Health Economics and Health Policy

Apply now!
Oops, an error occurred! Code: 201912150139575f0c9ca6

Health Economics and Health Policy

All political negotiation processes must be based on arguments founded in facts. To this end, experts are needed who are able to understand and interpret all relevant economic, political, and legal contexts and relationships.

What Is It All About?

Economic considerations significantly influence all decision-making processes regarding the organisation and funding of health care. In economically developed countries such as Germany, the health system constitutes one of the most important economic sectors. It not only accounts for large monetary expenditures, but also creates many jobs. This in turn means that health policy decisions will always involve large amounts of money for many different agents. Health policy, like no other political field, is filled with many different interest groups influencing political decisions.
All political negotiation processes must be based on arguments founded in facts. To this end, experts are needed who are able to understand and interpret all relevant economic, political, and legal contexts and relationships. The health economics and health policy study programme has been designed to educate and train these experts. It provides a unique mix of health economics, health policy, and social law contents that you will not find elsewhere in Germany. After graduation, you will, therefore, find yourself to be a very competitive player in the labour market.

This Programme Is for You If...

  • You have earned your university entrance qualification
  • You are interested in economics, politics, and health
  • You would like to be involved in decisions regarding the future of the health system

After Graduation

Once graduated, you will have a wide and diverse range of professional options. Your potential employers may include:

  • Health insurance provider associations or health care provider associations (such as associations of physicians, hospitals, or nursing homes) at the state or federal level. In these positions you would observe current developments in health policy, would be involved in legislative procedures, and would evaluate the impact of new legislation. You would gain more and more responsibility in representing the interests of your association in state and federal politics.
  • Larger health insurance providers or providers of statutory accident insurance. You would assess costs and benefits of important decisions and would be involved in contract negotiations with physicians and hospitals.
  • Members of parliament at the state or federal level. You would assess the impacts of new legislation and would advise the member of parliament. While a position associated with a member of parliament often will be of limited duration, it will provide you with excellent perspectives for working with other institutions and associations.
  • Trade unions, consumer associations, or patient organisations. You would participate in the development of concepts for better working conditions and for enforcing consumer and patient rights. You would also be involved in implementing these concepts.

You will be perfectly prepared for a Master's programme in public health.


What can I expect during my course of study?

Semester 6Study projectHealth systems evidenceResearch in health economics
and health policy
Semester 5International
health care systems
Rehabilitation and
long-term-care
Semester 4Compulsory elective moduleProfessional practice in health economics and health policy
Semester 3Resource allocation in the health sectorHealth inequalities
Managed care
Semester 2Health financingDesign of health care organisationsSocial research methods
Semester 1Basic principles of
economics and politics
Health issues
within populations
Academic reasoning and techniques in health sciences
Hover your mouse cursor over the text in the table to display additional information.

At a Glance

  • Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  • Type of programme: Campus-based
  • Admission requirements: University entrance qualification; prior internship
  • Admission restrictions: None
  • Standard duration of studies: 6 semesters
  • Practical training: Block periods of practical training in Semesters 1 to 3 during the lecture-free period (160 hours each); Semester 5 is a practical semester (720 hours)
  • Special feature: Subsequent state examination in nursing is possible (after one year of practical training)
  • Start of programme: Winter semester
  • Deadline for applications: October15
  • Head of study programme: Prof. Dr. Helma Bleses
  • Placement officer: Christine Loewenhardt