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Detailed administrative information on the bachelor degree programme in Health Promotion and Prevention at a glance.

Entry requirements

A basic academic requirement for admission to the bachelor degree programme in Health Promotion and Prevention is one of the following degrees:

  • Federal Vocational Baccalaureate (FVB)
  • Federal Specialised Baccalaureate (FSB)
  • Baccalaureate

Candidates with a professional diploma but no FVB, or holders of a degree from a College of Higher Education and Training, which is not mentioned on the list (PDF 60,8 KB), do not meet the school's formal admission requirements. They will first have to complete a Baccalaureate or a FVB (for more information go to the vocational college in your area or a careers advisory service).

The Federal Act on Universities of Applied Sciences also stipulates that students must complete a year of practical work experience in their future profession before they can apply for admission to a degree programme. In particular, students have to complete additional modules A, B and C for the bachelor degree programme in Health Promotion and Prevention to qualify for the licence to practice. These can take place before (additional module A = 2 months), while (additional module B) or after having completed the degree programme (additional module C). In order to be awarded the bachelor degree at the end of your studies, all additional modules must have been completed. 

Of these 12 months of practical training, at least 8 months must be spent in the broader healthcare sector (i.e. with the health or social services). The remaining 4 months can either be spent on additional modules B/C in the working world to gain practical experience or with the health or social services. For students with a Federal Specialised Baccalaureate or a Federal Vocational Baccalaureate, at least 4 months of their vocational training will count towards additional modules, depending on the study course.

For more detailed information see information sheet "Information on additional modules A/B/C in BSc Health Promotion and Prevention (PDF 148,1 KB)".

Knowledge of English

Freshers need to have good knowledge of English at level B2-C1 according to the European Framework of Reference (CEFR) which corresponds to a very good Cambridge First Certificate in English (grade A) or a good Certificate in Advanced English (grade C).

Students are expected to read and understand English academic texts (abstracts, reports, studies) and follow the lessons in English.

Students who fail to meet the above basic language requirements are strongly recommended to attend a language course prior to the beginning of the course or during the course.

«It is an employer's duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. In order to identify risks, to suggest and implement effective preventive measures, they need well-qualified professionals with sound knowledge of health management.»

Maggie Graf, Head of Department Work and Health, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

Admission procedures

Admission to the bachelor degree programme in Health Promotion and Prevention is restricted to 66 study places every year. All prospective students have to undergo a fee-based aptitude test that is used in the final admission decision-making process.

Aptitude test and interview

The evaluation of the formal admission requirements by the Programme Secretariat is followed by a fee-based aptitude test that consists of:

  • a written cognitive test in the first part
  • mini interviews (MMI) and a psychological test, in which the candidates are judged on their social and communicative competencies as well as their collaborative skills and perceived self-efficacy in the second part.

The Academic Office decides on the final approval of candidates based on the results obtained in the aptitude test.

If you fail to achieve the minimum score in the aptitude test, you get one more chance to try again.

How to enrol

After having passed the aptitude test, you will receive the documents for enrolment by post from the Programme Secretariat at the ZHAW.

Course fees / Expenses / Compensation

Description Frequency Cost
Registration fee for admission process once CHF 100.–
Enrolment fee for Bachelor's and Master's programmes [1] once CHF 100.–
Tuition fees for Bachelor's and Master's programmes [2] per semester CHF 720.–
Fixed charge for students on leave of absence [3] per semester CHF 300.–
Additional tuition fees for students who are not Swiss residents [4] per semester CHF 500.–
Membership of the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ) per semester CHF 30.–
Membership of the ZHAW Students Association (VSZHAW) per semester CHF 12.–
Fees for guest auditors (depending on the number of courses attended) per semester CHF 100.– to 600.–

[1] Applicants are exempt from paying the registration fee for the admissions process if they pass the admissions assessment/test and enrol for the next available programme start date.
[2] According to §4 of the regulations on tuition fees
[3] According to § 25, paragraph 5 of the general examination regulations for Bachelor's and Master's programmes at the ZHAW, students on leave of absence are exempt from paying tuition fees. According to the regulations on fees and contributions (in German), they pay a fixed charge per semester of CHF 300.– to cover their e-mail account, campus card, use of the University Library and general administration costs. This fixed charge also applies to students on the Bachelor’s programmes at the School of Health Professions who attend the additional module C and to students who do delay the completion of their programme (e.g. by postponing submission of their thesis).
[4] Under Swiss law, non-Swiss nationals who come to Switzerland to study are not considered residents of Switzerland (Art. 23 Swiss Civil Code). In addition to the regular tuition fee, they pay an additional tuition fee of CHF 500.– during the entire duration of their studies (even if they move their official place of residence to Switzerland after commencing their studies). Official residency under civil law is not possible if the residence permit was issued for study/educational purposes. See Fact Sheet for Applicants from Abroad

Additional costs

Item Recurrence Fees
Aptitude test (part 1 CHF 300, part 2 CHF 300) one-off expense CHF 600.–
Flat rate for lecture notes each semester CHF 35.–


To enrol in the bachelor degree programme in Health Promotion and Prevention, you need to send the completed registration form (available online as of mid-September) together with all mandatory attachments to the Programme Secretariat in Health Promotion and Prevention. Receipt of registration will be confirmed in writing.

The invitation to the first part of the aptitude test will be sent out to all candidates after the registration deadline. Candidates will receive a written invitation to the second part of the test after successful completion of the first part of the aptitude test.

All mandatory registration documents must be submitted to the Programme Secretary by the end of July. Exception is made only for employer's references from practical work experience (additional module A). They must be submitted to the Programme Secretariat in Health Promotion and Prevention by the end of August before the beginning of the course.