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Health Care Research and Implementation Science in Health Care Systems

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Degree Master of Science
Application mandatory
Course commences winter semester only
Standard course duration 4 semesters
Type of programme: Full-time/Part-time
Focus options: 100%
Language requirements None
Language of instruction German/English
Other features Postgraduate programme (consecutive)

Heidelberg University hospital

Course outline

This degree programme is a research-oriented, academic qualification programme that has established itself at the interface between medicine, health sciences and health care. Students will learn to identify the problems associated with healthcare, to analyse them in light of current, international scientific research and methods, and to design, implement and assess new care models. The degree programme is characterised by:

  • Interdisciplinary perspective: The field of health care research and implementation science unites and applies the scientific approaches and methods employed in medicine, health sciences and social sciences with regard to health care.
  • Interprofessional perspective: Nowadays, health care is associated with a complex health care system and a variety of different professions. Taking the perspectives of the various health care system providers and users into consideration is a central aspect of identifying problematic areas and outstanding issues and can also help to identify and implement theory-based improvements.
  • Interlinking of theory and practice: The systematic interlinking of practical findings and requirements on the one hand, and scientific tools, concepts and theories on the other constitutes the foundation of the degree programme. To this end, the main focus is on knowledge and application of empirical research methods.
  • International perspective: In terms of international orientation, the degree programme systematically integrates international research and developments in the field of health care research.

Course structure

The standard period of study for the Master’s degree programme is four semesters, including examinations. Successful completion of the Master’s degree programme requires a total of 120 credits (CP). In the first semesters, the focus is on consolidation of the substantive and methodical foundations of health care research and implementation science. This approach is complemented by compulsory elective internships or work placements in the second and third semesters. The Master’s degree programme culminates in the Master’s thesis.

The Master’s degree programme is a modular programme. There are modules related to the following topics:

Health care research and implementation science

  • Basics of health care research (6 CP)
  • Basics of implementation science (7 CP)
  • Quality improvement and evaluation (6 CP)
  • Development and change in health care organisations (8 CP)

Health care systems

  • Management, administration and legal aspects of health care systems (6 CP)
  • Health economics (5 CP)
  • Health care system (5 CP)

Scientific foundations and methods

  • Academic work (10 CP)
  • Qualitative and quantitative survey and analysis methods (10 CP)

Areas of application in health care research and implementation science

  • Lecture series (2 CP)
  • Transfer projects (3 CP)
  • Compulsory elective internships or work placements (12 CP)

Key qualifications (10 CP)

Master’s thesis and colloquium (30 CP)

Formal requirements


Access to the course is restricted. Please consult the Admission Regulations.

The degree programme is aimed at graduates of Bachelor’s degree programmes with a focus on health care science (e.g. from the field of health management, health economics, midwifery, interprofessional healthcare, nursing studies, social sciences and therapeutical science) and advanced medical students.

Application period

01 April to 15 May for the winter semester

Application procedure

Applications are managed through Heidelberg University’s Application and Matriculation Platform. The application documents must include:

  • Letter of motivation (1-2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • University/institute of higher education certificates
  • Transcript of Records or subject-specific individual grades and rankings in the final year (if available) for medical students.
  • Letter of recommendation (for medical students)

Two thirds of the university places are allocated based on the application documents, one third is based on an additional interview.

International applicants

Special regulations apply for international applicants. For more information please contact Heidelberg University’s  International Relations Office (Dezernat Internationale Beziehungen, Seminarstraße 2).

Further information

Website of the department for health care research and general medicine

Subject combinations

The Master’s degree programme is a one-subject course (100%). Combinations with other subjects are not possible.

Study and examination regulations

Examination rules and regulations (of 17.06.2015)

Examinations board

Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.


Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are payable at the beginning of each semester.

Academic advisor

Dr. rer. soc. Charlotte Ullrich Wiss.
Abteilung Allgemeinmedizin und Versorgungsforschung
Marsilius-Arkaden, Turm West
Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.3
D-69120 Heidelberg
Office hours by appointment


Abteilung Allgemeinmedizin und Versorgungsforschung
Marsilius-Arkaden, Turm West
Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.3
D-69120 Heidelberg
Phone.: +49 (0)6221-56-35822 and -34790
Fax.:+49 (0)6221-56-1972

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Latest Revision: 2018-06-20
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