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health campus bad kötzting

health promotion and prevention 


The Bad Kötzting Health Campus of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology is concerned with application-oriented health science research and teaching. It was officially opened on 22 October 2012 by the Bavarian Minister of State for Science, Research and the Arts, Dr Wolfgang Heubisch, and is affiliated with the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.

Scientific management: Prof. Dr. biol. hum. Horst Kunhardt and Prof. Dr. Erich Wühr

Operational management: Kathrin Martin

Staff: 6

  • 1 Operational management
  • 2 Research assistants
  • 1 project manager
  • 1 seminar manager
  • 1 team assistant


  • Support for company, municipal and individual health management in the prevention region Bad Kötzting/County of Cham. 
  • Establishment of cross-border relations with foreign universities and colleges in relation to health sciences, especially in the Czech Republic
  • Establishment of networks and cooperations
  • Further education and training measures for managers and employees in the health professions
  • Mutual knowledge transfer between DIT and regional companies or institutions
  • Application for and implementation of funding and research projects in the field of health.

The three institutions, the "Institute for Cross Border Health Care Management" under the direction of Prof. Dr. Horst Kunhardt, the honorary professorship Prof. Dr. Erich Wühr for health promotion and prevention and Prof. Dr. Stephan Gronwald with the teaching area of occupational health management and occupational safety were established to fulfil the above tasks.

recent projects - inno4health

Inno4Health offers further education and training measures for specialists and managers in companies in the health sector (clinics, nursing homes, outpatient care, rehabilitation centres, sports facilities) in the prevention region of Bad Kötzting / district of Cham. In addition, a network of DIT, companies in the health industry and educational institutions is to be established.

Many companies in the health sector were not able to offer further education and training in 2020/2021 because they were busy fighting the pandemic. This is where Inno4Health picks up. Together with the cooperation partners, the training and further education needs are identified and, in cooperation with the Centre for Academic Further Education (ZAW) of DIT, a programme is developed that is tailored to these needs. The seminars, training courses and workshops will be implemented as blended learning, incorporating innovative approaches to digital teaching. Thanks to ESF funding, these offers are free of charge for the cooperation partners.

The project also links the DIT, companies in the health sector and educational institutions with each other. This gives the cooperation partners access to health science innovations and technologies, while the university in turn receives important feedback and input from entrepreneurial practice. The network events are also intended to strengthen the cooperation of the cooperation partners in order to better face common challenges in the network, such as the recruitment of skilled workers.

The Inno4Health project, which is 100% funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), started on 1 July 2021 and runs until 31 December 2022.

Project partners of DIT:

Centre for Academic Continuing Education / Department for Digitalisation and Innovative Teaching.

Cooperation partners:

Bayerwaldklink Cham, PWS GmbH&Co. Bad Kötzting, BRK Kreisverband Cham, Pflegestützpunkt Costa Bad Kötzting, die Praxis GbR Cham, Grassl Seniorenbetreuung und Pflegedienst Miltach, Heiligenfeld GmbH Klinik Waldmünchen, Physioteam Franz Bad Kötzting, UniqueBODY Fitness & WellnessCenter Prackenbach, TCM Klinik Bad Kötzting, Ambulantes Rehazentrum Uschi Martin Bad Kötzting, Visio Klinik Bad Kötzting, Sana Kliniken Landkreis Cham.




stay fit without borders! the twin towns of Sušice and bad kötzting get fit together

In the cooperation project for 2021/22 between Suŝice and the Health Campus of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology and the town of Bad Kötzting, children aged 3 to 10 are to be motivated to exercise. For this purpose, a children's rally is to be designed in the spa gardens in Bad Kötzting with several stations. The plan is to create a kind of "treasure map" that the children can fill in after completing the stations and then hand in for a reward. The aim is to explore the body in a practical way through movement by teaching the children movement sequences, exercising the body and experiencing nature. Through this, the children will gain knowledge for a healthy lifestyle. The project is developed and supervised by a bachelor student from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at DIT, with close links to teaching.

completed projects - coordination concept for the joint cross-border rescue service centre in furth im Wald.

The project was approved by the Monitoring Committee of the European INTERREG V funding programme in mid-2016. The applicant for the project was the BRK-Kreisverband Cham as the so-called lead partner in cooperation with DIT, the Pilsen Rescue Service and the University of Pilsen. The areas included in the project in Bavaria were the districts of Cham, Freyung-Grafenau, Hof, Neustadt an der Waldnaab, Regen, Schwandorf, Tirschenreuth and Wunsiedel im Fichtelgebirge as well as the independent cities of Hof and Weiden in der Oberpfalz. In the Czech Republic, the area covers the districts of Pilsen, Karlsbad and South Bohemia. A Competence and Coordination Centre (CCC) Cross-border Rescue Service (Gü-RD) was created in Furth im Wald. The CCC bundles the competences and interests of all BRK rescue services in the border area to the Czech Republic (8 districts/ 25 rescue stations) and thus ensures qualified emergency rescue for the population.  The aim of the project was practical cross-border cooperation, the generation of knowledge transfer, the dismantling of language barriers and a joint strategy development for modern and population-oriented rescue service structures. Together with the university, DIT took over the scientific monitoring. Through these efforts, the Bavarian-Czech border region grew closer together and people on both sides of the border were able to benefit. The project made a fundamental contribution to making "borderless helping" possible in the rescue services of both countries. Patients, regardless of whether they were citizens, commuters, holidaymakers or transit travellers, received cross-border care according to current medical standards and were transported by the fastest route to the most suitable destination hospital for the patient, even if this was on the other side of the border.

competence centre for the education and training of nursing staff trained abroad

The project carried out by the Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Competence Centre in Bad Kötzting for the education and training of nursing staff and health care professions in the Bavarian-Czech border region aimed to strengthen the border region around Bad Kötzting. To this end, a competence centre was established in Bad Kötzting. The project was funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Finance and Home Affairs for the period from 2016 to the end of 2020. The courses offered at the competence centre were aimed accordingly at health care personnel from Germany and abroad who had been trained for one or more years. The focus was on the promotion of professional expertise and German language skills in the context of the recognition of foreign nursing professional qualifications, support in completing the three-year nursing training in Germany and the teaching of competences for encountering different cultural groups in the healthcare sector.


In general, the topics for coping with future house demands in the health sector are diverse. These include prevention and health promotion, nursing, medical care, digitalisation in the health sector and many more. Thus, the tasks of the Health Campus are also wide-ranging.

The vision of the Health Campus is to pass on evidence-based knowledge in the health sector to the actors in the health sector in the region in a low-threshold manner by building networks and cooperations with private and public institutions. To this end, projects are to be initiated in cooperation with regional and cross-border institutions. As a first step, the visibility of the Health Campus is to be increased by informing the public about ongoing projects and actively involving them.

The Health Campus has set itself the goal of gradually building up further competences. In addition to sovereign research from public funds (third-party funding), contract research for external institutions and companies is also to be carried out to gain new scientific knowledge. This is achieved by expanding human and financial resources. By winning projects and thus funding, research in the health sector can be further advanced.

The border region with various actors in the health sector has a lot of potential and should be supported and strengthened through knowledge transfer. The Health Campus wants to be in close contact with the different actors and support them through knowledge transfer. This applies to both regional and cross-border institutions. Only in this way can regional development in the health sector be advanced in the future and added value be achieved for the individual facilities and the region as a whole. Regular interdisciplinary and intercultural exchange and networking with all actors is a central building block for the successful implementation of the visions and goals.



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Competence Centre Bad Kötzting

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