Health Services Research - Master's Programme
Health services research is an emerging, interdisciplinary field of research within health sciences. It focuses on day-to-day aspects of healthcare, the needs of patients and the general conditions required in order to provide good care. Health services research also facilitates the translation of scientific findings into all areas of healthcare. The field’s primary aim is to improve the health of individuals as well as specific population groups.
Orientation and Goals
By the end of this research-oriented, interdisciplinary Master’s degree programme, students will have acquired the following learning outcomes:
- knowledge of the medical, psychological and sociological basics of health and illness
- knowledge of the theoretical concepts of health services research, evidence-based healthcare, ethics and organisation of healthcare services
- knowledge of the design of
- knowledge of digitisation and technical support in healthcare
- knowledge of the principles and measures of quality and risk management in healthcare
- the ability to independently answer research questions in the field using both qualitative and quantitative methods as well as methods of evidence synthesis
- the skills and knowledge required to communicate research results
- an awareness and understanding of good scientific practice, research ethics and participatory research
- self-management skills and the ability to work in a team
The offered modules allow the development of a profile in the areas of digitisation in healthcare as well as organisation and quality.
The degree programme lays the foundations for a doctorate (e.g. Doctor of Medical Science (Dr. rer. medic. at the University of Oldenburg) and therefore also forms a basis for early-career researchers to gain additional qualifications.
Study Design and Contents
- Basic modules with a student workload of 42 credits
- Advanced modules with a student workload of 18 credits
- Specialisation modules with a student workload of 30 credits
- The final Master’s module with a student workload of 30 credits
- Understanding and knowledge of healthcare services
- Theoretical basics required to understand healthcare services
- Broad range of methodological skills in health services research
- Applied techniques and strategies
- Digitisation in healthcare
- Organisation and quality
- General Medicine
- Outpatient Care and Pharmacoepidemiology
- Assistance Systems and Medical Technology
- Organisational Health Services Research
- Ethics in Medicine
- Rehabilitation Research
- Health Economics
Teaching and Learning
Reasons for Studying
- Research-oriented: Students gain a wide range of methodological skills and research experience at the Department of Health Services Research, which in this form is unique in Germany
- Individual/Personal: Small groups, close contact with lecturers and researchers
- Connection to the professional field: Links with the School of Medicine and existing projects ensuring a high relevance for practice
- Interdisciplinary: Curriculum incorporates elements from a range of scientific disciplines
- Innovative: Qualification in an emerging research field that is in high demand on the labour market
Foreign Language Skills
German Language Proficiency
- DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2) or
- TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas) or
- Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level C1
English Language Proficiency see admissions regulations
- Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level B2 or
- if applicants have a university degree obtained in English
The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. Applicants who need a preparatory German course before commencing their studies must present their knowledge of English with their application.
For other proof possibilities see: Language requirements
Careers and Areas of Employment
- scientific careers. Some graduates go on to do a doctorate; others pursue careers outside the world of academia
- in research management and research transfer at private research institutes (e.g. scientific institutes of health insurance companies)
- quality management and coordination at larger healthcare organisations (e.g. hospital groups)
- in the evaluation and implementation of and advising on health policy measures at self-regulatory bodies in the healthcare sector (e.g. associations of statutory health insurance physicians), as well as in health policy.
Target Group/Admission Requirements
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification from prior studies in Health or Social Sciences units or in a closely related field worth at least 180 credit points.
- Research methods with at least 14 ECTS
- Health Sciences and/or Health Economics and/or Social Sciences and/or Sociology and/or Psychology with at least 60 ECTS
English Language Proficiency see admissions regulations
- Level B2 of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
This is an open admissions degree course, and applications are accepted only for the winter semester.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 30 September.
For open-admission Master's degree programmes it is strongly recommended to submit their applications as early as possible before 15 July for the winter semester. If the supporting documents are submitted after these dates but before the standard application deadlines, your application can only be processed at the start of the lecture period in the new semester. This may result serious problems (German document).
International applicants: There are different application procedures.