MA in Health Sciences


Program Description

Content and Goal

The Master of Arts 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. At the heart of the program is the lived experience of persons, and how individuals interact with their environment in the context of health. Students learn how to describe, understand and influence a person’s health from a social science perspective. Students also have the opportunity to choose a major and get more in-depth knowledge in a specific area, depending on their professional interests and career direction. The MA 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 the growing prevalence of chronic diseases are a main challenge within the health care system.

Prospective Students

The program welcomes students with different backgrounds such as natural sciences, biology, medicine, social sciences, and humanities. For questions regarding admission requirements, organization and planning of studies, please contact the school via our inquiry form.

Career Prospects

The MA Health Sciences offers the ideal preparation for students who aspire to have careers in health care in a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment. In our Master program, we are dedicated to educating students so they are in an excellent position to further their career in health-related areas including positions in research, in the private sector, health administration/public health, health education, health promotion, and management in state and federal health agencies.

Overview Master Program in Health Sciences

Master of Arts in Health Sciences (Interdisciplinary Study Programme, 120 ECTS-Credits)

  • Basic Studies: Human Functioning Sciences 16 Credits, Health Systems and Services 6 Credits, Methods I 12 Credits, Methods II 6 Credits, Research and Professional Skills I 8 Credits, Research and Professional Skills II 8 Credits, Research and Professional Skills III 8 Credits, Research and Professional Skills IV 4 Credits
  • Majors: Health Communication, Health Behavior and Management, Health Economics and Health Policy, Health Services Research, Research Methods – 20 Credits
  • Master Thesis: with Research Internship and Oral Defense - 32 Credits

Study Program

The two-year master’s program with 120 ECTS-credits consists of core courses, offered during the first three semesters, and major courses starting in the second semester. The core courses include different modules: human functioning sciences, health systems and services, research design, and quantitative/qualitative research methods. Other core courses include scientific and professional skills development. Starting in the second semester, students can choose a major, according to their interest. After the first year, students will be required to do an internship and start a research project, while the fourth (final) semester will be dedicated to completing the master thesis.


Our majors provide students with the unique opportunity to closely work with their supervisors and further develop their expertise in the chosen area of interest.

  • Health Communication: Studying the science of using communication to influence health decisions at the individual level, in institutions and in policy.
  • Health Behavior and Management: Learning how health behaviors and health experiences can be addressed and changed with appropriate interventions.
  • Health Economics & Health Policy: Providing the foundation and principles of economic thinking and theories of political science to understand complex health systems, and to identify and address future challenges in the healthcare sector.
  • Health Services Research: Learning the methods to evaluate the effectiveness of healthcare services and assess the performance of health systems.
  • Research Methods: Developing skills to aid decision making processes in the health sciences and related fields using state of the art quantitative and qualitative research.

Internship and Master Thesis

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

«The MA Health Sciences program provides me with a comprehensive knowledge of health from different perspectives and prepares me well for future challenges in the exciting field of health.»
Lukas Studer, Graduate 2015, Major Health Economics and Health Policy

«By choosing the Major in Research Methods and doing my research internship at Swiss Paraplegic Research in Nottwil, I feel that many opportunities within the world of health research have opened up for me.»
Siri Svedberg, Graduate 1015, Major Research Methods.

Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

The Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy of the University of Lucerne promotes research and prepares scientists to work in the field of health and disability from a biopsychosocial perspect ... Read More

The Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy of the University of Lucerne promotes research and prepares scientists to work in the field of health and disability from a biopsychosocial perspective. Read less