Public Health Nutrition (MSc)

At a glance

Study programme
Public Health Nutrition (MSc)
Nutritional, Food and Consumer Sciences
Cooperating departments: Nursing and Health Sciences
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Type of programme
Campus-based programme
Standard Duration
4 semesters
Admission Capacity
Start of study programme
Winter semester
Admission Restriction
Based on numerus clausus system, restricted admissions
Admission Requirements
A higher education qualification (Bachelor’s degree or “Diplom”) in Nutritional, Food and Consumer Sciences with an average grade of at least 2.5 [German grading system]. Other programmes specialising in health, sport or food science can be recognised as equivalent by application. Graduates of related study programmes may be required to take module examinations from the Bachelor’s programme during the first year of the Master’s degree in order to build their specialist knowledge.
Language of instructions
Language Requirements
For international students: DSH 2 level German language skills by the day of enrolment. At the time of application, a lower level is sufficient. Applications up to 30 April: B 1 or equivalent; applications from 1 May: DSH 1 or B 2 or equivalent. English language proficiency is a requirement, but no formal check is made.
Application Deadline
20 August
Specific Features
Intensive teaching and learning in small groups with innovative study concepts, contact with professional practice through conference and congress visits, individual supervision

What Is This Programme About?

The Master’s programme in Public Health Nutrition is a cooperative study programme between the Department of Nutritional, Food and Consumer Sciences and Nursing and Health Sciences that connects food and health sciences to develop population-based approaches to combat pressing nutrition-related or nutrition-derived health problems. It examines the relationships between nutrition, exercise and health and centres on analysis of the need for action in populations and groups of the population, e.g. using epidemiological methods, on development and implementation of strategies for universal, selective and indicated prevention, and on systematic evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions.

Why Choose This Programme?

The Master’s programme in Public Health Nutrition is a good choice for graduates who have a BSc in Nutritional, Food and Consumer Sciences or a related discipline and are interested in exploring health-related and population-based aspects of nutrition, looking beyond their own specialist discipline and finding new approaches in the prevention of diseases that are also nutrition-derived.

How is the programme structured?

The regular duration of studies for this campus-based programme is four semesters, full-time. Formal instruction mainly takes place from Monday to Wednesday so that students have Thursday and Friday for the independent study they are required to complete.

In the second and third semester, students take part in a research project in which they work in small groups on topical research issues and solutions for challenges relevant to public health nutrition.

Where does it lead?

The Master’s degree qualifies graduates to

  • apply epidemiological methods to identify nutrition problems in different regions of the world, describe their causes and develop possible solutions for potential nutrition problems,
  • plan, implement and evaluate population-based interventions in health promotion and prevention in public health nutrition,
  • develop new approaches to preventing poor nutrition and take on roles in policy consulting at higher levels of the public service,
  • assume development and decision-making responsibilities in enterprises operating nationally and internationally,
  • work in political institutions and non-governmental organisations,
  • work on an interdisciplinary basis, in particular with specialists in the social sciences, health education, and health promotion.

Another path many of our graduates choose is to go into research by studying for a doctoral degree.

More about the subject

Prior To The Study Programme


Need help?

Subject-related advice

Laura Hoffmann

Study programme coordinator - project member

Building 40 , Room 202
Laura Hoffmann+49 661 9640-
Consultation hours
Mi 13.15 bis 14.15 Uhr

General advice

Susan Gamper

Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)

Head of Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)

Building 10 (SSC) , Room 211
Susan Gamper+49 661 9640-1430
Consultation hours
Aktuell telefonisch (Mo.-Fr., je 9-15 Uhr) und per E-Mail erreichbar.
Office hours
Mon – Fri

Advice for international students

Britta Simon


Building 10 , Room 105
Britta Simon+49 661 9640-1453
Consultation hours
Mo: 9 – 11 Uhr Mi: 13.30 – 15.30 Uhr Fr: 09 – 11 Uhr
Office hours
Mo–Do: 9 – 12 Uhr, 14 - 15.30 Uhr Fr: 8:30 – 12 Uhr