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The Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics is active in teaching medical students and students of health science education. Innovative courses are dealing with topics from the complete field of social medicine, epidemiology and health economics.

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Students of the model degree program should contact their module secretariats directly, students of the regular degree program should contact the teaching coordinator in urgent cases. 

Model Medicine

Since the winter semester 2010/2011, human medicine has been studied at the Charité in the model study course. The degree program differs fundamentally in its structure from the standard courses of study Medicine. An essential feature is the structure of the model study course, which has four topic-oriented modules per semester. In addition, there is a closer link between the subjects of Vorklinik, the clinical-theoretical subjects and the clinical subjects. The Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics is heavily involved in the preparation and teaching of this new study program and teaches in the following modules:

Module 1: Introduction
Module 6: People and Society
Module 7: Scientific Work I
Module 10: Movement
Module 11: Cardiovascular
Module 12: Nutrition
Module 18: Infection as a Model
Module 20: Pain
Module 23: Scientific Work II
Module 31: Psychiatric disorders
Module 34: Sicknesses of childhood and adolescence
Module 36: Age, Death and Dying, Law, Intensive Care, Palliative Medicine
Module 37: Scientific Work III
Module 38: General Medicine, Emergency Medicine, paperwork
Module 40: Repetitorium
Basics of medical thinking and acting (GäDH)
Problem-oriented learning (POL)
Communication, Interaction, Teamwork (KIT)

Bachelor of Health Sciences

The degree program is a postgraduate program with the aim of providing subject-specific prerequisites for teaching at schools for health professionals, continuing education facilities for health and social care facilities, etc. The training takes place at the Institute for Health and Nursing Science of the Charité.

Mind Body Medicine and stress reduction: an introduction as self-awareness

The demands in today's world of work are increasing dramatically: everything has to be done faster and with better quality, also and above all in everyday medical practice. A high work pressure and a high mental stress are on the agenda. Countless information flows into our private lives and claims our attention. This can have a negative impact on both our professional performance and our private lives. Being able to really switch off is a rarity in our performance society. These circumstances have led to "self-care" becoming more and more important in recent years for all people who have to do something daily in our society and still want to remain physically and mentally healthy.

For this reason, the Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, offers a free "Mind-Body Medicine and Stress Reduction Course" especially for doctors and lecturers of the Charité. We want to make a contribution to the fact that each individual can contribute actively to his own well-being through established and evidence-based techniques.

For the sommer term 2021 registrations are accepted.

For more information on Mind-Body Medicine at Georgetown University, Washington, please visit the following link:

Advert retard - Conflicts of interest in medicine

Drug manufacturers court prospective doctors, influence professors, and enter into contracts with universities. Without third-party financing, money from industry, the universities argue that it is bad for scientific progress. But are pharmaceutical companies allowed to set the agenda for state-funded universities, in secret, without transparency? In practice, patient-centered medicine today requires more than profound knowledge of pharmacological effects. Doctors meet representatives of pharmaceutical companies, participate in sponsored clinical trials and observational studies or further education events. This affects the regulation of medicines every day, but this challenge is not part of the medical curriculum. With the seminar "Advert Retard", which is a pioneer in Germany, we meet the demands of the WHO and student organizations: students should learn where the pharmaceutical industry influences, where they are exposed to influence and how they influence it can handle it. For this purpose, medical students and others work. Textbooks for pharmaceutical representatives through, compare medical journals that do not print ads, with those who also live on the money of the pharmaceutical industry, and investigate at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, which side job lecturers exercise who pays them, or who knows about it in the clinic.

Further information: Association "Certified Medical Independence" e.V. (CMI) for the promotion of rational drug therapy.

Further publications: Deutsches Ärzteblatt 2013

Videos about conflicts of interest

Marked way too fast - Medical guidelines are criticized:Experts criticize that medical guidelines are written by physicians who are paid by the pharmaceutical industry.

3sat Nano, Film vom 25. Feb. 2015

Declared sick in no time

Changed guidelines for multiple sclerosis: doctors are increasingly diagnosing multiple sclerosis. According to critics such as Klaus Lieb of the University of Mainz are changed guilty guilty.

3sat Mediathek

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Marketing to Doctors (HBO)

Last Week Tonight on youtube

Lessons offered outside the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

The institute also participates in courses in the fields of social medicine, epidemiology, health economics and quality management outside the Charité degree programs. These included the following courses in recent years:

  • Master of International Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine Berlin
  • Academy of Social Medicine of the German Pension Insurance Association
  • Further education in social medicine of the Landesärztekammer Brandenburg
  • Research Training Group Consumer Health Care, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Berlin Basic Course in Evidence-based Medicine of the Berlin Medical Association
  • Training seminars for the Charité Clinical Trials Coordination Center
  • Management training for nurses and medical specialists at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin