The interdisciplinary Applied Health Sciences Bachelor's degree programme incorporates elements from various areas of medicine and health care, health psychology, social change and technology and health economics.  As a "consultant for the elderly" working at the interface between humans and technology, broad-ranging career options are open to you. These include positions in the corporate health sector, in healthcare institutions and networks, in both a management and advisory capacity, as well as in the area of assisted ambient living, either in consultancy or research and development.

An Innovative Degree Programme for a Changing Society

Do you want to gain initial qualifications in health sciences as part of a university programme? Or to build on your existing qualifications by taking a healthcare degree to give an academic foundation to your practical skills and bring them up to date? The healthcare market is increasingly calling for solutions that improve the quality of life of the elderly. This Bachelor of Science  programme will equip you with the skills to design, plan and implement technical assistance systems ("ambient assisted living") in healthcare institutions and work environments. From accessibility improvements to telemedical services and even service robots – the practice-oriented Applied Health Sciences degree programme enables you to work independently on concepts that make life more comfortable, safe and independent for elderly people.

Smart living in tomorrow's society

This new degree programme prepares students to take on a responsible role in our future society. In light of general demographic change, individuals, healthcare institutions and businesses are faced with the increasingly urgent questions of how to ensure safe and independent living for an ageing population. They also have to consider how to help those with impairments (e.g., due to accidents, disabilities, or chronic illness) reach their development potential.

The programme will train you to work in a new occupational field at the ever more important interface between humans and technology. The central question here is: what technical assistance systems are required to support people's needs? Products, services and systems that provide this support are referred to as "ambient assisted living", or AAL.

Quick Information

Degree awarded Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Undergraduate/postgraduate degree undergraduate
Duration of programme 7 semesters
Delivery full-time
Campus Furtwangen
Programme begin summer semester (March) and winter semester (October)
Application deadline(s) 15 January & 15 July
Restricted intake yes
Language of instruction German/English
Academic entry requirements university entrance qualification
Language requirements fluent in German, excellent English skills
Pre-sessional course / Foundation course requirement none
Additional requirements none
Tuition Fees none
Programme accreditation ACQUIN accredited
Contact SDek-AGW@hs-furtwangen.de

Programme Structure

Programme description

The seven-semester Applied Health Sciences programme teaches the skills needed to deal with the challenges posed by demographic change. Graduates will be able to evaluate the potential of technical assistance systems and thus shape the future of healthcare.

The interdisciplinary programme first provides an essential understanding of the scientific and technical principles involved in designing, developing and implementing AAL systems in the healthcare sector. However the aim of the programme stretches far beyond this. The interdisciplinary approach also requires students to identify obstacles to the practical application of technical solutions - either individual or social – and consider how users' wishes can be implemented. Finally, the question of how to finance the adoption of technical solutions and which societal processes are linked to AAL implementation will be examined. To answer these questions, a comprehensive understanding of the connections between medicine, health and care is essential. With this understanding, students will be able to appreciate the potential of assistance systems to aid people with cognitive, sensory or motor impairments. Content and skills relating to society and social sciences are also taught as background knowledge, meaning health trends and sustainable technical developments can be connected in a more meaningful way thus making it easier to adopt users' perspectives in a variety of application contexts.

In addition to practical, theoretical and technical skills, students will develop psychological, communicative, empirical, legal and economic/administrative skills. They will also be taught communication, presentation and moderation skills that will enable them both to provide competent and expert advice and to recognise and resolve conflicts of interest.

Teaching is carried out in lectures and seminars, and also includes practical assignments and research projects. These require students to work intensively with practitioners in the field and to independently develop potential solutions on-site.

Career Perspectives

This academic programme at HFU leads to an internationally recognised undergraduate  university degree and is excellent preparation for challenging assignments in your career. In the future, a growing number of qualified employees will be in demand in a variety of occupational fields within the healthcare sector.

After completing the programme, you will be able to plan, evaluate and carefully implement technical assistance systems in various areas of society. The main focus here will be on putting forward innovative technical developments for age-related assistance systems and on making them work in practice. The needs and wishes of users must be taken into account during this process, as well as the acceptance of technical solutions in various institutional fields of application.

In awarding students the title of Bachelor of Science, this programme aims to provide an interdisciplinary academic degree that also gives students professional qualifications so that they can begin working in a variety of sectors within the healthcare industry immediately after completing the programme. Graduates can work as consultants on ageing in the following fields:

1. Working with developers of ambient assisted living systems
You will participate in the creation of designs and real-life technical solutions in innovative companies. In this occupational field, you will be able to find employment with national and international providers of AAL systems as well as with research facilities and higher education institutions.

2. Working with users
You will advise those seeking technical solutions in the areas of care and health. In this occupational field, positions in care facilities, health and social service providers, welfare organisations, local information and contact centres, and health marketing and consulting companies will be open to you.

3. Working with healthcare institutions and networks
You will help to ensure market transparency by developing an independent and impartial overview of the technical assistance systems available. In this occupational field, you will have the option of working in insurance companies, health associations, health and social departments (in local authorities, regional districts, etc.), government agencies, other associations and independent service providers within the healthcare sector.

4. Working with companies
You will develop innovative, forward-looking concepts for workforces that are undergoing demographic change and ensure that the elderly, or those recovering from illness or in rehabilitation, are also integrated into the company's operational processes. In this occupational field, positions in occupational health and safety associations, corporate health management and physical rehabilitation facilities are open to you.

Further Information in German

As the Applied Health Sciences Bachelor degree programme is also taught in German, please click here for information in German regarding the programme.

Contact Information

Dr. Kirsten Steinhausen
Dean of Studies
Tel: +49 (0)7723 920-2953
Furtwangen Campus, Room O 0.04
Email: stek(at)hs-furtwangen.de

Faculty Office
Liane Kochendörfer
Furtwangen Campus, Room O 0.16
Tel: +49 (0)7723 920-2959
Email: kol(at)hs-furtwangen.de