Occupation and field of work in biomedical science (VO)

Course numberB3.06651.20.320
Course codeBeruf
Semester of degree program Semester 2
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits2,0
Language of instruction German

Based on an historical perspective on health professions, students can understand current developmental efforts of the various players in health sciences, in particular biomedical sciences, as well as establish relationships within and derive effects on the professionalization of health work. They are able to reflect on their own profession with its different fields of work in biomedical analysis and their specific tasks, objectives and structures and to relate to other health professions. They can recognize, analyze and reflect norms and ethical principles for professional actions. Students are also capable of understanding the social, legal and institutional frameworks for health work and by doing so they can take individual cultural and religious needs, lifestyles and values into account when deciding their own actions. They are aware of the responsibility for their own professional actions (keyword: responsibility ethics), recognize the limits of self-responsible professional practice and can relate to the relevant legal regulations.

  • Occupation and fields of work in biomedical science
  • Framework conditions and changes in the occupational field
  • Qualification requirements and qualification developments
  • Professional self-understanding and its characteristical elements, limits of independent professional practice
  • Professional regulations in Austria and the EU
  • Values, norms and ethical principles in the professional field, in society and in particular in health care (code of conduct)
  • Professionalization / expertise and professional action: theories, application and consequences
  • Historical development and international comparison of the occupational field
  • Tasks, goals and structures of the health professions
  • Trends and developments for the further advancement of health work and care

  • Badura, B.& von dem Knesebeck, O. (2012), Soziologische Grundlagen der Gesundheitswissenschaften, in K. Hurrelmann & O. Razum (2016). Handbuch Gesundheitswissenschaften. Weinheim: Juventa.
  • Combe, A. & Helsper, W. (1996), Pädagogische Professionalität. Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp.
  • Kachler, M. & Behrens, J. (2005), Professionalisierung oder Expertisierung der diagnostisch-technischen Gesundheitsberufe. Mythos oder realistische Perspektive? In: Kachler, M. et al. [Hrsg.] (2005). Quo vadis, MTA? - Ein Beruf auf dem Prüfstand. Berlin: Mensch & Buch.
  • Kachler, M. (2007), Qualifikationsforschung zum Handlungsfeld der Biomedizinischen Analytik. Berlin: Weißensee.
  • Kachler, M. (2012), Professionalisierung der biomedizinischen Analytik. Saarbrücken: SVH Verlag
Books, journals and websites according to the current state of knowledge in the respective fields.

Lectures, group discussions, reflections