Smart Health Sciences
Anyone who is interested in specialist topics in the field of medical and health technology or medical informatics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and pharmaceutical technology and would later like to work in research and development in this area will be excited about this research master.
The program is aimed at graduates with a first professional degree at least at the level of a bachelor’s degree obtained at a university or a university of applied sciences in a program of medical and health technology or bio- and medical informatics as well as life sciences who are interested in working within the concrete application context of healthcare digitalization on pharmaceutical aspects, the production of medicines, hygiene and microbiology as well as on organizational, strategic and economic topics. The study program continually addresses current multifaceted topics such as data analytics and virology. The prospective students are STEM-oriented but see their future profession as more research-oriented with a focus on the internal structure of organizations. They are communicative, like to work independently as well as conceptually and see a personal challenge in research questions with an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary focus.
Owing to the cooperation between the Department of Life Science Technologies and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, these topics can be optimally addressed at TH OWL in the research master "Smart Health Sciences": While the Department of Life Science Technologies is characterized by expertise in the areas of microbiology, biotechnology, pharmaceutical technology, as well as cosmetics and detergents in its research cluster “Applied Health Sciences”, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science prepares for the challenges of digitalization in areas of data science, big data, artificial intelligence, Industry 4.0, information fusion and human-machine interaction in its Institute Industrial IT (inIT). The program is supported by teaching physicians from Clinic Lippe, the Institute for Science Dialogue(IWD) and the Department of Economics.
The degree program is particularly characterized by a research project to be carried out within a research team in the third semester. The students thus acquire profound knowledge in strategic project development for the healthcare system. At the same time, the research project serves to prepare for the scientifically oriented master's thesis, in which the students apply the acquired scientific methodology to complex questions of practice-relevant projects with new scientific value. They are therefore optimally prepared for leadership positions in research and development.
For graduates with a bachelor’s degree in medical and health technology and comparable programs, this master’s degree offers the opportunity to deepen and expand the interdisciplinary foundations of this subject area for practice in a subject-specific master’s degree Smart Health Sciences. This program gives master's students the opportunity to focus on various topics in the field of biomedical engineering, pharmaceutical technology and medical informatics, taking into account the changes in German and European healthcare. In all courses, the students of this program are enabled to examine current social discourses in the context of the subject areas of health, medicine and digitalization, both on a specialist and on a cross-specialist level. With regard to personality development, this process is linked to some essential qualification goals, which are examined in detail here.
First degree obtained at a university or a university of applied sciences qualifying for a professional position at least at the level of a bachelor’s degree in medical and health technology, medical informatics, bioinformatics, biotechnology, pharmaceutical technology or life sciences with a standard period of study of at least six semesters (180 ECTS points) and evidence of a final examination grade of 2.5 or better.
The following modalities are linked to the above-mentioned ways of access to the master’s program Smart Health Sciences:
|Admission on the basis of a degree in:||Admission modalities:|
Medizin- und Gesundheitstechnologie [Medical and Health Technology, i.e. a bachelor’s degree program of TH OWL]
|The modules of this degree program fully qualify for admission to the Master’s degree program Smart Health Sciences.|
Medical Informatics, Bioinformatics
|The application documents are checked to determine whether the applicants have knowledge of microbiology, physiology and pharmacology within the scope of the university's own bachelor modules „Mikrobiologie Grundlagen und Hygiene“ [Microbiology Basics and Hygiene] (MG / 4508) and „Physiologie und Pharmakologie” [Physiology and Pharmacology] (PPH / 4048). If this is not sufficiently evident from the application documents, the applicant will be offered a technical interview to clarify these issues. If necessary, the completion of the above-mentioned modules will be recommended.|
Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Technology, Life Sciences
|The application documents are checked to determine whether the applicants have knowledge of mathematics and programming within the scope of the university's own bachelor modules „Mathematik 1“ [Mathematics 1] (MA1 / 5100), „Mathematik 2“ [Mathematics 2] (MA2 / 5101) and „Programmiersprachen 1“ [Programming Languages 1] (PS1 / 5179). If this is not sufficiently evident from the application documents, the applicant will be offered a technical interview to clarify these issues. If necessary, the completion of the above-mentioned modules will be recommended.|
In the first semester, essential knowledge from the fields of medical informatics and hygiene management is imparted in addition to mathematical basics. Furthermore, the first semester includes a module that concentrates on working methods in the field of scientific writing and working.
In the second semester, the microbiological aspects of the module “Hygienemonitoring und –management” [“Hygiene Monitoring and Management”] are deepened. This is accompanied by the module “Individualisierte Arzneimittel” [“Individualized Medicines”]. The module “Authentication” deals with methods of detection and authenticity recognition of physical objects. The module “Künstliche Intelligenz” [“Artificial Intelligence”] first imparts basic methods and approaches in order to address areas of AI with relevance to health care afterwards.
In the first and second semester, scientific topics are discussed with internal and external lecturers in two scientific seminars, which are organized as lecture series with incorporated seminars. The selection of topics will be based on the current state of science and technology in the field of smart health sciences.
Through the research project in the third semester, the students acquire knowledge in strategic project development and experience in carrying out research projects within scientific working groups. The module also serves to prepare for the master's thesis as part of the fourth semester, in which the students apply the acquired scientific methodology to complex questions of practice-relevant projects with new scientific value.