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Health Science – Prevention and Health Promotion

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Im Mittelpunkt des Masterstudiengangs Health Science steht die Definition der WHO von Gesundheit als Summe physischen, mentalen und sozialen Wohlbefindens. Der Schwerpunkt liegt auf Gesundheitsförderung und Vorsorge. Die Unterrichtssprache ist Englisch.

Fakultät für Sport- und Gesundheitswissenschaft


Art des Studiums
  • Vollzeit
Erforderlicher Sprachnachweis Unterrichtssprache
  • Englisch
Art der Zulassung Beginn des Studiums
  • Nur zum Wintersemester möglich
Regelstudienzeit (in Semestern)
  • 4 Semester (Vollzeit)
Credits Kosten

Infos zum Studium

Worum geht es in diesem Studiengang?

The students will deal with the bio-psycho-social concept of health in greater depth. The study design follows the WHO definition of health: "A complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". The focus therefore lies on health promotion and prevention. 

This specialization is a result of the development of the public health system. The demographic change, coming along with an increase in longevity, diseases of civilization, and mental abnormities, presents new challenges for employees in the health care sector. 

The importance of personal health and strategic interventions involved will increase. This means development of strategies for strengthening of individual resources, healthy nutrition, and age-appropriate physical activity. This multidisciplinary concept includes gender and diversity aspects, and focuses not only on the individual but also on special groups, e.g. in companies. This master's program not only provides theoretical knowledge of the sciences of nutrition, movement and psychology, but also enables the students to work in interdisciplinary research projects with risk factors and patient groups with different diseases.

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

Wie ist das Studium aufgebaut?

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.

In welcher Sprache wird der Studiengang unterrichtet?

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.

Welche Kompetenzen und Fertigkeiten erwerbe ich?

The graduates will be able to transmit scientific learning to specific target groups and thus contribute to a healthy society. Their interdisciplinary knowledge enables them to combine health promotion and prevention strategies for individuals and groups. The holistic approach allows a transfer of specialist knowledge in health, nutrition, and psychology to socially relevant issues. Graduates will be able to choose, develop and foster customized strategies to increase resilience of the chosen target groups with respect to concepts of participation and diversity. They have the knowledge to develop, organize and implement best-practice concepts for health promotion involving social, cultural, and behavior-based factors. 

Additionally, their advanced knowledge in field and laboratory research permits them to develop, implement and evaluate study designs independently. They are experts in assessing costs, values, and efficiency of international health programs, and evaluating feasibility studies. They are able to judge health concepts and programs with regard to international quality standards. Their expert knowledge and experience permits development of evidence-based principles for enhanced health strategies in consideration of guidelines of good (clinical) practice and ethical aspects. This approach can be adapted to different settings (e.g. kindergarten, companies), populations, and age groups. Moreover, graduates are qualified to implement latest research results in the frame of translational research due to quality standards.

Welche beruflichen Möglichkeiten habe ich mit diesem Abschluss?

  • 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  

Verbindliche Regelungen zu Studienablauf, Prüfungen und Bewerbung

Bewerbung und Zulassung

Wie bewerbe ich mich?

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:

Welche Dokumente muss ich für die Einschreibung einreichen?

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.

Welche Bewerbungsfristen muss ich beachten?

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.

Wie wählt die TUM die Studierenden aus?

We may require additional documents depending on the type of secondary school diploma you earned and your country of origin. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.

Wo geht's zur Onlinebewerbung?

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

Muss ich ein Praktikum absolvieren?

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. 

Weiterführende Informationen

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.