M.Sc. Health Science - Prevention and Health Promotion

Information on teaching in the summer semester 2020 and winter semester 2020/21

The Federal Government and the Bavarian State Ministries have adopted extensive measures for dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19). The universities are also joining the implementation of these measures.

Please note the information on the effects of Covid-19 on studies, teaching and examinations on the central website.

Department-specific information can be found in the following sections

Submission of theses:

Please submit your final theses digitally - instructions for uploading are available. Remember to email the download link to both Ms. Hufnagel and the reviewer.

Please note that the digital submission is only accepted subject to the later submission of the thesis in the usual format. The printed papers must be received by the department at the latest two weeks after the digital submission. They can be dropped centrally into the white mailbox in the entrance area of Campus D (address: Georg-Brauchle-Ring 62) or sent to the faculty by mail.

Examinations in the examination period of the winter semester 2020/21:

As you have already been informed by e-mail on 28.01.2021, the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences (SG), in view of the continuing tense situation in the context of the Covid 19 pandemic and the uncertainty of further developments, has decided, in consultation with the Examination Board and the Ministry of Education, to reduce all contacts to the absolute minimum necessary. Therefore, a digital alternative will be made available for all exams of the winter semester 2020/21, which will allow you to take your exams without contact.

Please help to reduce the pandemic and choose your exam form with a high sense of health and therefore also responsibility. Therefore, please opt for the digital forms of examination that you can perform at home. You will not suffer any disadvantages, but will protect yourself and your fellow human beings.

  • For exams that take place at the same time as previously scheduled, please register for one of the two forms of examination (digital at home or digital in presence) by 07 February 2021.
  • For exams that have been moved to March (3/15 - 3/27/2021), please register for one of the two forms of exams (digital at home or digital in-person) by February 14, 2021.

Registration is now open for both exam periods.

If you have already started your internship in March and need a confirmation of the required participation in an exam for the employer, please contact the Academic Advising Center (praktikum.sg@tum.de).

An overview of the individual possible types of examinations is available for download. In addition, you will receive detailed information from your examiners for each exam. During the exams, a contact person can always be reached by phone in case of technical problems; your examiners will provide these numbers for the individual exams in advance.

Notes on data protection:

All software used has been checked and approved by the TUM data protection officer. The privacy policy for Proctorio can be found at https://www.prolehre.tum.de/fileadmin/w00btq/www/Angebote_Fernpruefungen/Datenschutzerklaerung_Proctorio_an_der_TUM_v09.pdf. After the check, the necessary Proctorio plugin can be uninstalled again without leaving any residue if desired. Should you nevertheless exclude participation in a Proctorio exam for data protection reasons, you are free to cancel the exam completely. The deadlines for the completion of minimum credit totals as part of the study progress check for the further course of study have been extended by one semester across the board in order to take account of Corona-related restrictions. This regulation is made centrally for all students and does not require a separate application to the responsible examination board.

We would like to thank you very much for your understanding and support.

Your Study and Teaching Team

P.S. For further questions please contact the student advisory service (studienberatung.sg@tum.de)

Status: 03.02.2021

Student-Newsletter Wintersemester 2020/21 and start of studies

Here you can download the student newsletter: Students' Newsletter Master Winter Semester 2020/21

The Learning Competence Team offers helpful tips and workshops to help students get started:

- Learning guide for first semester students : Moodle page "Learning in the first (online) semester: Tips and tricks for a successful start to your studies"

- Workshop Program

- Handbook on the topic "Learning in times of Corona"

Description of Content

The students will engage with the bio-psycho-social concept of health in great depth. The design of the M.Sc. program follows the WHO definition of health: "A complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". Therefore the focus lies on health promotion and prevention.

This specialization is a result of the development of the public health system. Demographic changes, in conjunction with an increase in life expectancy, diseases of civilization, and mental abnormalities, present new challenges for employees in the health care sector.

The importance of both personal health and the strategic interventions involved will increase. This means development of strategies for strengthening of individual resources, healthy nutrition, and age-appropriate physical activity. This multidisciplinary concept includes gender and diversity aspects, and focuses not only on the individual but also on special groups, e.g. in companies. This master's program not only provides theoretical knowledge of the sciences of nutrition, movement and psychology, but also enables the students to work in interdisciplinary research projects with risk factors and patient groups with different diseases.

Educational Organization

The course of studies consists of 5 central units:

  1. Health Science Research
  2. Research Methods
  3. Applied Research
  4. Complementary Subjects
  5. Master´s Thesis

The first unit runs over two semesters and fosters a concept of health promotion that exceeds disease prevention by strengthening personal resources, as well as behavioral and environmental factors. Additionally, students can customize their studies in order to focus on a specialist area: "Physical Activity", "Nutrition" or "Psychology". These electives provide the students with methodological knowledge in natural science and sociological prevention research, and leads to practical applications in a scientific context in the following semester.

The second unit focuses on research methods. "Study Design; Ethics" provides a closer look at research and ethical guidelines from different scientific experts. The students will also enroll in "Advanced Statistics", "Qualitative Research Methods" and "Scientific Data Processing". This will provide a basis for students to conduct high quality quantitative or qualitative research in the field of health sciences.  

The third unit offers different electives. Besides theoretical lectures and methodological testing, the students are given guidance in going through all the steps of their research projects in project teams. Two of the following fields of research may be chosen:

  • Cardiovascular/metabolic Health and Disorders
  • Diversity and Health
  • Mental Health and Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Neurological Health and Disorders
  • Orthopedic Health and Disorders

The fourth unit offers customized studies in "Complementary Subjects". These subjects prepare students for different professional settings. This unit allows specialization in one professional context or the option of interdisciplinary courses.

The fifth unit is the master's thesis. The master's thesis carries 30 credits, and should be started after all modules from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd semesters have been successfully passed. Maximum processing time is 6 months. The M.Sc degree will conclude once the thesis is complete.

Course Objectives

Graduates will be able to apply scientific knowledge to specific target groups and therefore contribute to a healthy society. Their interdisciplinary knowledge enables them to combine health promotion and prevention strategies for individuals and groups. The holistic approach of this program allows graduate's knowledge in health, nutrition, and psychology to be applied to socially relevant issues. Graduates will be able to choose, develop and foster customized strategies to increase resilience of the chosen target groups with respect to concepts of participation and diversity. They have the knowledge to develop, organize and implement best-practice concepts for health promotion involving social, cultural, and behavior-based factors.

Additionally, graduate's advanced knowledge in field and laboratory research will allow them to develop, implement, and critically evaluate study designs independently. Graduates will be experts in assessing costs, values, and efficiency of international health programs and feasibility studies. They are able to judge health concepts and programs while considering international quality standards. Their knowledge and experience will allow graduates to develop evidence-based approaches for enhanced health strategies while considering guidelines of good (clinical) practice and ethics. This approach can be adapted to different settings (e.g. kindergarten, companies), populations, and age groups. 


All information about the application can be found here.

International elements

  • Language of Instruction is English
  • Projecting and designing of health is an international issue
  • International labor market needs will be considered
  • Inspired by the bio-psycho-social concept of the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nation's official coordination institution for international public health systems

Information & Downloads

General study documents

Start of the study WS 2021/22

Start of the study WS 2020/21

Start of the study WS 2019/20

Start of the study WS 17/18 and WS 18/19

Start of the study before WS 17/18

Student Advisory Service

Student Advisory Office
Department of Sport and Health Sciences
Campus D, room R604
Georg-Brauchle Ring 60/62
80992 Munich

phone: +49(0)89.289.24614
E-Mail: Studienberatung.sg(at)tum.de

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80992 München

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Georg-Brauchle-Ring 60_62
80992 München

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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Stefanie Klug

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Georg-Brauchle-Ring 60_62
80992 München