The topic of health is gaining in importance in our society. Reasons for that are the increasing health awareness in the population, the ageing of society and the growing importance of prevention.  Consequently, the potential for the growth market health care is high. Now, nearly 1 million people in Bavaria are employed in the health care sector – that is even more than in the car industry.

Especially the secondary health care market, which includes all privately financed health-related products and services, is a very dynamic and complex growth market. In this regard, the nutrition industry, sports industry and even construction industry are to be mentioned because the demand for barrier-free living areas (keyword Ambient Assisted Living) supported by technology is growing. IT represents another central area in health care, particularly as most of the medical devices are meanwhile computers. Furthermore, economic topics like profitability and efficiency are becoming increasingly important in view of the cost explosion in health care and the demographic change.

Research Group Health Care and Health Sciences

With the support of the Hands Linder Foundation, the Institute for Healthcare and Health Sciences was founded on the site Campus Schloss Mariakirchen/Arnsdorf. It deals with the urging challenges of a changing health care system.  In addition to the basically health care-related problems, topics like organisational development and health promotion are pursued. The research subjects are reflected in the courses offered at the Institute for Applied Healthcare Science (faculty in foundation) of Deggendorf Institute of Technology.

The first healthcare-related course at Deggendorf Institute of Technology to be introduced was the Master programme Health Care Management which was established in 2013.

The part time career-integrated degree course Nursing Education (B.A.) has been running since 2011 on the main campus in Deggendorf and Campus Schloss Mariakirchen. The course enjoys great success and has currently 170 students in five study groups.

In the winter semester 2014/2015, the Bachelor course Applied Training Sciences was introduced and started successfully as the first undergraduate study programme. After approval by the responsible ministry, further progammes are to follow, e.g. Bachelor of Informatics in Healthcare Industry, Bachelor of Applied Healthcare Science (Physical Therapy Dual), Bachelor of Healthcare as a Combined Dual Degree as well as further Master programmes.


  • Training to Nursing Consultant acc. to § 7a SBG XI in cooperation with the MDK Bayern (since 2010)
  • Study on the determination of additional contributions for the BMW company health insurance funds (2014)
  • “As far as hands can reach” project for the development of the residential and nursing home “Elisabethenheim” in Deggendorf (2015)
  • Development of a scientific panel for the association KlinikClowns Bayern e.V. as well as consultancy and monitoring in preparation of a scientific review in respect of the topic clown visits for children and elderly people (2013-2015)
  • Nursing documentation systems
  • Quality development and employee retention
  • Future workshop

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Research Group: Health Economics – Cross Border Health Care – Care Needs Research – Prevalence Research

Cross-border cooperation in health care, internationalisation of health care, liberality and European Social Insurance Law, analysis of emergency services (supply structure, adherence to “time to assistance” period, profitability), calculations of the demand for stationary care places, development of care needs in the demographic change.

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