The course of study consists of five central units:
1. Health science research
2. Research methods
3. Applied research
4. Complementary subjects
5. Master's thesis
Every unit offers tuition in specialist and methodological skills from different health sectors in order to provide 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.
1. The first unit runs over the course of two semesters. It fosters a concept of health promotion that exceeds disease prevention by strengthening personal resources as well as behavioural and environmental factors. Additionally, students can customise their studies in order to focus on a specialist area. These areas include "Physical Activity", "Nutrition", and "Psychology". Electives in these specialist areas provide the students with methodological knowledge in natural science and sociological prevention research and lead to practical applications in a scientific context in the following semester.
2. 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 enrol in "Advanced Statistics", "Qualitative Research Methods", or "Scientific Data Processing".
3. The third unit offers different electives. Besides transfer of knowledge and methodological testing, the students are given guidance in 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 Disorders
- Neurological Health and Disorders
- Orthopaedic Health and Disorders
4. The fourth unit offers customised studies in "Complementary Subjects". These subjects prepare students for different professional settings. This unit allows specialisation in one professional context or the option of interdisciplinary courses.
5. After the fourth semester, the course of studies concludes with the Master's thesis. The thesis carries 30 credits and should be started after all modules from the first, second, and third semesters have been successfully passed. Maximum processing time is six months.