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Master of Science Public Health

M.Sc. Public Health is a four-semester, non-consecutive master´s programme. Students acquire numerous methodological and professional skills that qualify them to work in the broad field of public health care.


Detailed information on the course of studies can be found on the website of the Institute for Medical Information Processing, Biometry and Epidemiology (IBE).

Information booklet for the master´s programme M.Sc. Public Health at LMU Munich: 10 Reasons to Study Public Health


What is Public Health?

Public Health is an independent and strongly interdisciplinary empirical science. In contrast to medicine, which focuses on the well-being of a single individual, Public Health investigates which factors contribute to health or illness in the population as a whole. Public Health is therefore interested in the biological mechanisms behind health and disease as well as in the environmental, social and political processes and framework conditions that play a role in this.

The programme

The  programme  is  structured  in  accordance  with  the  Bologna  Process.  A  total  of  120  ETCS  credits must be acquired. All core lectures and courses are held in German.


In the first semester, the curriculum covers fundamental  topics in the core modules such  as  epidemiological methods and biometry, as well as introducing important  concepts  in  Public  Health.  In  the second  semester,  students  have  the  opportunity  to  specialise  and  choose  from  a  wide  variety of elective modules according to their own  interests. In  the  compulsory  internship in the third semester and the master's thesis in  the  fourth  semester,  students  apply  their newly acquired skills to a topic of their choice.

Core module (90 ECTS)

1st and 2nd semester:
Biometry I and II
Epidemiology I and II
Public Health core competencies

3rd semester:

4th semester:
Master's thesis

Electives (30 ECTS)

Prevention and Health Promotion
Social and Behavioural Sciences
Global Public Health
Qualitative Methods
Public Mental Health

Planetary Health
MeMPE Summer University
Health Services Research and Health Economics
Spring School Health Services Research

Optional: Electives from M.Sc. Epidemiology


Admission requirements for the master's programme are:


  • Completed  university  degree  (bachelor’s  degree or equivalent) in a health-related discipline such as: medicine, public health, pharmacy,  natural  sciences,  nutritional sciences,  psychology,  social  sciences,  statistics, sports science, economics and business administration, law, communication science  or  any  other  discipline  relevant  to health sciences

  • Formal application including curriculum vitae and certificates

  • Successful completion of written test

  • Succesfull completion of oral test


The current deadlines and details for application, written and oral tests can be found here: Click here

Career in Public Health

The subject opens up a multitude of career opportunities. Our students acquire theoretical knowledge, practical skills and competencies that qualify them to work in the diverse field of public health:


  • Universities / non-university research institutions

  • Health authorities and institutions at local and national level

  • Operational health management

  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) at home and abroad

  • Pharmaceutical companies

  • and many more

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