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Health Sciences (Gesundheitswissenschaften)

Master UH

Universität Luzern UNILU > Departement Gesundheitswissenschaften und Medizin

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Luzern (LU)




Universitäre Hochschulen UH

Zeitliche Beanspruchung



Gesundheit, Pflege, Medizin





Aktualisiert 22.06.2020


Beschreibung der Fachrichtung

The Master in Health Sciences at the University of Lucerne offers students from a wide range of disciplines the necessary knowledge and skills towards a comprehensive understanding of health, functioning and disability.
The program provides a broad background in health sciences from a biopsychosocial perspective and has a focus on the interaction of individuals and their environment within the context of health. Students will also have the opportunity to choose a Major in a specific area to get more in-depth knowledge.

Beschreibung des Angebots

Organisation des Studiums

The two-year master’s program with 120 ECTS-credits includes core courses that will be offered during the first three semesters. The core courses include different modules: Human Functioning Sciences, health systems and services, research design, and qualitative and quantitative methods. Other core courses include scientific and professional skills development. 
In the third semester, students are required to do an internship and start a research project, while the fourth (final) semester is dedicated to completing the research project and the master thesis.

One from the following majors (36 ECTS) can be chosen:

Health Behavior and Management:
Learning how health behaviors and health experiences can be addressed and changed with appropriate interventions.

Health Communication:
Studying the science of using communication to influence health decisions at the individual level, in institutions and in policy.

Health Economics&Health Policy:
Providing the foundation and principles of economic thinking and theories of political science to understand complex health systems, and to identify and address future challenges in the health care sector.

Health Services Research:
Learning the methods to evaluate the effectiveness of health care services and assess the performance of health systems..

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Overview Masterprogram Health Sciences

Core Courses  
Human Functioning Sciences 6
Disciplinary Perspectives of the Health Sciences 6
Health Systems and Services 6
Statistics and Epidemiology 3
Introduction to Public Health 3
Basics in Clinical Sciences 3
Scientific Communication 2
Lecture Series in Human Functioning, Disability and Health I 1
Core Courses  
Translational Medicine 2
Implementation Science 1
Quantitative Methods 3
Qualitative Methods 3
Project Management 2
Lecture Series in Human Functioning, Disability and Health II 1
Chosen Major:  
Courses in the Major,  15 
Term Paper 3
Research Internship  
Core Courses  
Advanced Research Methods 6
Professional Development 2
Master Colloquium I 3
Lecture Series in Human Functioning, Disability
and Health III
Chosen Major  
Courses in the Major 15
Term Paper 3
Core Courses  
Health Sciences in Practice 2
Master Colloquium II 3
Lecture Series in Human Functioning, Disability and Health 1
Master Thesis and Oral Exam 18+6
Total 120

Link zum Aufbau der Ausbildung


The course is an integrated study program and is therefore not divided into major and minor subjects. One of the four majors has to be chosen.


Students may apply for paid internships within our partner organizations. The workload is 60%; the internship takes place during the third semester (July - December). Students develop a draft for their master thesis during the third semester.

Beschreibung als Nebenfach / Minor / Teilstudium / auch ausserfakultär

Nebenfach / Minor / Teilstudium

Health Sciences  cannot be studied as a minor subject.



Direkte Zulassung

Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in the following fields are eligible:

Economics, Business Administration / International Relations

  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Business Informatics
  • Finance

Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health

  • Human Medicine
  • Nursing Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences

Social Sciences, Social Work

  • Sociology
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Education / Special Education
  • Psychology
  • Social Work and Politics
  • Geography

Other Bachelor’s degrees

  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Human Movement and Sports Sciences

Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in any other discipline may also apply and are welcome to get in touch with Anisa Haskovic, Coordinator of the Master Program (masterhealth@unilu.ch). The applicants will be assessed by formal and content criteria.

Students who were finally dismissed in the same subject by a faculty in Switzerland or abroad cannot be admitted.

For further information on admission please contact the Student Services.

Link zur Zulassung



Applications have to be handed in until April 30. Late applications are accepted until June 30 (for applicants who require a visa), August 31 (for applicants who do not require a visa). Please note that in case of late applications a supplementary fee will be charged. The Application is done online.


  • Master Universitäre Hochschule UH

Master of Science in Health Sciences


Doktorat / PhD

(Dr. phil.)
Following the Master course – if at least the grade 5 was achieved in the diploma – a research study programme can be completed. It allows students to intensify their earlier studies, grow into autonomous scientific reasearch and create in form of a dissertation a contribution to research on their own. The research study programme is ended with a promotion (Dr. phil.), consisting of a dissertation in the chosen subject and an oral examination. For the promotion or doctorate, the third study cycle, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has a graduate school on offer, which is a flexible and intensely supervised programme. Students who apply for a doctorate are automatically members of the graduate school and may use its course offer as well as supporting opportunities. Prospect doctorate students can find more detailed information on the website:  unilu.ch > Fakultäten > Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät.

Praktische Hinweise

Ort / Adresse

  • Luzern (LU)

Universität Luzern
Seminar Gesundheitswissenschaften und Gesundheitspolitik
Frohburgstrasse 3
6002 Luzern
Tel : +41 41 229 59 59
Email : healthsem@unilu.ch

Zeitlicher Ablauf


Beginning of the course is only possible in fall semester.


4 semesters
Full time course, working possible during first and last semester

Zeitliche Beanspruchung

  • Vollzeit


  • Englisch

The Master of Health Sciences is entirely taught in English and requires a good command of English.. The recommended level within the European Language Portfolio is C1 (Cambridge English Advanced). However, a verification of language ability ist not requested.


Auskünfte / Kontakt

Anisa Haskovic,
Studienkoordinatorin und Studienberatung, Telefon +41 41 229 59 59, E-Mail: masterhealth@unilu.ch

Universität Luzern UNILU