What is the best MPH program

MPH - Master of Public Health

“Public health encompasses all social, political and organizational efforts aimed at improving the health situation, reducing the likelihood of illness and death, and increasing the life expectancy of groups or entire populations. Public health includes all organized, multidisciplinary and multiprofessional approaches to disease prevention, health promotion, disease control, disease management, rehabilitation and care. A particular focus is on the management and evaluation of collective health problems and the design of care with the aim of developing and controlling a health system that offers the entire population (or larger subpopulations) the best possible health care that is tailored to their needs - using culturally and medically appropriate care effective, ethically and economically justifiable means. "

Franzowiak, 2015

We pursue this application-oriented, population-based and interdisciplinary approach to public health in our Master of Public Health program.

Competencies and goals

The course conveys well-founded basics in the field of public health, offers a broad overview of methodological instruments and specialist knowledge and conveys competencies for careful analysis and problem solving of public health-related issues.

The course enables you to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies to

  • Describe and evaluate disease and health problems of the population from an epidemiological and health economic point of view;
  • to design, implement and evaluate effective health promotion and prevention interventions for socially and culturally diverse population groups;
  • Describe and evaluate health policies and reform processes in Switzerland and other countries against the legal, political and economic background;
  • To assess conditions and change processes in the health care system on the basis of a sound basic knowledge of health economics;
  • for decision-makers in politics, business, administration and associations to take a scientifically based and comprehensible position on public health issues;
  • To design and carry out research projects on public health issues and to present research processes and research results to the specialist public;
  • to mediate between different health care professionals and to integrate different disciplinary perspectives in the development of workable problem solutions.

Structure and content

The curriculum of the master’s course consists of a compulsory core course and a shell course with freely selectable modules.

Core studies

In the core course (36 ECTS points) you acquire the essential skills that a Master of Public Health should have. Therefore, all modules of the core course are compulsory. The core course is divided into three subject areas: epidemiology and biostatistics, health promotion and prevention, and health systems. The master's thesis is also part of the core course.

Basic and advanced level

In the first phase of the course, modules from the basic level are attended. The modules within a subject build on each other in terms of content and are timed so that you can attend all modules one after the other and thus meet the module requirements. In the advanced level, the skills acquired in the three subject areas are further refined and strengthened.

Master thesis

The master's thesis serves to deepen the content and methods of the course. With the master's thesis you show that you can apply what you have learned in practice. The project work is carried out under guidance and supervision. In preparation, create a project sketch in which you describe the planned project in detail. A publication or a written report (master's thesis) summarizes the results. A total of 14 ECTS points are awarded for the project outline and the master's thesis.

Mantle studies

In the mantle course (10 ECTS points) you work on and deepen selected topics depending on your interests, therefore all modules of the mantle course are elective. In principle, it is possible to attend elective modules in the curriculum at any time.

Module overview

The course of your studies and the timing of your module visits can be arranged flexibly: Depending on the capacity, you can visit some of the modules in the first or in a following year. It is important that you comply with the requirements that are listed in the detailed module descriptions. The modules require attendance and self-study. Each module includes proof of performance in the form of an examination, presentation or written term paper.

Basic level


Introduction of public health


Swiss health system

Subject 1


Introduction to Epidemiology and Study Designs


Concepts, methods and applications of descriptive and analytical epidemiology


From Evidence to Implementation and Evaluation in Public Health


Introduction to systematic reviews and meta-analyzes: the 24-step approach


Basic biostatistics

Subject 2


Basics of health science and social epidemiology


Social Science Research Methods in Public Health


Environment and health

Subject 3


Health law


Health policy


Health economics

Advanced level
Subject 1


Statistical methods for dealing with confounding and interactions in epidemiological studies


Evidence-based public health using the GRADE approach

Subject 2


Identify and solve a public health problem


Health promotion and prevention: designing and evaluating interventions


Socio-cultural contexts, migration and health equality

Subject 3


Economic evaluation in health care

Mantle studies

A selection of modules offered every two to three years.

Shell modules


One Health


economic modeling - hands-on


Assessment, remuneration and optimal care in the health


Child and youth health in Switzerland


Personalized and Public Health


Health Systems and Services in International Comparison


The health
statistical data sources for Switzerland


Lifestyles and Health


Quality and Safety in Health Care


Sociocultural Transformations and Health


Ethics and Public Health


Social marketing


Work, health and corporate health


Chronic diseases and multimorbidity


Public Mental Health


Innovative forms of care in health care


Accidental Injuries and Fatalities: Research, Safety Promotion, and Accident Prevention


Project management

Conclusion and costs

The further education course in Public Health concludes with the title “Master of Public Health from the Universities of Basel, Bern and Zurich” (MPH).

The course comprises 60 ECTS points and is completed in two to a maximum of five years while working. The tuition fees are around CHF 39,000. This includes registration and graduation fees, course documents and refreshments during breaks.