1. Kempten University of Applied Sciences
  2. Faculty of Social and Health Studies
  3. Degree courses
  4. Bachelor's degrees
  5. Health Services Management

Managing health

Are you interested in health care, and do you enjoy business studies and law? Do you wish for a secure job that offers potential for an attractive salary and a wide range of career options? If so, then studying Health Services Management is just what you’re looking for! On the degree programme in Health Services Management, we will teach you knowledge and skills in the fields of business studies, law, and health and nursing sciences to prepare you for managerial, organisational and coordination tasks in the health and elderly care sector.

Furthermore, to ensure that you learn practically relevant knowledge from the start, you will complete a number of intensively mentored internships. We will also support you with team-oriented learning and working in a relaxed atmosphere, in which teachers and students know and appreciate one another.

At a glance

  • Award

    Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)

  • Study mode

    full-time, dual

  • Standard duration

    7 Semester

  • ECTS credits


  • Starts

    winter semester

  • Restricted admission


  • Taught in


  • Faculty

    Social and Health Studies

  • Study abroad


  • Accreditation


Details about this course

During the foundation course (semesters 1–3), you will learn the basic principles in five sets of modules:

  • Business Administration Science
  • Law
  • Organisations and Networks
  • Methods
  • Fields and Related Sciences

You will also complete a nursing internship during the foundation course to give you a basic understanding of how health facilities are structured and function.

On the advanced course (semesters 4‑7), you will examine issues in the healthcare sector in greater depth and tie the various subjects together that you studied during the foundation course. The first elements of choice already arise within the skills sets addressed during semester 4, enabling you to focus on the areas that interest you most.

You will spend the practical semester (5th) in a company of your choosing in the health or elderly care sector, where you will work on your own project under close supervision by the company and the university, linking theory with practice.

Further options are offered during the 6th and 7th semesters between a range of advanced elective modules and your choice of two majors. The following majors currently apply:

  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Elderly Care
  • Contract Management
  • Patient-Oriented Care Management

To incorporate an element abroad, we offer you the chance to study relevant subject matter at a partner university.

When you finally write your bachelor’s thesis, you will have the chance to prove the skills that you have acquired and to develop your own practical applications. Upon successfully completing this degree programme, the university of applied sciences will award you the academic title of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).

Professional setting

Graduates from this degree programme can work in all areas of health and elderly care. Potential employers include acute and rehabilitation clinics, providers of out-patient and residential nursing services, manufacturers of pharmaceutical and medical products, health and social care insurance funds, care provision centres, practices, local authorities, associations, and many more organisations. In addition, numerous companies not directly linked to the sector appoint health managers to promote occupational health in their workforce.

Health services managers are highly sought after for the following roles (amongst others):

  • Management or assistance for managers
  • Managerial tasks and administrative roles
  • Project management
  • Networking
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Organisational development
  • Controlling and risk management
  • Quality management
  • Conceptual development
  • Contract support and management
  • Care management
  • and many more

Career prospects

Health and elderly care is a crisis-proof, growing sector. The size of the workforce in this field has not only greatly increased in the past, but is set to continue doing so in the decades ahead, so your employment prospects as a graduate from this degree programme can be considered secure long-term.

With a degree in health management in your pocket, you can anticipate a starting salary comparable to economics graduates. Some employers in the health sector, such as manufacturers of pharmaceutical or medical products, or corporate consultancies, are renowned for above-average pay scales.

Application process:

We have pooled all the information and details you might need about applying and the admission requirements

About you:

Do you enjoy engaging with issues in the health and elderly care sector and are you up for immersing yourself in the broad field of provision? Then you are totally geared up for this bachelor’s degree programme.

We ascribe to the values of openness, tolerance and acceptance. Our aim is to teach everyone involved at Kempten University of Applied Sciences about education in an international context. As part of this, we support university-wide, inter-faculty measures to promote international projects and cross-cultural interaction.

The degree programme in Health Services Management also offers a semester abroad as part of the advanced course. Equivalents to module sections 6 and 7 can generally be identified at foreign universities and counted as part of the programme. You can also spend your practical semester abroad with ease. The specialisation in “International Health Care” has been specifically designed as loosely and flexibly as possible to enable students to spend the sixth or seventh semester abroad, with the module elements even tailored to reflect the courses offered by foreign universities.

Are you interested in learning more about our international aspirations and the options for you to study abroad? Take a look at the information posted in our portal

We compile all study programme and examination regulations centrally for you. There you will find all versions and changes. continue

Programme with extended practice

Would you like to combine study and practice? With pleasure! The Kempten University of Applied Sciences offers you the following opportunity to study with more practice:

  1. Studies with in-depth practice practical and flexible!
    In the study programme with in-depth practice, a regular Bachelor's programme at the university is combined with intensive practical phases at a practice partner, based on the study content. Students can enter this study option up to the 4th semester.
  2. Combined studies a practical combination of study and work!
    With a combined study programme, you can acquire a fully recognised vocational qualification within your Bachelor's degree. This double qualification is particularly attractive for many companies!

You can find more information about the offers here.

Master's degree programmes

Graduates from this bachelor’s degree programme can go on to study on the following master’s degree programme at Kempten University of Applied Sciences:


Further details about the degree programme


We know how exciting the prospect of going to university can be. So we want you to know whom you can get in touch with if you have any questions about studying with us.

Contact for prospective students

  • University Student Advisory Service

For general questions about studying and applications, please contact the University Student Advisory Service

  • Advisor for this degree programme

If you are interested in this degree programme and would like to ask any questions, please contact should enter the programme advisor.


Existing students

If you have any questions about your studies, please contact youracademic advisor.

Practical experience during the programme

During the core part of the course, you will complete a practical care placement amounting to 120 hours. If you have previous nursing/care experience, this can be counted towards your credits. You can download further information on the guidelines for the nursing internship.

The fifth semester takes the form of a practical 20-week work placement. You will be offered intensive guidance by the university during this practical stage.


What are my chances of getting onto the programme if I apply?

Very good! At the moment, the number of places on this degree programme is not capped. This means that you will certainly be offered a place if you apply for one and are eligible to study at university (with a senior secondary school certificate, e.g. “Abitur” or subject-specific “Fachabitur”, or as a formally trained worker). Further information on Applications.

Are there special admission requirements, e.g. vocational training or practical experience?

No. You only require a school-leaving certificate demonstrating your eligibility for university. Click this link to check the Entry requirements.

I have already completed vocational training or relevant professional development / additional training. Can I get any of this counted towards the degree?

This depends entirely on the individual circumstances, which the university will need to consider. Skills acquired outside university might be recognisable if the subject matter, scope and level are deemed equivalent to modules on your intended degree programme. This is seldom the case, which is why recognition tends to be the exception.

If you are unsure about getting skills credited, you can ask the academic advisor for the degree programme in the first instance. After that, you would need to apply for credit points via Academic Registry. They can also provide you with the relevant form. Any skills acquired outside the university that are recognised will not be awarded a grade, as the different scales are not comparable.


I have already completed a degree programme, or started one. Can I get any of this counted towards the degree?

This depends entirely on the individual circumstances. As a general rule, we are obliged to count skills that you have acquired at a university, unless there is a considerable difference between the skills that you have acquired and those attached to the target module in our degree programme. So you must check precisely which of the modules that you have previously completed match those in our degree programme.

If you are unsure about getting skills credited, you can ask the academic advisor for the degree programme in the first instance. After that, you would need to apply for credit points via Academic Registry. They can also provide you with the relevant form.


Is it possible to study this degree programme part-time as a professional, part-time per se, or remotely?

In principle, it is up to you how you spend your time outside classes, so working on the side is certainly an option. However, it currently isn’t possible to study Health Services Management part-time, i.e. taking fewer classes per semester for a longer duration. Nor is this degree programme offered as a professional part-time programme, i.e. there are no evening classes or study blocks to fit around working commitments. Remote studies are also not possible. You can only study this degree programme full-time on site.

What is the timetable like? When are lectures held?

This varies from one semester to the next (in the same way as school timetables). The schedule for modules and classes is set one to two months in advance of each semester, and you can inspect it once you are accepted and have enrolled on the degree programme. As this is a full-time degree programme, you must reckon with classes being scheduled for each day of the week, even if there is ultimately often one day without. In rare cases, there might be a block of classes on a weekend (freeing up more time during the week as a result).

Is attending classes obligatory?

No, but we strictly recommend it. For one, teaching – and thus learning successfully – thrives on direct exchange amongst students and between students and lecturers. Plus experience has shown at least a loose correlation between attendance and achieving good results. In other words, the students who fail exams or scrape through with weak grades tend to be those s<who rarely attended the related classes.</p>

What are the semester dates, and do students have any commitments during vacation time?

The semester dates are shown in the university calendar. Dates. You can use the vacation time between semesters for further study, if required, but as a rule there really aren’t any commitments during those times.


Are lectures also presented in English? If so, how many – and do I also have to take exams in English?

This degree programme is taught in German. In some cases, a course might also be offered in English, in which case this would also apply to the exam. But this really shouldn’t cause you to worry, as this really happens very rarely – and the English that you learned in school, even it was a long time ago, is entirely sufficient.

What does the course cost?

There are no tuition fees for this degree programme. The only costs incurred will be the usual outgoings associated with studying, such as the semester fee any a very small amount of photocopying, buying books, etc. There might also be (similarly low) costs for field trips, which are heavily subsidised by the university.