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Study Health Sciences at University of Lucerne, Switzerland

Master Programme in Health 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 programme 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. After completion of the first semester, students can focus on areas that interest them most and choose from the following Majors:

•  Health Behavior and Management
•  Health Economics and Health Policy
•  Health Communication
•  Research Methods
•  Health Services Research

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.

Target Audience

The Health Sciences programme 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's programme, 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 Master in Health Sciences is for motivated students who are looking for the challenges of a demanding programme. With its interdisciplinary perspective, the Master of Health Sciences attracts candidates from a variety of educational backgrounds. Some students will have earned their first degree in fields such as social sciences, economics, medicine, psychology and other health related disciplines (nursing, physiotherapy etc.). This will allow graduates to benefit from the interactions within a diverse class of academic peers.


Major Profiles & Study Programme

The two-year Master’s programme with 120 ECTS consists of core courses, offered during the first three semesters, and major courses starting in the second semester. The core courses include different modules: human functioning sciences, health systems and services, research design, and quantitative/qualitative research methods.

Other core courses include scientific and professional skills development. Starting in the second semester, students can choose a major, according to their interest. After the first year, students will be required to do an internship and start a research project, while the fourth (final) semester will be dedicated to completing the Master's thesis.

Our majors provide students with the unique opportunity to closely work with their supervisors and further develop their expertise in their chosen area of interest:

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

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

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.

Research Methods: Developing skills to aid decision making processes in the health sciences and related fields using state of the art quantitative and qualitative research.


The required qualification for admission to the Master of Health Sciences programme is a Bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent higher education degree) with at least 180 ECTS points from a University recognised by the University of Lucerne. Please refer to Admission Guidelines for detailed information.

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, Physiotherapy, Health

•  Human Medicine
•  Nursing Sciences
•  Physiotherapy
•  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 relevant discipline may also apply and are welcome to get in touch with the study advisor, Anisa Haskovic.

The application deadline for the autumn intake 2017 expired in June.
Applications for the autumn intake 2018 are possible from February 2018 onwards.
Please apply via the online application tool.

Potential Occupational Fields

The Master in Health Sciences opens up for a range of job opportunities and gives you the qualifications to work in fields such as:

•  Pharma
•  Research
•  Insurance
•  Marketing
•  Hospitals
•  Management
•  Public Administration and many more



University of Lucerne
Frohburgstrasse 3
P.O. Box 4466
6002 Luzern

Study advisor: Anisa Haskovic

Telephone: 041 229 59 59

Email: healthsem@unilu.ch

Website: www.master-healthsciences.ch