Msc in Migration Health

The course is offering systematic education and training in public health and health care services, focussing on the new challenges arising from an increasing ethnic, cultural and language diversity of migrants. This master course is complementing and building on the competencies of health care service providers, practitioners as well as health administrators. The master course is responding to the changing demands on health systems which result from increasing dynamics of migration to Europe and within: diversity in societies leads to changing patterns of diseases and different health behaviour of patients. The coping strategies take the changing demands in an increasingly complex social setting into account.


The Master programme responds to the need for special training of health professionals by providing the knowledge, skills and competencies around 6 core subjects:

Module 1

Research methodology and epidemiology

  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Epidemiology
  • Determinants of health and diseases

Module 2

Environmental medicine and occupational health

  • Migration-specific aspects of occupational health
  • Work-related aspects of health

Module 3

Economics and Migration Health

  • Micro and macro economics and migration

Module 4

Migrant sensitive health care

  • Organisational and management requirements
  • Legal framework, policies, diversity management, evaluation

Module 5

Clinical and public health assessment

  • Clinical aspects of migrant health
  • Health promotion
  • Health education

Module 6

Behavioural and psycho-social aspects of migration

  • Theoretical foundation
  • Intercultural communication
  • Intercultural competence

The curriculum has been developed in the context of the ERASMUS-project 511371-LLP-1-2010-1-HU-ERASMUS-ECDSP by University of Pécs, Danube University Krems, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Medical University of Graz, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald and University of East Anglia.

Learning concept

Each module (15 ECTS) consists of 5 contact phases of 4 days each (Thursday to Sunday). In some modules, where practical training is dominant, 2 contact phases may be condensed into one block of 8 days.

Module 1 ‘Research Methodology and Epidemiology’ will be spread over 4 semesters. The last semester will be reserved for the master’s thesis and practical training.

Module 2 ’Environmental Medicine and Occupational Health’ and module 5 ‘Clinical and Public Health Assessment’ will be offered by the University of Pécs, Hungary. All other modules will be offered at Danube University Krems, Austria.

Program objectives

  • Applying organizational and management principles to challenges arising from the diversity in the health care and health promotion sector
  • Understanding the role of the global economy and legal and institutional framework for migration flows and addressing the implications for public health care systems
  • Establishing a firm theoretical foundation in research methodology and epidemiology and the competence to apply it in original research
  • Gaining knowledge in morbidity profiles and lifestyle-related as well as work-related diseases in migrant populations and application to everyday tasks
  • Enhancing capacities in multi-disciplinary professional work
  • Understanding multicultural and multireligious aspects of physical and mental health and developing adequate responses
  • Building up intercultural competence and communication skills
  • Deepening work experience through practical training

Admission requirements

  • An Austrian or equivalent foreign Bachelor's degree in health sciences, humanities, social sciences or economic or business studies or a similar field and
  • proficiency in spoken and written English and
  • positive assessment of the admission procedure (i.e. interview).

Target group

  • Students with a Bachelor's degree in health sciences, humanities, social sciences as well as economics and business studies, who want to work in the public health sector with a focus on migrant health
  • Health professionals in mid-career positions who want to complement their knowledge and competencies by focussing on migrant health needs
  • Public health administrators, government officials, persons managing migration flows, in particular refugee flows
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