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Study organisation and course structure

The study programme begins each winter semester; the regular study period is 4 semesters. It is a full-time study programme, organised in block weeks to offer a possibility of studying to those interested persons with family responsibilities who live further away. There are four block weeks (Monday-Saturday) per semester in the first three semesters and in the fourth semester three colloquia days, which all take place in Halle (Saale).

Besides the compulsory section "Evidence-basing of activities in health, nursing and therapy science" with 65 ETCS credits, one of the following compulsory elective subjects has to be selected:

  •  Compulsory elective section I: Scientific expertise in health, nursing and therapy and its management (55 ETCS) 
  • Compulsory elective section II: Education and didactics in the healthcare professions and their evidence (55 ETCS)

The compulsory section "Evidence-basing of activities in health, nursing and therapy science" includes the following modules and module achievements:

Title of the module

LP

Module achievements

Sem.

1    

Research Methods I

10

Exam

1.

2  

Ethics, Philosophy of Science and Epistemology and Research Management

5

Exam

1.

3  

Evidence-based Clinical Expertise

5

Case report / project presentation

2.

4  

Evidence-based Practice 

Term paper

2.

5  

Evidence-based Practice & Related Didactics

5

Exam

3.

6  

International Comparison of Health and Welfare Systems 

5

Exam

3.

7    

Master Thesis

30

Master thesis / defence

4.

Elective section I “Expertise of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied-health Professions and its Management”

Title of the module

LP

Module achievements

Sem.

10-1 A-F

Clinical Research Project (1)

5

Study protocol

1.

10-2 A-F

Clinical Research Project (2)

10

Manuscript

2.-3.

11

Research Methods II

5

Exam

1.

12

Quality Management in Research and Practice of Health Care

5

Exam

1.

13

Health in all stages of life

5

Exam or term paper

2.

14

Epidemiology

5

Exam

2.

15

Juridical Topics in Research and Practice of Healthcare

5

Exam

2.

16

Human Resources and Organizational Development in Research and Health Care Delivery

5

Exam

3.

17

Health Economics for Health Care Professions

5

Exam

3.

18

Internship "Scientific Expertise of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied-health Professions and its Management" 

5

Internship report

3.

Elective section II “Education and Didactics of the Health Care Professions and Related Evidence”

Title of the module

LP

Module achievements

 

Sem.

 

20-1 A-C

Research Projects: Vocational Training, Further Education and Training/ Higher Education I

5

Study protocol

1.

20-2 A-C

Research Projects: Vocational Training, Further Education and Training/ Higher Education II

10

Manuscript

2.-3.

21

Didactics of the Health Professions I

5

Exam

1.

22

Quality Management of the Educational Processes of the Health Professions

5

Exam

1.

23

Didactics of the Health Professions II

5

Exam

2.

24

Higher Education or School Internship

15

Teaching report

2.-3.

25

Juridical Topics in the Educational Processes of the Health Professions

5

Exam

2.

26

Educational Management, Human Resources and Organizational Development of the Educational Dynamics Regarding the Health Professions

5

Exam

3.

Research projects

The research-oriented study projects are one of the key elements of the study programme. Here, students in small groups learn how to frame scientific questions and compile them in a study concept. During the further course of studying, this study concept is implemented and the first results are prepared ready for publication. This is not only important against the background of the synergistic effects of the theory-practice transfer, where what has been learned in the modules is transferred to the topics of research methods and research management; it is at the same time a preparation for the master's thesis and doctorate and also facilitates competencies in professional problem-solving and organisational skills of project management.

In the compulsory elective section I, one of each of the following elective modules in the field of clinical research projects must be selected (module 10.1 A-F, respectively 10.2 A-F): 

A. Evidence-based therapeutic and nursing practice

B. Geriatric-gerontological nursing and therapeutic measures

C. Nursing and therapeutic measures in oncology

D. Therapeutic and nursing measures in health promotion, prevention and rehabilitation

E. Midwifery and Family Care

F. Biomedical Analysis / Radiological Technology / Functional Diagnostics

 

In the compulsory elective section II, one of each of the following elective modules in the field of research projects must be selected (module 20.1 A-C, respectively 20.2 A-C):

A. Vocational training and further education and training / higher education

B. Health-related education programmes for patients and relatives

C. Academization / education policies in the health professions

Master’s thesis

 

The master's thesis requires independent work on a topic in the field of health and nursing sciences using scientific methods and requires the ability to deal with the chosen topic, to develop methodological approaches in written form and to present the research process and results within the framework of a scientific debate. The master's thesis, which comprises 900 student work hours, will be credited with 30 ETCS.

Internships

In the Master Degree programme Health and Nursing Sciences (120 credits) a four-week research-based internship (module 18) with an amount of up to 5 credits must be completed in the compulsory elective section I (Scientific expertise in health, nursing and therapy and its management). During the internship in a healthcare company, a problematic issue should be dealt with using an evidence-based approach.  

The higher education and school internship (module 24) in the compulsory elective section II (Education and didactics in the healthcare professions and their evidence) forms an independent module with an amount of 15 credits. It includes not only the preparation and post-processing (structured reflection) of the practical phases, but also the implementation of concrete, successive levels of teaching and assignments.