in continuing your studies,  you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.

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