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Health Business Administration (MHBA)

What is the degree programme about?

This degree programme for working professionals is studied on a distance-learning basis. In addition to teaching university-level economics skills, it also provides institutional insights into healthcare for all professionals and managers. Many stakeholders in the healthcare sector are not sufficiently prepared for the increasing economisation of the sector. Interdisciplinary training, knowledge of economics and an understanding of different economic perspectives will therefore become increasingly important.

This degree programme is designed especially for healthcare professionals who do not have a background in economics (e.g. doctors). The focus is on developing and strengthening the skills of all potential managers in the healthcare sector, in particular in the area of business administration. This is achieved thorough targeted teaching of elements of business administration that are relevant for healthcare.

What Bachelor's degree do I need to have?

In principle, all applicants with a Bachelor's degree in economics, social sciences, sciences and in particular medicine are eligible for this degree programme. 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 MHBA 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. In terms of content, the degree programme is structured as follows: The first semester begins with two introductory modules in business administration. This is followed by two additional introductory modules in healthcare in the second semester.

The third semester focuses on specific issues in healthcare in the areas of outpatient care, inpatient care and business administration for pharmacies, of which two modules must be selected according to interests. During the fourth semester students write their Master's thesis and explore a healthcare topic in depth.

Module 1

  • Business and economics
  • Legal foundations I: Contracts and commercial law
  • Legal foundations II: Employment law and other legal provisions
  • Phases of an enterprise
  • Legal forms of enterprises
  • Business objectives
  • Procurement and logistics
  • Production
  • Marketing
  • Investment (use of capital)

Module 2

  • Financing (capital procurement)
  • Human resources
  • External accounting: balance sheets
  • Internal accounting: cost accounting
  • Taxation
  • Decision theory
  • Company management
  • Organisation
  • Communication and information
  • Internationalisation

Module 3

  • Models for structuring the provision of healthcare
  • Overview of the German social security system and healthcare system
  • Statutory health insurance I: institutions, insured persons, insurance cover
  • Statutory health insurance II: steering and proposals for reform
  • Private health insurance
  • Occupational health management
  • International comparison of healthcare systems
  • Managed care
  • Economic evaluation in health
  • Internet research and medical information procurement

Module 4

  • Overview of outpatient medical care
  • Overview of dental care
  • Overview of the hospital system in Germany
  • Overview of the pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical wholesale and pharmacies
  • Medicinal products
  • Overview of the medical engineering industry
  • Overview of the provision of therapeutic remedies and aids
  • Overview of emergency services
  • Effects of demographic development
  • OR methods in healthcare

Module 5

  • Remuneration of medical services: past, present and future
  • Cost accounting and controlling in medical practices
  • Personnel management
  • Marketing in changing framework conditions
  • Practice networks: foundation, structure and management
  • Medical care centres and other forms of cooperation
  • Integrated care and disease management programmes
  • Capitation and global fees
  • IT as the basis for a continuous treatment process
  • Pharmaceutical management as the basis for activating efficiency reserves

Module 6

  • Hospital financing including financing alternatives
  • Hospital management and process cost accounting
  • Service programme management
  • Quality management and QM certification
  • Risk management
  • Human resource management
  • Hospital marketing
  • Finance management
  • Material management
  • Care management

Module 7

  • The global market environment
  • Concentration processes in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Research and development
  • Approval of medicinal products
  • Success factors in market introduction
  • Patent protection and pricing
  • Sales channels and sales representatives
  • Pharmaceutical marketing
  • Ethical aspects of the pharmaceutical industry
  • Future challenges for big pharma
Potential challenges

As the degree programme is designed as a degree programme for working professionals, 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-based blocks on just three weekends during the entire degree programme 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 MHBA 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 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 programme start date and application deadlines
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Degree type: Master of Health Business Administration (MHBA)
Type of study: Professional development Distance learning programme (Master)
Location: Distance learning and presence in Nuremberg
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: yes
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law