Medical Faculty HeidelbergHealth Services Research and Implementation Science in Health Systems – Master

The overall aim of the degree programme Health Services Research and Implementation Science is to provide students with a solid foundation in health services research and implementation science principles. They will also acquire competency in using tools and methods to plan and implement effective trials in an efficient, sustainable and responsible way.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Science
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman and English
Fees and contributions151.05 € / Semester
Application procedureConsecutive master’s programmes with admission restriction
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes

Course Content

The degree programme is characterized by:

  • Focus on healthcare in Germany and Europe. The main focus of the course is on health care in hospitals and outpatient practices in Germany and Europe.
  • Research orientation. Throughout the programme, research results, qualitative and quantitative methods as well as theoretical and conceptual approaches are addressed.
  • Patient and stakeholder perspectives. The perspectives of the various stakeholders (e.g. patients, physicians, nursing staff) of the health care system are of central importance for health care research and implementation science.
  • Location Heidelberg. The Medical Faculty Heidelberg – notably at the University Hospital Heidelberg – offers various opportunities to gain insight into practice and research in health care (e.g. in the context of internships, projects and theses).

Course Structure

The standard period of studies for the Master's degree programme is four semesters (120 CP). In the first semesters it focusses on theoretical and methodical foundations of health care research and implementation science. This approach is complemented by related subject areas and compulsory elective internships or work placements in the second and third semesters. The programme concludes in the fourth semester with the completion of a Master's thesis.

Main study areas

  •    M1 Fundamentals and subjects of health services research 12 CP
  •    M2 Organisation of the health care system 10 CP
  •    M3 Implementation and quality in health care practice 10 CP
  •    M4 Quantitative research methods 10 CP
  •    M5 Qualitative research methods 10 CP
  •    M6 Methods of evaluation research 10 CP
  •    M7 Internship 12 CP
  •    M8 Professional and interdisciplinary specialisation 16 CP
  •    M9 Master's thesis 30 CP