Master in Health Sciences

Universität Luzern
Master of Arts (M.A.)
4 semester(s)
City, country:
Lucerne, Zentralschweiz, Switzerland
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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. After completion of the first semester, students can focus on areas that interest them most and choose from the following Majors:
  • Health Behavior and Management
  • Health Economics and Health Policy
  • Health Communication
  • Research Methods
  • Health Services Research
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.
Prof. Stefan Boes
Master Master of Arts (M.A.), Master in Health Sciences - Target audience

Target audience

The Health Sciences program offers the ideal preparation for students who aspire to have careers in healthcare in a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment and to undertake research in health sciences. 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, health administration/public health, health education and health promotion, management in state and federal health agencies, and other health-related industries.

The Master in Health Sciences is for motivated students who are looking for the challenges of a demanding program. With its interdisciplinary perspective, the Master of Health Sciences attracts candidates from a variety of educational backgrounds. Some students will have earned their first degree in fields such as social sciences, economics, medicine, psychology and other health related disciplines (nursing, physiotherapy etc.). This will allow graduates to benefit from the interactions within a diverse class of academic peers.
Master Master of Arts (M.A.), Master in Health Sciences - Emphasis/Curriculum


Program Modules
  • Human Functioning Sciences
  • Health Systems and Services
  • Research and Professional Skills
  • Methods
  • Major Courses
Master Master of Arts (M.A.), Master in Health Sciences - Practical relevance

Practical relevance

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/Entrance requirements

Due to the national commitment to education and the generous funding from federal and cantonal governments, tuition fees at Swiss universities are relatively low. The tuition fees per semester are as follows:
  • Semester fee for Swiss nationals: CHF 810.00
  • Semester fee for educational foreigners: CHF 1110.00
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

Admission procedure:
The program welcomes students with different backgrounds such as in sciences, social sciences, and humanities.


Language(s) of instruction: English
Going abroad: not possible

The Master of Health Sciences is taught in English. It is essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake an intensive and challenging academic course that is taught and examined in English. No English language certificates are required.

Learning Methods

Our students interact in small groups and have the opportunity to work closely with their supervisors.
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The University of Lucerne is the youngest university in Switzerland. Its roots stretch back as far as 1600, but it has only existed as a modern university since 2000. In the decade since it was founded, the number of students has grown from approximately 250 to around 2700 today. The new campus building, which was inaugurated in 2011, provides a surface area of 23 000 m2, a modern infrastructure with spacious lecture theatres, and areas for working and socializing.

Studying in Lucerne

Lucerne is located in the German-speaking region of Central Switzerland. It is the capital of the canton of Lucerne and the largest city in Central Switzerland with around 76 000 inhabitants. Lucerne has long been a destination for tourists due to its location on the shores of Lake Lucerne, within sight of the Pilatus and Rigi mountains and the panorama of the Swiss Alps.

Lucerne was voted one of the top 12 travel destinations in the world by TripAdvisor. Despite its many visitors, the city of Lucerne remains intimate, whilst its cultural life is on a par with other world cities and includes innovative theatres, exhibitions in renowned museums, the international Lucerne Festival, concerts covering the whole musical spectrum, and the “Fasnacht” (carnival).

Lucerne is a gateway to many exciting cities such as Milan, Paris or Munich, which can all be reached within a few hours by car, train or plane. Zurich Airport, the largest airport in Switzerland with intercontinental services, is only a one-hour train ride from Lucerne. The city’s central geographical location, countless tourists from Europe and overseas, and its mix of international researchers and students lend the city an international atmosphere, while preserving the aspects that are uniquely Swiss.

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