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Facts and Figures

The School of Health Professions was founded in 2006 and has steadily grown since then.

Bachelor students

Registered Bachelor students and students in clinical placements

Year (cut-off date: 15 October) Number
2017 1439
2016 1353
2015 1269
2014 1242
2013 1233
2012 1222
2011 1218
2010 1166
2009 1072
2008 785
2007 469
2006 217

Master students

Total number of registered Master students*

Year (cut-off date: 15 October) Number
2017 166
2016 139
2015 137
2014 112
2013 93
2012 84
2011 67
2010 33

* Together with the University of Brighton (GB), the Syddansk Universitet (DK); the Hogeschoolvan Amsterdam (NL) and the Karolinska Institutet (S) the Institute of Occupational Therapy offers the European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Students registered in this study programme are not included in the above table.

Continuing education

Students enrolled in a continuing education programme leading to a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS), Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) or Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)*

2017 145 42 281
2016 181 58 374
2015 173 36 193
2014 174 35 194
2013 106 13 169
2012 161 89 436
2011 93 17 67
2010 73 9 18
2009 0 0 30

* These students may be enlisted in more than one course or study programme, if the courses are part of a modular DAS or MAS.


We employ 288 staff members (33 men, 255 women) for 195 full-time positions (cut-off date: 31 December 2017)

Areas of service Full-time positions
Occupational Therapy 30
Health Sciences 30
Midwifery 25
Nursing 38
Physiotherapy 50
Management, Support and Communication 22


Positioning in Europe

Our School of Health Professions is one of Switzerland’s largest and most renowned centres for training and research in Occupational Therapy, Midwifery, Nursing and Physiotherapy. Against this background we strive for a "top ranking" in all areas among Europe's very best institutes in education and research, which will enhance our national and international reputation.

Excellence and quality

The School of Health Professions strives for quality in teaching and research and has an ambition for excellence. We are delivering top performance and excellence in teaching, research and development, in addition to high quality in continuing education and services by respecting the framework of the Excellence Model of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM).

Corporate culture

At the School of Health Professions, we jointly create and enhance a common identity and culture by taking into account the variety of "gender" and "diversity". Furthermore, our management is guided by a common understanding of leadership.

Interprofessional and multidisciplinary

We support the idea that substantially job-related qualifications and vocational identification form the basis for interprofessional and multidisciplinary collaboration and openness, which makes the School of Health Professions a place where professionalism is practised in pursuit of a stronger interprofessional and intersectoral collaboration to help prevent fragmented and inefficient health care.

Social integration

We are aware of the importance of social integration. By offering teaching and research opportunities, we contribute to the development of professionalism in our professions and provide current and future health care in the region of Winterthur, Zurich, across Switzerland and internationally.

Globalising teaching and research

Our School of Health Professions has established an international network of partner universities offering the opportunity to exchange teaching, research and study positions at these universities to gain high linguistic, intercultural and interdisciplinary skills. We welcome the opportunity for teaching staff, research associates and students from partner universities to teach, research and study at our vibrant and innovative School.

Personal and staff development

The School of Health Professions gives their staff members the development they need by offering options and opportunities for personal and professional development and improvement. We support and encourage career planning and development within the possibilities of the Institutes' objectives and resources. Hence staff members are highly motivated to put their commitment into practice every day.

Health promotion and prevention

We consider health promotion and prevention crucial components of our corporate culture and keep them alive in our School of Health Professions for staff members and students to experience a health-promoting environment. They have high health literacy themselves.

Applying new technologies

The School of Health Professions is in the forefront of and continually evaluates user-friendly use of new technologies in selected areas of teaching (for example blended learning), research (such as eHealth) and administration (Web conferencing etc.). By continually incorporating and embracing new technologies, we position ourselves as an innovative and sustainable partner in the health landscape.

(The selected order does not imply any priority or weighting.)