Health and Medical Management (MHMM)

What is the degree programme about?

This professional development programme is studied on a distance-learning basis and focuses exclusively on medical content. It is designed for professionals in healthcare management who have so far had no training in medicine. The content is taught in a practice-based manner based on the dialogue and cooperation between medical professionals and other professional groups working in healthcare.

What Bachelor's degree degree do I need to have?

As this is not a consecutive Master's degree programme, it can therefore be taken by graduates with a Bachelor's degree or Diplom in business and economics, social sciences, sciences, engineering and law. Interested individuals from other subject areas may also be accepted. More information about admission requirements is available below.

If you are interested in the degree programme and have a degree in a different subject or a degree from a different university in Germany or abroad, please contact the degree programme coordinator.

Modules and degree programme structure

Students on the MHMM distance-learning degree programme primarily acquire knowledge on the basis of written material. Every semester students receive two folders (= modules) containing 10 texts of approximately 50 to 60 pages; each text constitutes the workload of one week. Over the course of two modules in the first semester, students are provided with an overview of the framework conditions for medical activities, anatomy and physiology, the principles of diagnostics and treatment methods.

In the second semester, students complete two further modules in pathology covering relevant organ-related diseases. The third semester is dedicated to the main categories of drugs and addresses cross-cutting and specific issues. In the fourth semester, students intensively explore a medical topic during their Master's thesis.

Module 1

  • History of medicine
  • Legal and professional studies and fields of medicine
  • Epidemiology, prevention and rehabilitation
  • Medical ethics
  • Medical terminology
  • Histology and pathology
  • Anatomy and physiology: movement, circulation, blood and the body's own defence
  • Anatomy and physiology: digestion, excretion and genital organs
  • Anatomy and physiology: sensory organs, nerves, skin and the endocrine system
  • Medicine in specific stages of life

Module 2

  • General symptoms and first diagnostic steps
  • Laboratory and functional diagnostics
  • Imaging techniques
  • Genetics and gene tests
  • Disease-specific diagnosis based on symptom
  • Overview of surgical treatment methods
  • Overview of conservative therapy methods
  • Occupational and environmental medicine
  • Emergency and intensive medicine
  • Alternative medicine

Module 3

  • Structure of the module and classification of diseases
  • Diseases of the muscle and skeleton systems and connective tissues
  • Diseases of the skin and subcutis
  • Diseases of the eyes and ears
  • Diseases of the nose, throat and larynx
  • Diseases of the lungs and respiratory system
  • Diseases of the oesophagus, stomach and intestines
  • Diseases of the liver, gallbladder and pancreas
  • Diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract
  • Diseases of the genitals

Module 4

  • Diseases of the heart
  • Diseases of the arteries
  • Diseases of the veins and cardiovascular regulation
  • Diseases of the blood and the blood-forming organs
  • Diseases of the lymphatic system
  • Infectious diseases
  • Hormonal diseases and diseases of the hormone regulation system
  • Metabolic diseases and disorders of homeostasis
  • Diseases of the nervous system
  • Mental illnesses and behavioural disorders

Module 5

  • Pharmacology and toxicology – an overview
  • Pharmacology and pharmaceutical therapy of the nervous system
  • Pharmacotherapy of the mind, sleep and during anaesthesia
  • Pharmacotherapy of malignant tumours, infectious diseases and immune modulation
  • Pharmacology and pharmaceutical therapy of metabolic imbalances
  • Pharmacology and pharmaceutical therapy of the blood, heart and blood vessels
  • Pharmacology and pharmaceutical therapy of the lungs and respiratory system
  • Pharmacology and pharmaceutical therapy of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Pharmacology and pharmaceutical therapy of the kidneys and urinary tract and cardiovascular regulation
  • Pharmacology and pharmaceutical therapy of the endocrine system and other hormones

Module 6

  • Prevention and early detection
  • First aid and lay medicine
  • Lifestyle medicine
  • Rehabilitative medicine
  • Palliative medicine
  • Hygiene management
  • Orphan diseases
  • Dentistry
  • Ambient assisted living (AAL)
  • Evidence-based medicine (EBM) and treatment paths
Potential challenges

As the degree programme is designed as an extra-occupational distance learning programme, it requires a high level of motivation in order to manage the additional workload alongside employment. We therefore send out motivational emails at regular intervals. The short attendance phases on just three weekends during the entire study time help to make it as easy as possible to combine studying and working.

Frequently asked questions about the degree programme

How high is the workload for the degree programme?

The MHMM degree programme is structured as a part-time study programme (4 semesters x 15 ECTS = 60 ECTS). Written material is primarily used to teach the study content. It will be sent to you in paper form by post and is also available as a PDF file on the website. In general, you should work on one text of approximately 50 to 60 pages per week.

You can flexibly decide on when you want to work on the texts, enabling you to optimally combine your studies with your own schedule. During the first three semesters, students submit ungraded assignments and complete Internet-based multiple choice questions. On attendance days students take a graded examination. In the fourth semester students write their Master's thesis.

How is the degree programme fee charged?

The degree programme fee can be paid as a one-off payment or in instalments. The current conditions can be found on the website (

What other costs will I have to cover?

None. The degree programme fee covers all costs (e.g. documents, examination fees, student services fee, catering during the attendance weekends). Even if you decide to take a break from studying no other costs will be incurred. The only additional costs you have to cover are your travel/accommodation costs during the attendance days.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are a degree completed at a university of applied sciences or university in any subject (apart from medicine) with a standard duration of eight semesters or 240 ECTS credits. Additional possibilities for admission (from 180 ECTS) are subject to a special qualification assessment process. Two years of relevant professional work after graduation in a private or public company, associations and administrations must be proven.

Degree program start date and application deadlines
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Degree type: Master of Health and Medical Management (MHMM)
Type of study: Professional development Distance learning programme (Master), Professional development programme subject to a fee
Location: Distance learning and presence in Nuremberg
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree program: Winter Term
Size: (currently 1-50 Students)
Admission: Qualification assessment