Health Promotion (BSc)
At a glance
- Study programme
- Health Promotion (BSc)
- Nursing and Health Sciences
- a) Health management in organisations b) Health communication c) Health reporting and health protection
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
- Type of programme
- Campus-based programme
- Standard Duration
- 6 semesters
- Start of study programme
- Winter semester
- Admission Restriction
- The programme has unrestricted admission.
- Admission Requirements
- University entrance qualification
- Language of instructions
- German, some courses in English
- Language Requirements
- For international students: DSH2 level German language skills by the day of enrolement. At the time of application, a lower level is sufficient. Applications submitted by 30 April: B 1 or equivalent, applications from 1 May: DSH 1 or B 2 or equivalent.
- Specific Features
- Integrated practical semester and elective module
What Is This Programme About?
A variety of factors positively or negatively affect the well-being and health of the individual and the general population. Clean water and uncontaminated food, living and working conditions, material opportunity and equality of opportunity, mental stress or social support, safety from violence and infection, physical activity, and use of stimulants are just a few examples. The prevention of illness is especially effective if coupled with changes in behaviour and circumstances. Health promotion also examines resources and protective factors and not just risk factors.
Prevention and health promotion provide opportunities to improve the quality of life, prolong the number of years people remain in good health, extend their working life, and ensure the affordability of quality health care. In health promotion practice, and also in view of the demands on the public purse and the limited resources of service providers, it is becoming increasingly important to call for quality criteria for health promotion measures and to demonstrate their effectiveness and economic viability. This requires specialists with scientific expertise who are able to assess practice, conduct research for scientific evidence, and evaluate measures. There is an accumulated need in this area, not just in Germany.
Why Choose This Programme?
If you are a school leaver with a university entrance qualification and are interested in science and health and in taking on a responsibility that benefits society, then contributing to quality improvement in health promotion in Germany is a future career opportunity not to be missed. The primary aim of the degree programme is to provide a sound scientific perspective on issues that affect the general population.
What qualifications should you have? You must be able to see the larger picture and to think in an interconnected way in complex contexts. Among other things, health scientists are involved in generating future scenarios and use probability calculations and current data surveys on the health status of different population groups in their work.
They develop health promotion concepts, identify demand, develop and evaluate suitable strategies and measures, and preoccupy themselves with studies that can prove the effectiveness of interventions and with the theoretical basis of health promotion and prevention. If you have no fear of numbers or of English and are interested in changing conditions to promote health, then you have all the prerequisites for success on this degree programme.
How is the programme structured?
The standard duration of the Bachelor programme is six semesters. In the first two semesters, we provide you with a solid grounding in science and health science modules, in which you have an opportunity to research certain fields of activity and target groups that interest you in prevention and health promotion work. From the very beginning of the programme, you become familiar with scientific methodology. You gain your first experience of teamwork in small groups.
In the third to sixth semesters, you are taught a comprehensive range of methods which will enable you to systematically evaluate and develop the quality of existing services in health promotion and prevention.
The Health Promotion degree programme at Fulda University focuses on establishing a scientific foundation and improving the quality of strategies and measures. You acquire the necessary expertise through practice-based learning. You become familiar with various research methods and have an opportunity to apply these in practice when carrying out specific tasks. The programme also helps you ascertain your own individual areas of interest by showing you how to design your own projects, analyse existing concepts using good practice criteria, and identify needs for further research and action.
Field trips, guest lectures, the support of practitioners, a student project in the fifth and sixth semesters, and a 12-week work placement all ensure you gain extensive practical experience during the course of study.
Where does it lead?
Graduates of the Health Promotion degree programme have not specialised in providing nutritional advice or exercise classes – there are plenty of other degrees and vocational programmes that provide this kind of training. Your areas of expertise after completing the programme are methodological and conceptual. Potential employers are:
- prevention agencies such as health insurance funds or foundations that have to assess the quality of the programmes they finance
- service providers such as companies, consultancy companies, charity organisations, projects, campaigns, umbrella organisations or federal state associations that have to demonstrate the quality of the programmes they conduct
- public health bodies such as the World Health Organization, ministries, health authorities, or institutions that have to assess or improve the quality of prevention and health promotion or call for more research
- providers of further education and editorial departments
Employment opportunities have improved again significantly with the German Preventive Health Care Act. However, many graduates opt to take a Master’s degree straight after their Bachelor programme and enrol, for example, in the Public Health programme at Fulda.