Busi­­ness Stud­ies in Health­­care Man­age­­ment (BSc)

Start of Programme
Winter and summer semesters
Language of instruction
German and English
Programme duration
7 full-time semesters, 210 ECTS
Bachelor of Arts

Why the study programme Business Studies in Healthcare Management?

The health sector has been an extremely active growth industry for years and thus also a job engine with remarkable employment growth. Currently, every eighth employee in Germany works in this sector. At the same time, the industry is undergoing fundamental change: demographics, digitalisation and a shortage of skilled workers demand new care models, structures and processes.

The study programme is broadly based and allows you interesting entry and career opportunities after graduation. In addition to the classic areas of healthcare, such as hospital, rehabilitation or nursing, there are attractive career fields in the areas of pharmaceuticals, medical technology, health insurance companies or consulting and auditing. And even beyond health care institutions and the health care industry, there are attractive occupational fields in the areas of occupational health management, interest groups and management consultancy.

We qualify you as an expert in business administration and impart the necessary specialist knowledge about the German health system. In addition to classic business management skills (including human resources management, organisation, controlling), you will also acquire knowledge in the areas of information and transformation management, digitalisation, process management and medicine. With this knowledge, you will be able to take on controlling and managerial tasks at the management level of companies in the healthcare industry.

In addition to specialist knowledge, the development of your social skills is also an important component of the study programme. Because in order to mediate between the different actors and professional fields of the health system, you must be able to put yourself in the shoes of these groups and organisational structures. Internationalisation and practice-cooperative, project-oriented events offer you the "view beyond your own nose" and important competences, also with regard to start-ups and start-up options (entrepreneurship).

Ad­mis­sion and ap­plic­a­tion

Ad­mis­sion re­quire­ments

  • at least advanced technical college entrance qualification (valid in Bavaria)
  • for international applicants: German C1
  • there are no restrictions on admission in this programme

Ap­plic­a­tion period

Winter semester: 02.05. until 15.07.
Summer semester: 15.11. until 15.01.

Ap­plic­a­tion portal

Please use the application portal by the above deadlines to apply to this programme.

About the pro­gramme

Contents of the study programme

The study programme "Business Administration in the Health Sector" deals with business administration with a focus on the health sector. In addition, specialised knowledge such as medicine and therapy, information management, team development and process management are taught. The focus is always on the practical application of the acquired knowledge. The knowledge is put into practice in various transfer projects as well as in the practical semester.

Area of business administration (BWL) / health management:

General business administration, business administration of the health sector, introduction to economics, health economics, accounting, controlling, business law, personnel management and organisation, personnel management, finance.

Complementary specialist knowledge:

Information management, basics of medicine, nursing and therapy, medical law, team development and conflict resolution, process management.


Mathematics, business English, statistics, scientific work, application-oriented methods of empirical social research.

Structure of the study programme

Semester 1-3:

Theoretical foundations in the 3 pillars

  • Economics / Health Management
  • Complementary specialist knowledge
  • Methodological tools
Semester 4:
  •     Practical semester
Semester 5-6:
  • Specialisation subjects
  • Transfer projects
  • Supplementary subject knowledge
  • Economics/Health Management
Semester 7:
  • Specialisation subject
  • Compulsory elective subject (can be chosen from the entire range of courses offered by the university)
  • Economics/Health Management
  • Bachelor thesis

Special features

This degree programme is practice-oriented and interdisciplinary. In addition to the core competence in business administration, comprehensive competences in the area of digitalisation and basic knowledge in medicine are acquired. The degree programme is suitable both for high school graduates and as academic further education for people with completed vocational training in the healthcare sector.

The proven practical relevance is demonstrated in various cooperative projects as well as in cooperation with the university's Innovation Space.

The wide-ranging fields of activity of our graduates are proof of the good and broadly based qualifications of the degree programme. In addition to management activities in health care companies, our graduates can also be found in start-ups, IT companies, management consultancies, public authorities or in companies outside the health care sector.

The standard period of study is 7 semesters. A practical semester is planned in the fourth semester. The fifth semester can be used to study abroad for a semester. The HNU offers a wide range of cooperation opportunities.

Career perspectives

The health care sector is an industry with great growth and employment opportunities: currently, one in eight employees in Germany already works in this sector. It is assumed that the number will continue to rise, by 0.8 percent annually. Business economists with in-depth knowledge of the sector are in particular demand among employers in:

  • Nursing homes, rehabilitation clinics, hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical/medical technology/products companies
  • Health insurance companies
  • Outpatient service providers, e.g. MVZs, practices, outpatient care services
  • Manufacturers/service providers whose customers are active in the health sector
  • Consultancies, software companies, etc.
  • Non-profit organisations in the health sector, e.g. Caritas, Malteser, Diakonie, Johanniter, etc.
  • Public institutions in the health sector, e.g. ministries
  • Associations and institutions in the health sector
  • Companies with their own company health management

Specialisation subjects in the areas of quality management, procurement, marketing, auditing and human resources, among others, provide targeted orientation with regard to the future occupational field in the further course of the degree programme. Depending on your subject profile, you will be well trained for specialist and management tasks in the following areas:

  • Cost and revenue controlling, budget negotiations, finance and accounting, investment and financial planning, auditing
  • Medical controlling, patient accounting and receivables management
  • Personnel management, personnel development, organisational development
  • Purchasing management
  • Occupational health management
  • Quality management
  • Marketing, public relations, sales of medical technology and pharmaceutical products
  • Facility management and logistics
  • e-Health and information management
  • Risk management
  • Facility management
  • Start-ups

Internships and stays abroad

The Business Administration in Health Care degree programme is characterised by a high level of application orientation: You complete the fourth semester as a practical semester in a health care institution and work on three different practical projects (transfer projects) during your study period. Here you will implement the methods and theories you have learned in teamwork. You will be guided and supervised by professors with many years of practical experience and expertise in different areas of health management.

In principle, it is also possible to carry out the practical semester in all business management functions in companies and organisations outside the health sector. In this case, we recommend carrying out a further internship or working student activity in typical institutions or companies in the health sector.

Stays abroad are not compulsory, but are recommended. A semester abroad and/or completing an internship abroad are possible. Shorter stays such as short internships, language courses or summer or winter schools are also possible. Students receive advice from Neu-Ulm University and the faculty and are supported in their implementation.

As preparation, courses from the large range of languages offered by the Language Centre can be taken from the 2nd semester onwards. A mobility window is planned for the 5th semester, but a stay abroad can easily take place later or even earlier. A semester abroad before or after the practical semester is a very good way of adapting to the semester times of the (partner) university. The specialisation subjects and the compulsory electives, which comprise 35 ECTS in this degree programme, are particularly suitable for crediting work done abroad.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction in this degree programme is predominantly German. The modules Process Management and Seminar are held in English. Occasionally, parts of a module may be held in English, e.g. when using guest lecturers from abroad.

Contribution and fees

There are no tuition fees. A semester fee (administrative fees and solidarity fee) is charged per semester. Information on this can be found on the page "HNU - Fees and Re-registration".

For ques­tions about the study pro­gramme

Alexander Würfel

Pro­fessor Dr. Al­ex­an­der Wür­fel

Academic Advisor and Head of the degree programme Business Studies in Healthcare Management

Phone: +49 731 /9762-1614

Location: Main Building B, B.1.13

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Voices about the study pro­gramme

I particularly like the fact that the compulsory internship already takes place in the fourth semester. The early practical experience supports the decision when choosing between the many different specialisation subjects and offers the opportunity to incorporate practical experience into the lectures.

Jasmin, BGW student