Institute for Health and Nursing Science

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About the Institute for Health and Nursing Science

The Institute for Health and Nursing Science (IGPW) has a long tradition as a university institution. Originally founded at the Faculty of Education at Humboldt University of Berlin with a mission to educate teachers for the health professions, the Institute is now part of the Charité Center for Human and Health Sciences (CC1) and based at the Campus Virchow-Klinikum (CVK). Today, the IGPW is not only engaged in the development and the implementation of academic programs at the bachelor and master levels, it is also dedicated to advancing research in the health and nursing sciences including research in health education, health professions education and health services. With its research activities, the IGPW is contributing to

  • Addressing pressing challenges in the areas of health promotion and prevention as well as in the fields of health care and patient care, and

  • Advancing health education in close collaboration with representatives of the different health professions.

In addition, the IGPW strives to educate the next generation of researchers and teachers in the health and nursing sciences, advance general knowledge and promote the development of the disciplines in Germany.

History of the Institute for Health and Nursing Sciences

  • 1963 Department of Medical Education founded at the Faculty of Education at Humboldt University of Berlin
  • 1968 Relocation to the Faculty of Medicine at Humboldt University of Berlin, the Charité Berlin
  • 1992 Department of Medical Education expanded and transformed into the Institute for Medical and Nursing Education and Nursing Science
  • 1995 Chair of Medical and Nursing Education established (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jutta Beier)
  • 1997 Chair of Nursing Science established (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Theo Dassen)
  • 2000 Affiliation with the Centrum for Human and Health Sciences at the Charité Berlin
  • 2008 Celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Chair of Nursing Science with a scientific symposium
  • 2009 Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Ewers MPH assumes the Chair of Health Sciences and Health Professions Education and the post as the Institute’s Deputy Director
  • 2010 Beginning of the conversion of the Diploma in Medical and Nursing Education into bachelor and master degree programs as part of the Bologna reform
  • 2011 Start of the Bachelor Degree Program in Health Sciences in the winter semester
  • 2012 Prof. Dr. Michael Ewers MPH becomes the Director of the Institute and the Institute celebrates its 20th anniversary
  • 2013 Ceremony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Department of Medical Education
  • 2014 Renaming of the Institute to Institute of Health and Nursing Science in January
  • 2014 Start of the Master in Health Professions Education in the winter semester
  • 2016 First graduates of the Master in Health Professions Education and start of the preparation of a new Bachelor Program in Nursing
  • 2017 Univ.-Prof. Dr. Theo Dassen retires
  • 2018 Final approval of the new Bachelor Program in Nursing