Heidelberg University was founded more than 600 years ago (in 1386) and is the oldest university in Germany. Today, as in the past, Heidelberg University is a leading institution in research and teaching in Europe. It has two medical faculties set in separate campuses, one in Heidelberg and one in Mannheim, both offering innovative courses of study.
At the Mannheim Medical Faculty Campus, masterlevel courses specializing in health-related fields, such as the health economics, are offered in addition to clinical medical training. These master programs aim to attract graduate students from various disciplines, forming interdisciplinary teams, and fostering mutual learning. Selected, highly qualified medical students may join a master-level course in their 4th and 5th year of study, while continuing their medical studies, thus pursuing a dual degree program. The MScHE is offered through the Mannheim Institute of Public Health (MIPH). The MIPH is strongly committed to the education of tomorrow's physicians and researchers through an extensive program of both teaching and research activities.
Health economic research within the MIPH is focused in three areas. In the first, the economic impact of health promotion and disease prevention strategies are evaluated, taking into consideration the social and cultural determinants of health within Germany. In the second research area, the role of individual preferences in informed decision making, specifically in the design of and adherence to health care interventions, is investigated. Finally, research is targeted towards international comparisons and health care reform with a focus on health care financing. This also includes trade in health services and medical tourism.
The MScHE is internationally connected to leading ins titutions in research, education, and industry, which contributes to the development of a diverse, globally engaged, health economics research community and workforce. Practical experiences, outside their program of study, may be arranged for students with our industrial partners, governmental and research agencies, and academic research collaborators in Germany, Europe and abroad.
The mission of the MScHE program is to provide first-class training in the theoretical foundations and practical applications of health economic methods for decision-making and policy development in health and health care.
The program is structured into four compact teaching blocks, followed by a period of individual research work.