International Health Sciences

  • International Health Sciences B.Sc.
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Gretje Wittmann

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International Health Sciences B.Sc.

Health risks are not confined to individual countries, and health chances are not always fairly distributed within a single country and between countries. Obtain the training required to help address these international and global health challenges.

What is this programme about?

Borders don't stop diseases – neither influenza, nor AIDS, nor the typical diseases associated with poverty, such as tuberculosis and malaria. Likewise, the social, political, and economic causes of disease are not confined to individual countries. Rather, all countries and, thus, the entire world population are affected by social megatrends such as urbanisation, climate change, flexibilisation of work, demographic change, and digitisation, as well as the impact of these megatrends on individual and public health. For emerging and developing countries, these effects result in a double burden of disease. Health opportunities are unevenly distributed within and between countries. This situation implies a growing need for the regional and global coordination and enforcement of health policy decisions and measures.

The study programme “International Health Sciences” provided by the Fulda University of Applied Science is the first basic study course in Germany addressing the health challenges in the globalised world, now providing an opportunity to complete undergraduate studies with a focus on international or global health in this country.

This programme is for you if...

  • You have earned your university entrance qualification.
  • You are proficient in English (at least at the B2 level) and in German (at least at the B1 level), you want to further increase your language proficiency and you are interested in learning more languages.
  • You are interested in intercultural exchange and like to know different countries.
  • You want to make a difference in society.
  • You are interested in health as well as in national and international political processes and the institutions involved.

Study Schedule

Semester 1

PG1083 (IHS 1) Population Health and Health Problems


Primarily German-speaking students

Non-native German-speaking students

PG1084 (IHS 3) Academic Reasoning and Techniques in Health Sciences / PG1002 GesundheitswissenschaftlichesDenken und Arbeiten


SK3915 (IHS G2) English for Global Health: Subject-related English language course

Goal: C1.1 level


SK3916 (IHS I2) Interkulturelle Kommunikation: Fachlicher Deutschsprachkurs

Goal: B2.1 level



Semester 2

SK1245 (IHS 4) Grundlagen globaler Gesundheit: Deutsche Fachtexte lesen, verstehen, analysieren und diskutieren: Goal: B2.2 level


PG1240 (IHS 5) Global Health Challenges and Health Management


Improving proficiency in English

Goal: C1.1 level

PG1086 (IHS 6) Social Research Methods / PG 1005 Empirische Sozialforschung


Teil 1: Gesundheit und Gesundheitswesen in Deutschland und Europa


Part 1: Global Disease Burden


Teil 2: Einführung in Gesundheitsökonomie: Grundbegriffe, Konzepte und Anwendungen


Part 2: Managing International Health Projects





Semester 3

Specialisation module 1

GF: PG1000 (GF 1)

MIG: PG1040 (MIG 1)

GÖP: PG1048 (GÖP 1)


Specialisation module 2

GF: PG1007 (GF 8)

MIG: PG1023 (MIG 8) or PG1246 (MIG7)

GÖP: PG1244 (IHS Va) or PG1585 (IHS Vb)


PG1087 (IHS 9) Evidence-Informed Decision-Making /
PG 1008 (IHS 9) EvidenzinformierteEntscheidungsfindung


SK3918: (IHS I7)Fachtexte lesen, verstehen und diskutieren

Mandatory for students with German skills below C1 level

Goal: C1 level


PG6001 (IHS I8): Compulsory elective module 1:

For students attending SK3918: English-taught modules according to availability



Semester 4

PG1285 (IHS 10)

Health Systems in the Global Context


IHS V3: Specialisation module G3 / I1

GF: PG1014 (GF12a)

MIG: PG1298 (MIG 4)

GÖP: PG1243 (IHSVc)


PG1088: (IHS 11) Health Inequalities in and between Countries / PG 1004 (IHS 11) GesundheitlicheUngleichheit



Semester 5


Semester abroad: mandatory for German students


International students


GF: PG1000 (GF1)

MIG: PG1040 (MIG1)

GÖP: PG1048 (GÖP 1)10 ECTS


GF: PG1007 (GF 8)

MIG: PG1246 (MIG 7) or PG1023 (MIG 8)

GÖP: PG1244 (IHS Va) or PG1585 (IHS Vb)


PG1089 (IHS I12):

Compulsory elective module 2



Semester 6

PG1090 (IHS 13)

Global Health Policy, Politics, Power and Rights


PG1091 (IHS 14): Study Project International Health Sciences



Semester 7

PG1092 (IHS 15)



PG1184 (IHS 16): Bachelor's Thesis International Health Sciences

10 ECTS credits

Written examination



Taught in English

Taught in German

Taught in German and English

Taught in German or English


What expects you during the course of study?

The programme is bilingual (English, German) and structured differently for students whose primary language is German and for students with other native languages.

For all students, analysing Challenges, Structures and Strategies in Global Health (80 ECTS credits) is in the centre of their studies. You will learn about the global burden of disease, the variety of health systems, and about global health policy institutions. Participatory study projects will offer teamwork opportunities for investigating specific issues in international health in an exemplary and practical manner. These projects are planned to be conducted in collaboration with international organisations relevant to international health.

In addition, the course equips you with basic health-sciences skills (40 ECTS credits), with the corresponding modules being offered in English or German. There is a bonus system providing an incentive for expanding your language proficiency: If you choose the language that is more challenging to you, your examination grade will be rounded up by one third of a grade point.

Over the course of your studies, you will be able to choose a focus area or specialisation, in which you will deepen your understanding of a particular aspect of health sciences (30 to 40 ETCS credits, depending on your choice of modules). The relevant modules are generally offered in German, with some of them available in English as well. The three specialisations available to you are:

  • Health Promotion
  • Health Economics and Health Policy
  • Health Management

If you already graduated from a study programme that qualifies you for a health profession, and you are entitled to practising this profession in Germany, you may apply to have this completed programme accepted as a substitute for your specialisation. It would then be recorded as such in your graduation certificate.

Your studies will be complemented by a targeted, field-specific broadening of your intercultural and foreign language skills (60 to 70 ECTS credits, depending on your choice of modules). For students whose first language is German, this part of the programme includes a compulsory semester of study abroad (30 ECTS credits). Students whose first language is not German will obtain equivalent ECTS credits by taking relevant modules at a German university.

What are my professional options after graduation?

Global health issues require adequately trained experts. Organisations operating at an international, European, or global level are becoming increasingly important in all health-related areas. Within Germany, there is a growing need for experts with an international background who can help prepare the institutions of the health system for the developments and requirements that come with globalisation. Increasingly, workplace health promotion affects globally operating companies and, therefore, has to address international requirements.

Potential field of work either at an international level or with reference to international activities of our graduates might exist at:

  • Multilateral organisations related to health topics such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the European Union (EU), the World Bank (WB), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), or UNICEF
  • Governmental institutions in Germany and abroad
  • Institutions of the German health and social systems
  • German and other public bilateral and multilateral development organisations
  • Faith-based and charitable development organisations
  • Non-government organisations in Germany and other countries
  • The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • German and international consultancy companies
  • Internationally operating companies.

A bachelor's degree in “International Health Sciences” will open up a broad set of opportunities to graduates in international development organisations, in the health sector in Germany and other countries, and in globally operating organisations and companies. Alternatively, they may pursue a subsequent Master’s degree in a related field, such as Public Health.

How to prove your language skills as an international candidate with a foreign university entrance qualification ?

German language proficiency of at least B1 level must be provided.

This can be done, for example, with the following language certificates:

  • TELC B1

In addition, language certificates from language courses at universities and adult education centers are valid.

A proof of at least 500 hours of German lessons at secondary school level is also possible.

In addition, proof of English language proficiency must be provided at least at B2 level.

This can be done, for example, by the following language certificates:

  • TOEFL paper-based (ITP) with a minimum score of 543
  • TOEFL internet-based (ibt) with a minimum score of 76
  • IELTS with a minimum score of 6.0
  • DAAD language certificate with a minimum score of 4 x c)

Those who claim to have German and / or English as their native language must have obtained their university entrance qualification in the respective language.

It is possible to hand in the proof of language proficiency until the beginning of the programme (1st day of the introductory week which will be mid October) in the student office.

Ask and meet a student!

You are interested in the International Health Sciences degree programme at our University of Applied Sciences Fulda, but you are still wondering whether it suits you and what to expect during your studies? Would you like to hear from students about their experiences and ask them questions? We were also in the same situation of having to decide and are now happy to help you - so just ask us!

Ask Pika!

Hi, my name is Pika and I come from Slovenia.I am currently studying International Health Sciences (IHS) in the 4th semester. I was inspired to study IHS because the skills it teaches are relevant and even essential for addressing health challenges in modern society. As global health challenges become increasingly complex, the need for young people to get more involved in the field of public health is growing. One of the aspects that attracted me to this course was the variety of the modules offered. I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of the students enrolled as well as the contemporary issues that are addressed by the lecturers.  University of Fulda is very student friendly, I can always speak with any faculty member without hesitation. I appreciate the quality and empathy that is shown whenever I have a concern. If you are still in a decision process and you want to know a student perspective, feel free to contact me, I am happy to answer your questions!


Ask Ronja!

Hey! My name is Ronja and I have now completed the fifth semester of International Health Sciences.

Why I am sure that this course is absolutely right for me? I have always been interested in topics related to health. As well, I like to support and help people in need. During a voluntary work stay in Africa, I was able to get to know how much fun it is to work together with people around the world and am able to get in contact with different cultures at the same time. With a degree in International Health Sciences, I work on my professional expertise in this regard. So, direct hit! :) If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!


Experiences of our students in their semester abroad!

Podcast Internatonal Health Sciences B.Sc.

Listen to the podcast episode about the study programme International Health Sciences. What are the contents of the study programme? What are the requirements? And what do students report, that study IHS?  We talked to Mr. Prof. Dr.  Dr. Holst (head of the study programme), Mrs. Wittmann (course coordinator), Mrs Salzmann  (International coordinator at the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences ) and the students Kolahta and Saskia to answer these questions. 

International Health Sciences - Fascination as far as New Zealand

Saskia Jaenecke came across the Bachelor's programme "International Health Sciences" in Fulda from New Zealand. Read more about her and her experience. Have fun reading!

Read more.

At a Glance

  • Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  • Type of programme: Campus-based
  • Admission requirements: University entrance qualification; language proficiency levels: German B1, English B2
  • Admission restrictions: 60 places
  • Standard duration of studies: 7 semesters
  • Tuition fees: none
  • Practical training: 12-week internship in an international organisation or abroad during the 7th semester
  • Semester abroad: Compulsory for students whose main language is German; to be completed during their 5th semester
  • Focus areas: Choice of health promotion, health economics and health policy, or health management
  • Start of programme: Winter semester
  • Application Start for Internationals (uni-assist):  15. March
  • Application Start for Applicants with a German university entrance qualification: 2. May
  • Deadline for applications:  30. September
  • Head of study programme: Prof. Dr. Dr. Jens Holst