Health Sciences

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
 
StudyQA ranking:4981 Duration:24 months

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The innovative educational program launched by the Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy of the University of Lucerne is the ideal preparation for an exciting career in health.
It provides in-depth knowledge of health, functioning and disability and approaches health from a biopsychosocial and interdisciplinary perspective. This new master program brings a new dimension to research, health service provision and healthcare management.

After completion of the first semester, students can focus on areas that interest them most and choose from the following Majors:

* Health and Social Behavior
* Health Economics
* Health Communication
* Research Methods
* Human Functioning Sciences

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 depending on their professional interest and career direction.

The Master in Health Sciences aims to bring a new dimension into research, health service provision, and healthcare management by pioneering the development and application of a comprehensive approach in the field of health. It is the ideal curriculum to foster innovation in our society where aging and chronic diseases are a main challenge within the health care system.

Career path
The Health Sciences program offers the ideal preparation for students who aspire to have careers in healthcare in a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment and to undertake research in health sciences. In our master program, we are dedicated to educating students so they are in an excellent position to further their career in health-related areas including positions in research, health administration/public health, health education and health promotion, management in state and federal health agencies, and other health-related industries.

The two-year masters 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.

Starting in the second semester, students will be able to choose a Major, according to their interest. 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.

Majors
The program offers a list of Majors that will provide students with the unique opportunity to closely work with their supervisors. Students will be able to work in small groups to further develop expertise in their chosen area of interest. After completion of the first semester, students can then choose from the following Majors:

* Major in Health and Social Behavior


* Major in Health Communication


* Major in Health Economics


* Major in Research Methods


* Major in Human Functioning Sciences



Internship
Students have the opportunity to apply for a paid internship with a collaborating partner organization of the Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy. They will have the chance to gain first-hand experience in applying their knowledge and skills in health sciences research and practice. During their internship in the third semester, students will also be expected to develop their master thesis proposal, which will be supported by their supervisor and members of their research group.

Lecturers

The faculty members of the Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy are the leaders in their field, engaged in interdisciplinary research, highly qualified and motivated. They have a longstanding and proven experience in teaching and research. In addition to the permanent faculty, the Master program can rely on the qualified contributions of top researchers from Swiss Paraplegic Research and from other prestigious international universities and research institutions.

* Prof. Gerold Stucki
* Prof. Sara Rubinelli
* Prof. Armin Gemperli
* Prof. Stefan Boes
* Prof. Gisela Michel
* Prof. Jerome Bickenbach

The required qualification for admission to the Master of the Health Sciences program is a Bachelors degree (or an equivalent higher education degree) with at least 180 ECTS points from a University recognized by the University of Lucerne.Candidates with a Bachelors degree in the following fields are admitted:Economics, Business Administration / International Relations * Business Administration * Economics * Political Science * Business Informatics * FinanceMedicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health * Human Medicine * Nursing Sciences * Veterinary Medicine * Dentistry * Pharmaceutical SciencesSocial Sciences, Social Work * Sociology * Social and Cultural Anthropology * Education / Special Education * Psychology * Social Work and Politics * GeographyOther Bacherlors degrees * Communication and Media Studies * Philosophy * Biology * Mathematics * Human Movement and Sports SciencesCandidates with a Bachelors degree in any other relevant discipline may also apply and are welcome to get in touch with the study advisor, Thomas Brinkel (thomas.brinkel@unilu.ch).It is essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake an intensive and challenging academic course that is taught and examined in English. No English language certificates are required.

Cantonal Grants
If you are not able to finance your education, you may apply for a cantonal grant. As a rule, the home canton is responsible for the grants. Each canton has its own grant regulation and the prerequisites for and the amount of the grant as well as the necessary formalities and deadlines vary from canton to canton. To be able to apply you must be in possession of a confirmation of enrolment. You can get the application form directly from the grants department of your home canton.

Internship and Master Thesis

Students have the opportunity to apply for a paid internhip with a collaboration partner organization of the Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy. They will have the chance to gain first hand experience in applying their knowledge and skills in health sciences research and practice. During their internship, students will also be expected to develop their master thesis proposal, which will be supported by their supervisor and members of their research group.

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