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Looking back on a long tradition, today we dedicate ourselves to important future tasks in teaching and research.

The Institute of 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 of Health and Nursing Science

  • 1963 Department of Medical Education was founded at the Faculty of Education, Humboldt University, Berlin. Its task was the university qualification of teachers for the training of medical professions
  • 1968 The department transferred to the medical faculty of Humboldt University, Berlin and thus to the Charité Universitätsmedizin.
  • 1992 The Department of Medical Education upgraded and transformed into a scientific institute: The Institute for Medical, Nursing Education and Nursing Science
  • 1995 Chair of Medical and Nursing Education was established (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jutta Beier)
  • 1997 The University Chair for nursing science was established at a Berlin university - the call was made to Prof. Dr. Theo Dassen
  • 2000, The Institute was affiliated to the newly founded Center for Human and Health Sciences, at Charité – Universitätsmedizin, Berlin
  • 2007 Prof. Dr. Jutta Beier retires early due to illness (she dies on 14 October 2018)
  • 2008 The 10th anniversary of the Professorship of Nursing Science was honoured publicly with a symposium on nursing science and research.
  • 2009 Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Ewers takes over the Chair of Health Sciences and its didactics, at the same time he becomes deputy director of the institute
  • 2010 sees the start of the Bologna-compliant conversion of the former diploma course of study in medical education and nursing education - the range of courses is being phased out
  • 2011 the Bachelor of Health Sciences for Nursing and Therapy Professions (GW) begins 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 The institute receives its current name by resolution of the supervisory board - the first graduates of the Bachelor GW are adopted by the University. Teaching on the Master Health Professions Education (HPE) begins.
  • 2016 The first graduates as Masters of HPE receive their certificates - in the same year, a feasibility study for a Bachelor's degree in nursing at the Charité is commissioned by the faculty
  • 2017 Professor Dr. Theo Dassen retires early (he dies on January 15, 2020). In the same year, the Charité decides to introduce a Bachelors degree program in nursing with primary qualification
  • 2019 Prof. Dr. Christiane Stock becomes the Professor for Health Sciences with a focus on Health Education. The Bachelor of Health Sciences will be reformed in order to be able to admit applicants without a professional licence in a nursing or therapeutic profession from the winter semester 2020/2021
  • 2020 Preparatory work for the introduction of a Bachelor's degree in nursing with primary qualification will be presented with the participation of the Institute - the new range of courses will be based at the Vice-Dean's Office for Studies and Teaching and will start in the winter semester 2020/2021
  • 2021 the Master Health Professions Education was reformed in order to reduce barriers to entry and to make the course offering more international and flexible