Why study healthcare management?

The healthcare business is facing increasing economisation and complexity. The healthcare market is essentially characterised by the development of high-tech products in the field of medical technology, innovative drugs, new ways of treatment and new forms of care. Currently, 5.2 million people are employed in healthcare (source: German Federal Ministry of Health, in 2014). This translates into one out of eight employees working in this industry. The healthcare business is a growing and expanding sector.

The demand for qualified professionals with a comprehensive knowledge of business and healthcare science is growing steadily. The Department of Healthcare Management at the Aalen University of Applied Sciences balances out the two disciplines of business administration and healthcare sciences equally. Future healthcare managers, therefore, are adequately prepared for the growing economisation and complexity of healthcare.

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The Bachelor programme Healthcare Management focuses on two main areas: business management and healthcare sciences. Juridical modules and obtaining key qualifications complement the teaching content. Selecting your own focus allows you to specialise as you desire. Practical skills are acquired during the internship semester and during various practical projects.

This is the semester schedule of the programme:

When you have finished your basic studies (after the 3rd semester, that is), you may choose any two out of three specialisations (compulsory elective modules). The following focus points are available for your preference:

1. Healthcare industry and innovation

By selecting the healthcare industry and innovation focus you prepare for management and controlling in private businesses of the healthcare industry, like pharmaceutical companies and medical engineering, or in innovative service providers.


  • Supply chain management
  • Risk management
  • Innovations
  • Methods of negotiation
  • Healthcare technology assessment

2. Management in healthcare organisations

Healthcare organisations are more than ever challenged by external issues, including social and demographic changes, intended legal reforms, increasing economic competition and technological innovations. These issues ever more influence the actions of healthcare organisations. If you choose to focus on management in healthcare organisations, you will be familiarized with the suitable management instruments to handle these challenges.


  • Leadership
  • Decision-making
  • Operational healthcare management
  • Human resources policy
  • Marketing practices
  • Quality management

3. Design of healthcare systems

The design of healthcare system focus provides the skills needed to handle tasks in designing the German healthcare system. The objective is to prepare for trendsetting jobs at health insurance schemes, in the healthcare system and in management companies designing the system on behalf of the health insurance schemes.


  • International and national healthcare systems
  • Healthcare reforms compared
  • Care insurance
  • Introduction to the Managed Care model

Various resources are available for funding your studies: family assets, the BaföG (state funded student loan), other special loans and even scholarships. Since the budgets of universities are cut down by the state and federal government (of Germany) while the costs for studying are rising, the work of endowments is gaining significance in our society.

You want to study but do not know how to pay for it?

You can find an extensive list on our Scholarship page.

Course Overview

Final DegreeBachelor of Arts
Language of Instructiondeutsch
Semesters8; Ab Zulassung WS 2023/24: 7
European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)210
Application periodWinter term: Anfang Mai - 15. Juli
Adminission Criteria
  • Voraussetzung ist die allgemeine oder fachgebundene Hochschulreife oder die Fachhochschulreife

  • Interessenten mit Berufsausbildung oder Meisterprüfung können nach Prüfung der Unterlagen ebenfalls zugelassen werden

  • bei Fragen zu den Zulassungsvoraussetzungen wenden Sie sich bitte an die Studienberatung



Accreditation certificate
Postgradual Study (Master)No
Part-Time ProgrammNo
Consecutive Degree ProgrammeNo
Vacant University Places (chosen by the lot)No
Pre-study Internship RequiredNo
Administration FeesThe semester fee of 154 € comprises the administration fee of 70 €, student contribution of 72 € and a contribution for the student representative organizations of 12 €.
Characteristics Features
  • Theoriefundiert und praxisintegriert studieren
  • Ausbildung im 2-Säulen- Prinzip: Betriebswirtschaft und Gesundheitswissenschaften
  • Vollzeitstudium mit Präsenz- und Selbstlernphasen: wöchentlich von Montag bis Mittwoch reguläre Vorlesungen und Donnerstag (maximal 14-tägig) Blockveranstaltungen (z.B. in Form von Workshops oder Exkursionen) stattfinden
  • Kompetenzorientiertes Lernen
  • kleine Kursgrößen
  • Interdisziplinarität der Professoren und Dozenten
Selection Process

Numerus Clausus

Examination Rules and Regulations