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Department for Interdisciplinary and Innovative Sciences

Innovative Healthcare B.Sc.

An interdisciplinary degree program unique throughout Germany at the interface of care, technology and management in health and social services.


Start of study:     winter semester only

Application period for this:    May 01  -  Juli 15

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Person tippt mit dem Finger auf eine Wabe mit der Bezeichnung "Innovative Gesundheitsversorgung"

As the human interface between care, technology and management, you will assist, support and collaborate with various professional groups, performing in a wide variety of roles:

... as an engineer you find technical solutions that people can include in their lives easily in order to live healthier and more fulfilling lives.

... as caregiver you reduce the burden of scheduling and documentation through new technologies so you have more time for the care.

... as computer scientists, your work not only increases sales through technical progress, but above all improves people's quality of life.

... get socially involved while completing a Voluntary Social Year (FSJ) and contribute to the progress of social professions with innovative ideas.

... as a preschool educator you put the child back at the center - not the administration.

... as a physiotherapist, provide the patient with long-term treatment through digital applications to guide them to the root causes of their problems.

... as a member of the mountain rescue team, enable people to receive help regardless of location, infrastructure or digital literacy. a grandchild, maintain your grandparents' independence through innovative solutions.

Sounds interesting? - Then you are at the right place!

What is the study program about?

  • You learn how technologies work and get to know more about their possible areas of usage, but also their limitations.
  • With us, you don't have to be the IT nerd or the engineering genius
  • You will deal with the interfaces between health care, informatics and engineering sciences Interdisciplinary
  • You will learn selected contents from medicine, psychology, pedagogy and management

You will be the one building bridges, who can show employees in the healthcare and social sectors where potential lies. You can help patients, people in need of care and also healthy people with your knowledge!

Core modules

Health Care

In the core area of health care, you will become familiar with the institutional and legal framework of health care and social services. Furthermore, the module focuses on the understanding of medical language and medical action as well as the development, spread and control of diseases.


  • Introduction to medicine
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Social and medical ethics
  • Basics of statistics and epidemiology
  • Health and social policy
  • Basics of social work and care
  • Social security law
  • Health Education

Health Informatics

In this core area, we teach you the basics of informatics in healthcare. You will acquire the tools to creatively co-develop information technology solutions for the healthcare system but also for the people themselves. The focus is on competencies in hardware and software as well as IT management.


  • Basics of computer science
  • Introduction to Medical Informatics
  • Usability and User Experience Design
  • Internet and app technologies
  • Information systems in health care
  • Telemedicine and telematics infrastructure
  • IT infrastructure and IT management
  • Data analysis and business intelligence
  • Collaboration and e-learning systems

Healthcare technology

In the individual modules of the core area, we teach you technical basics such as sensor technology, signal processing, construction as well as their use in healthcare, e.g. in the context of robotics or everyday assistance systems.


  • Technical basics
  • Medical devices and imaging
  • Fundamentals of electronics and sensor technology
  • Introduction to development and design
  • Robotics
  • Everyday assistance systems

Management and system basics

In these modules you will acquire basic management, self-management and communication skills and train a structured approach and team-oriented working skills.


  • Fundamentals of operational management
  • Scientific work and methodology
  • Quality and business process management
  • Change management
  • Traditional and agile project management
  • Communication and negotiation

Elective modules

One area must be selected from the following 3 areas:

Applied Psychology 

Would you like to better understand people and their behavior, promote their motivation or acquire skills in how to deal with conflicts in a goal-oriented manner? Then our "Applied Psychology" specialization is exciting for you.

  • Sociology and social psychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Industrial and organizational psychology

Social work and social management  

Do you want to learn more about how to promote the social and societal development of people and their self-determination? The "Social Work and Social Management" specialization offers interesting insights into issues of social justice, the human right to participation and respect for diversity.

  • Culture and cultural work
  • Social planning
  • Methods of social work


Are you interested in how to ensure that nursing care can continue to be provided with high quality and economically in the future against the background of demographic change? In the "Care" specialization, you will acquire in-depth know-how about the nursing process as well as the methods and tools of nursing.

  • Professional nursing in the health care system
  • Challenges of care in an aging society
  • Home care


Practical relevance

We attach great importance to our students being able to directly try out and implement what they have learned wherever possible and to deepen the knowledge they have acquired in a practice-oriented manner.

For this purpose, there are several interdisciplinary laboratories at our Kronach campus with different focal points. For example, on the topics of AmbientAssistantLiving, i.e. everyday assistance systems, virtual reality and robotics.

In addition, the program includes interdisciplinary practice-oriented project work and an internship semester to provide an insight into professional practice.


  • Health Innovation Manager

A soft beep is heard. Sandra turns around and automatically takes a step to the side. She can't help smiling as R2U drives past her with today's lunch menu to bring the patients their meal on time. R2U is an autonomously driving robot that looks like a normal food trolley, but independently supplies the patients with food during the day and then takes the dishes back to the kitchen. Sandra is responsible for introducing innovative systems into nursing care and R2U not only improves Sandra's mood. Because the patients also feel how the nursing staff are relieved by it.

  • Consultant Digital Transformation Healthcare

Openness and the courage to question and change systems are definitely part of Philipp's job. He is a consultant for digital transformation in healthcare and has been involved in projects of local health insurance companies and hospitals over the last few years. He has currently completed the process analysis at a smaller Helios clinic and will use it to develop a concept for how work steps will be carried out more digitally - without paper documentation - in the future.

  • Health Application Engineer

"Click on the start button to start your individual tour planning. In addition, your activities can be documented with little effort. The medications are also matched with a database in the background, so that the order is placed automatically." Kevin regularly holds training sessions at outpatient care facilities. In addition, he is the contact person for questions or feedback about the apps, and ultimately he takes care of their continuous development and improvement. Kevin works closely with caregivers, after all, he wants to help them work healthier.

  • IT architect for e-Health

Representatives from hospitals, health insurance companies, physio practices and pharmacies sit around the table together. Ronja moderates the meeting and outlines the possible design of the new telematics infrastructure (TI). Ronja is a member of MedArch, an organization that ensures a uniform architecture and aims to network all parties involved in the healthcare system. In addition to moderating, Ronja is allowed to prepare the migration of the various systems and is also the contact person for the manufacturers and service providers of the TI.

  • Product manager for digital healthcare applications

Lucy sees the evaluation of todays performance in front of her. This was a new record! Between 11:00 am and 12:00 am her brain showed β-waves - brain waves that occur during stress. Fascinatingly, she was even able to measure α-waves yesterday during the Design Thinking workshop. These waves are responsible for creative states without analytical thinking. Lucy is a product manager for digital healthcare applications and regularly receives new, innovative products. Insofar as she discovers potential in them, she gets to coordinate their further development and bring them to market. Just a few months ago, she was allowed to test a virtual reality application for blind people. Using audio stimulation, blind people were able to simulate movements in space so that they could virtually walk through the tropical rainforest.

  • Health scientist with focus on digitization

After one week at the ETRIX children's home, Tim has not only grown fond of the children, but also knows the work processes of the educators. Even after this short time, he was able to identify where there is potential for standardization and thus approaches to digitalization. In the next few weeks, he will use his newly gained knowledge to develop a concept and then introduce it directly on site at ETRIX. Moderating the working groups and conducting the training sessions are also part of his duties. As a result, his work is really beneficial for the educators and Tim can see the children he has already grown fond of for even longer.

  • Health computer scientist

One click - and the data is updated and available on the MedDat platform. Chris is responsible for the further development of the hospital information systems. Just last week, there was a company celebration because he was able to completely detach digital patient documentation from paper form thanks to his latest implementation. The nurses can now use their SmartGlasses to document their workflows. This saves 2-3 hours a day, which they can use more intensively for the patients. Chris always wanted to help people in the healthcare sector, but he also wanted to live out his technical affinity. Now, with his job, he can apply his enthusiasm for information technology to improve workflows in nursing.

  • Healthcare Data Manager

Not only data collection, but also the evaluation of the obtained health data plays a major role in health & social care. This allows predictions about health challenges to be made and the measures applied to be evaluated more quickly. Does the fall-sensitive mat achieve its effect of safety and quick response capability? Can Mr. Hummel really participate in life again in a self-determined way thanks to his blind glasses that read writings to him?

Data evaluation and assessment - These are core tasks from Valerie's job as a Healthcare Data Manager. She keeps an eye on the data obtained from her company's healthcare applications and, together with a team of healthcare professionals, technicians and IT specialists, derives optimized treatment approaches and product improvements for her customers. In this way, she helps users to live more independently in their own homes and improve their quality of life.

  • Usability and User Experience Coach e-Health

If technologies are not designed in a user-friendly way, the eagerly awaited introduction is often followed by frustration and anger on the customer's part. Especially in the case of e-health applications, such as telemedicine services, apps for tracking symptoms or monitoring the health status of clients, wearables for recording fitness data or supporting dietary changes, or even emergency buttons, e.g. in assisted living facilities, errors in operation can have even more far-reaching consequences.

Annabell has specialized herselve precisely in this area. She creates personas and usage scenarios for a medical technology company and tests the usability and user experience of the applications in collaboration with people from different target groups.

You gain a highly attractive profile to many employers such as:

  • Clinics,
  • Medical care centers,
  • Nursing facilities,
  • Social institutions,
  • Health insurance companies,
  • Federal employment agencies,
  • Pension insurance institutions,
  • Youth and social welfare offices,
  • Employer's liability insurance associations,
  • Medical technology providers,
  • Robotics manufacturers,
  • The housing industry,
  • Consulting firms,
  • Organizations in health policy.

Of course, the path to self-employment is also open to you!

  • School entrance qualification for higher education
  • General university entrance qualification
  • Qualification for admission to a technical college or university of applied sciences
  • University admission from the professional environment plus counseling interviews with the study advisor
  • General university entrance qualification
  • Subject-related university entrance qualification

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Innovative Healthcare

Degree awarded
Interdisciplinary and Innovative Sciences
7 semesters
Winter semester in presence
Application period

15.Jul - WiSe

Tuition fees
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Campus Kronach

The Department of Interdisciplinary and Innovative Sciences at the Lucas Cranach Campus in Kronach offers you a study program that focuses on innovation and an interdisciplinary approach.

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Our vision

Calling health care and social services separate worlds is not simply pulled out of thin air. With their own systems and rules, both belong to one of the most complex, but also most conservative entities in our society. Digitalization is still in its infancy in both worlds.

However, the diversity of ideas and visions shows that the majority of players - be they doctors, educators, nurses or social workers - want to use digitalization to bring about change and lighten the load. The first steps in the right direction have already been and are being taken. But in order to make meaningful use of the opportunities offered by digitization and new technologies, e.g., to support clients, relieve the burden on staff, optimize processes and improve the quality of work in the healthcare and social services sectors, it is not enough to cooperate and network with those involved in the respective sectors.

What is needed is solidarity with engineers from the technology sector and IT specialists. This is precisely where two worlds meet that - at least so far - hardly understand each other. So far, they have not yet succeeded in closing ranks. Only by networking these professions can the expertise of each and every one of these players be bundled far beyond their core field of activity and used to develop sustainable and practicable digital and technical solutions.

This is precisely where we come in with the "Innovative Healthcare" degree program. We bring together all professions and actors and contribute to the efficient dissemination of new approaches and technologies. We support the implementation of established technologies and at the same time work on the development of new approaches.

" Shape and not manage" is our thinking maxim. The steamship "traditional healthcare" has had its day, the future belongs to the spaceship "innovative healthcare"!

Within the framework of the Innovative Healthcare program, we want to...

... build bridges

In the study program "Innovative Health Care" we build bridges between the fields of health care, social services, engineering, informatics and management.  Our graduates are well versed in the structures and terminology of healthcare and social services as well as the workflows of the individual professions, are familiar with the needs of users and at the same time have a sound knowledge of the technical principles and functionalities of individual technologies as well as digital applications and their benefits.

… connect

You form the link between the disciplines, strengthen their collaboration, bundle existing and viable technologies and break down communication barriers. Together with all stakeholders, you also find sustainable solutions that meet the needs of each individual.

... show diversity

At the same time, you know the variety of applications and measures as well as their possible uses and limitations.

... put people at the center

In doing so, we put people at the center of our efforts. The goal of the "Innovative Healthcare" degree program is to relieve employees in the healthcare and social services sectors by simplifying or even eliminating processes with the help of new technologies and digital applications. Reliable duty schedules through the use of artificial intelligence or physical relief through robotics should no longer be topics of the future, but should already be able to be used in a timely manner, taking into account user-friendliness and user experience.

... generate added value for all

Together with our students, we innovate on the basis of actual needs, develop, test and evaluate. In this way, we generate added value for everyone.

Our mission is... train innovative people whose strength lies in seeing opportunities in change and questioningstructures - in short, who bring a Growth Mindset with them.

Our students will make the difference in the future. Through their diversity of ideas and openness, existing systems can be rethought and adapted.

Together with our cooperation partners, we provide you with a framework of personal know-how and practical experience. In our interdisciplinary laboratories, we remove the rigid boundaries between individual disciplines and offer plenty of space for technologies from the engineering field to grow together with medical and nursing systems.

A place to develop, an opportunity to build networks and a free space where creativity and questioning the status quo is encouraged and backed up with constructive approaches to solutions - we offer even more. We want to be the helping hand that implements ideas with our students, recognizing and developing their individual strengths. We want to awaken in our students the courage to try things out, because later we seldom regret what we have done, but what we did not dare to do. We want to give them the opportunity - as students and partners - to work together on something bigger. Because we don't just see what's right in front of our noses, we also dare to look beyond.

Our practice partners

"With more than 1,200 volunteers and 520 full-time employees, the BRK district association of Kronach is one of the leading service providers in the social economy around Kronach.

We offer a seamless assistance, care and supply network and thus "quality of life for generations".

This is an ideal platform for the "innovative health care" course of study at Hof University of Applied Sciences with BRK Kronach as part of the Lucas Cranach Campus.

This cooperation offers enormous development potential for both the companies and the entire region, but especially for the students.

"Quality of life management" will be the challenge but also the opportunity of the future."

The Caritas Association for the District of Kronach e.V., stands, as the name CARITAS already says, for charity. With this basic attitude towards people, our welfare association, with a total of 480 employees and 300 volunteers, operates a wide variety of welfare facilities. The developments in the health and care industry have prompted us years ago to focus on new ways and innovation. For about 6 years, our department "Digitization and Development" has therefore been working together with a wide variety of players from research, teaching and development.

The cooperation with Hof University of Applied Sciences, the Lucas-Cranach-Campus and the research lab is great and an enrichment for all sides. We are very happy to provide students with both our nursing expertise and our competence in development and research. We are constantly working on merging digitization, AI and our core competence of human care. Doing one and not letting go of the other is what the social economy needs professionals looking to the future. We are proud to be able to support this path with our resources in the "Innovative Healthcare" degree program.

Digitization and the use of new technologies in healthcare, nursing, and social institutions are the means of choice to secure the care of people for the next decades. Things will be different, but not worse! This requires "mediators between the worlds" with bite, foresight, enthusiasm for new things, the will for interdisciplinary cooperation and an eye for the "needs of the people.

Digitization and mechanization in all their facets are not ends in themselves, just as ethics, nursing and medical care are not! The top priority is always the well-being of the human being.

This requires the necessary competencies and courage for change in all disciplines!

Helios is Europe's leading private hospital operator with around 20 million patients per year. The Helios Frankenwaldklinik Kronach is a versatile hospital for basic and standard care that provides patients from the district of Kronach and surrounding regions with medicine at the highest level. We offer state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures, for example, we operate our own biplane cardiac catheterization laboratory with electrophysiology measuring station and a 40-line CT.

This makes us an ideal cooperation partner for the "innovative healthcare" degree program at Hof University of Applied Sciences. Digitalization and the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare offer enormous potential for prevention, diagnosis and treatment. We are constantly working on leveraging the strengths of digitalization for personal healthcare. We are happy to provide students with our personnel expertise as well as our technologies in order to jointly develop solutions to further increase the quality of care for patients.


Employees and managers in SMEs in the care and social economy develop competencies in order to recognize, use and, if necessary, co-creatively develop digital and/or AI-based technologies. This sustainably relieves and strengthens them, organizationally and individually.

The project Regional Future Center AI " - gesund arbeiten" (pulsnetz AI) is funded by the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS) as part of the program "Future Centers AI".

Under the project management of the Diakonisches Werk Baden, ten organizations are cooperating for a successful implementation of the project. The pulsnetz KI future center is a digital place. The website is the building and is to become a point of attraction for visitors. This digital and at the same time central place shall inform, inspire and motivate. In addition, the Future Center will also be on the move in an entirely analog way by means of mobile offerings, such as with TruDi (Trucks of Digitization).

Get to know and try out new technologies - free of charge

The TruDi Roadshow offers the opportunity to get to know and try out modern technologies for everyday work - practically and concretely, in the facilities on site. The offer is aimed at employees in the social economy in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia.

TruDi is the digitalization truck of the pulsnetz KI project. Sophia Giegold and Désirée Neeb, the consultants for Bavaria and research assistants at iisys, will try out the technologies together with care workers, educators and social counselors and help develop ideas for a healthier everyday working life.

If you work in geriatric care, childcare or social counseling, connect with us!



Antje Tries from the Lucas-Cranach-Campus Kommunalunternehmen takes care of the placement of shared apartments and apartments at LCC Kronach. If you have any questions, please contact her by mail: antje.tries(at)

The Bachelor "Innovative Healthcare" is not explicitly offered as a part-time or part-time program. Basically, you are free to arrange your studies yourself. Accordingly, it is your responsibility to coordinate all deadlines, attendance dates and professional activities.