Master in Health Sciences

University of Lucerne

Program Description

Master in Health Sciences

University of Lucerne

Master in Health Sciences

The innovative educational program launched by the Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy of the University of Lucerne is the ideal preparation for an exciting career in health.

It provides in-depth knowledge of health, functioning and disability and approaches health from a biopsychosocial and interdisciplinary perspective. This new master program brings a new dimension to research, health service provision and healthcare management.
After completion of the first semester, students can focus on areas that interest them most and choose from the following Majors:

  • Health and Social Behavior
  • Health Economics
  • Health Communication
  • Research Methods
  • Human Functioning Sciences

Content and Goal

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 program 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.

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. It is the ideal curriculum to foster innovation in our society where aging and chronic diseases are a main challenge within the health care system.

Study Program

The two-year master’s program with 120 ECTS-credits includes core courses that will be offered during the first three semesters. The core courses include different modules: Human Functioning Sciences, health systems and services, research design, and qualitative and quantitative methods. Other core courses include scientific and professional skills development.

Starting in the second semester, students will be able to choose a Major, according to their interest. In the third semester, students are required to do an internship and start a research project, while the fourth (final) semester is dedicated to completing the research project and the master thesis.


Students have the opportunity to apply for a paid internship with a collaborating partner organization of the Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy. They will have the chance to gain first-hand experience in applying their knowledge and skills in health sciences research and practice. During their internship in the third semester, students will also be expected to develop their master thesis proposal, which will be supported by their supervisor and members of their research group.

Admission requirements

The required qualification for admission to the Master of the Health Sciences program is a Bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent higher education degree) with at least 180 ECTS points from a University recognized by the University of Lucerne.

Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in the following fields are admitted:

Economics, Business Administration / International Relations

  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Business Informatics
  • Finance

Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health

  • Human Medicine
  • Nursing Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences

Social Sciences, Social Work

  • Sociology
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Education / Special Education
  • Psychology
  • Social Work and Politics
  • Geography

Other Bacherlor’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

Application Deadline: 30 April 2013. Late applications are possible until 31 July 2013. Please note that supplementary a fee of CHF 150.00 will be charged for late applications.


Due to the national commitment to education and the generous funding from federal and cantonal governments, tuition fees at Swiss universities are relatively low.

Cantonal Grants

If you are not able to finance your education, you may apply for a cantonal grant. As a rule, the home canton is responsible for the grants. Each canton has its own grant regulation and the prerequisites for and the amount of the grant as well as the necessary formalities and deadlines vary from canton to canton. To be able to apply you must be in possession of a confirmation of enrolment. You can get the application form directly from the grants department of your home canton.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 4, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Feb. 2017
2 years
Full time
810 CHF
Start date Feb. 2017
Switzerland Luzern
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Duration 2 years
Price 810 CHF
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