MAS in Public Health

The Master of Public Health programme, offered jointly by the Universities of Basel, Bern and Zurich, is application-oriented, population-related and interdisciplinary. It provides a comprehensive education in public health, a broad overview of methodological tools and expertise, and skills for careful analysis and problem-solving in public health. From enhancing your skills to preparing for future health challenges, this programme is designed to meet your specific needs and to support your professional development in healthcare.

A key feature is its modular, inter-university design, which gives you the flexibility to tailor your studies and career path. Each module is an individual training unit, allowing you to create a personalised study plan.

Join this programme to develop your expertise in public health and hone the skills needed to make a significant contribution to the field. 

The curriculum consists of a compulsory core study programme with basic and advanced modules and a complementary study programme of electives (compulsory optional modules).

Core study programme (50 ECTS)

Basic level
Introductory modules 3 ECTS
Subject area 1 Subject area 2 Subject area 3

Epidemiologie und Biostatistik


Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention




Advanced level
Subject area 1 Subject area 2 Subject area 3

Epidemiologie und Biostatistik


Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention




Master thesis 14 ECTS

Complementary study programme 10 ECTS


There is flexibility in how you study and when you attend modules: Depending on availability, you may take some modules in the first year or in a subsequent year. It is important that you meet the requirements set out in the detailed module descriptions. Modules require attendance and self-study. Each module includes a performance assessment in the form of an examination, a presentation or a written assignment. For a detailed overview of the modules, please visit the MPH website.

A supervised Master's thesis at the end of the programme gives participants the opportunity to put what they have learned into practice. A total of 60 ECTS credits are completed in two to a maximum of five years while working. The programme concludes with the title "Master of Public Health of the Universities of Basel, Bern and Zurich" (MPH).

More than 100 national and international experts from teaching and practice will be teaching in the various modules. This will provide you with excellent networking opportunities with representatives from various national institutions in the Swiss healthcare system and at an international level. The programme is characterised by high flexibility, practical experience, an innovative learning environment and individual support. 

The programme is aimed at professionals with a Master's degree and professional experience who wish to adapt their skills to new challenges in the health sector. Admission "sur dossier" is possible in individual cases for people with comparable qualifications and professional experience. Doctors who wish to obtain the specialist title "FMH Prevention and Public Health" will cover the required theoretical part of their further training with this Master's degree.

To apply for the Master of Advanced Studies in Public Health, you must have a Master’s level in a related subject and appropriate professional experience. In special circumstances, candidates with equivalent qualifications and experience may be considered.

You're also welcome to explore individual modules before committing to the full programme. For further information on how to apply, please visit the Master of Public Health website.

Please note that admission to our programmes is not guaranteed and may be restricted at the discretion of our programme management. You can enrol for the Master of Advanced Studies in Public Health at the University of Zurich by email.

Upon acceptance, you will receive written confirmation and an invoice for the admission fee. Each module for which you register will be invoiced separately. 

If you decide to cancel your module enrolment before the registration deadline, no fees will be charged. However, if you cancel after the deadline, the full module fee will be payable.

The total tuition fee of approximately CHF 39,000 covers registration, graduation, course materials and refreshments during breaks. Course fees do not cover insurance, travel expenses or personal living expenses during your stay in Switzerland, or any other costs associated with your participation.

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