In A Nutshell

Master program:
Health Promotion M.Sc.
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Program form:
consecutive Master's in full-time
Program structure:
3 semesters (incl. Master's thesis), 90 ECTS
Program start:
winter semester (October 1)
Admission requirements:
GPA in core program at least 2.0 (German grading system)
Instruction laguage:
mainly German (level C1 required)
accredited by ACQUIN
from May 02 to July 15


The Master's program in Health Promotion at Coburg University is based on the resource-oriented approach "International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF)" of the World Health Organization WHO. The program structure is based on the Dublin Descriptors for Master’s Degrees and the Public Health Action Cycle (PHAC). The program is designed as an empirical program in terms of its approach to science. Students are integrated into the current research projects of their professors. Together with external cooperation partners, they design, implement, and evaluate projects in health promotion.

Research and Practice

The Master’s program in health promotion is special due to its combination of scientific research and practice-oriented application. It is designed to allow students to apply their conceptual and methodological knowledge directly to multidisciplinary, regional, transregional, and international projects. This approach allows students to develop valuable contacts in businesses, organizations, and institutions while they are studying.

Structure of the program

The Master’s program in health promotion is split into three program segments. The first and second semester convey:

  • Conceptual skills
  • Methodological skills
  • Transfer skills.

The empirical-scientific know-how is supplemented by the following aspects:

  • Historical and socio-political development of health promotion in Germany compared to internationally
  • Current discourses concerning current health care systems in the context of national and international health care policy
  • Perspectives of global social, environmental policy, and technological challenges

The third program segment focuses on developing the Master’s thesis. In addition, there are accompanying events in which additional transfer skills are conveyed. Small group sizes ensure that students cultivate close contacts with teachers and other students.

Program focus

  • Health over the entire life span
  • Health promotion in organizations (businesses, educational and social institutions, public institutions)

Curriculum and Examination Regulations

The [program plan]* provides an overview of the structure of the program. The [module manual]* provides information about the content of the individual modules. The [study and examination regulations]* form the legal basis for the study program. Contact your academic advisor Prof. Dr. Karin Meißner concerning the content of the program.

*only available in german at the moment

Job Perspectives

Master’s graduates of the health promotion program qualify for management positions in:

  • Businesses and organizations, e.g. in the fields of operational health care management, human resources, and organizational development
  • Municipal institutions of health promotion
  • Social services, e.g. concerning measures for prevention and rehabilitation
  • Scientific and research institutions in the context of health promotion

The successful completion of the Master’s program in health promotion opens up positions in


  • Identification of health promotion needs in the respective settings / organizations
  • Consulting for decision-makers based on health-related scientific findings and economic factors
  • Systematic and strategic design of health promotion measures that meet the needs and are sustainable


  • Implementation and adoption of health promotion programs based on a formative evaluation (process control)
  • Conclusive (summative) evaluation of the programs


Scientific research in health promotion


Graduates with a good Master's degree can continue to do scientific work after completing the Master’s program. They also have the possibility of writing their doctoral paper at the Coburg University and getting their Ph.D. in cooperation with a university.

Application and Admission Requirements

Admission conditions

  • Diplom or Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.0 or better (German grading system)
  • Field of study of your Bachelor's program: Health sciences or related areas, such as life and social sciences
  • At least seven semesters (210 ECTS) including a required internship or six semesters (180 ECTS) without the required internship semester, which needs to be made up by the time the Master’s thesis is registered.


Here you can find all the important information about evaluating your school-leaving certificates and learning German in order to start a master program at the University of Coburg.

Since the program is taught in German, you also have to prove your knowledge in German before the start of studies (level C1/C2).

Further and current informations can also be found on the German website of this course.