History of the Section of Medicine

The Section of Medicine was created at the beginning of 2018 as a result of the restructuring of the Faculty of Science and Medicine (SciMed) into two sections.

This step was necessary to enable the introduction of the Master in Human Medicine. For this purpose, the former Department of Medicine had to expand into the areas of clinical medicine and community health. Five Departments and one Institute were thus created, which are able to cover the entire spectrum from molecular biomedical subjects to hospital and family medicine as well as public health. In addition, the strong collaboration with the Fribourg Hospital (HFR) and the Fribourg Network for Mental Health (FNPG) was further expanded.

A few key moments in our history:
As early as 1896, at the creation of the Faculty of Science, it was possible to absolve the first year of medical studies at the University of Fribourg. Since 2019, a full Bachelor and Master degree programme in human medicine is offered in Fribourg. Sport Sciences started with an optional course in "Physical Education and Sport" for secondary schools teachers in 1970. Since 2010, in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen, a complete study programme up to Master level is offered. The Biomedical Sciences are offered at Bacheler level since 2006.