Hannover Medical School

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Hannover Medical School
founding 1961
Sponsorship state
place Hanover
state Lower SaxonyLower Saxony Lower Saxony
country GermanyGermany Germany
president Michael P. Manns
Students 3.423 winter semester 2016/17
Employee 7,557 (full-time)
Annual budget 320.6 million payers; 162.6 million public authorities; 83.3 million research funds (2009)
Website https://www.mhh.de

The Hannover Medical School (MHH) is a university in Hannover with the fields of study medicine and dentistry . In addition to biochemistry and biomedicine , postgraduate courses such as health sciences can also be taken. The hospital of the Hannover Medical School is a maximum care hospital with a supraregional catchment area.


Academic logo of the MHH
Modern variant of the logo
Kurt Lehmann's Nereide from 1978 to protect the “ shipwrecked ” in the MHH Park

The plan to build a second medical faculty in Lower Saxony next to the University of Göttingen dates back to 1961. The founding rector of the Hannover Medical School was the Göttingen internist Rudolf Schoen (1961 to 1967). The first elected rector was the internist Fritz Hartmann . The Science Council recommended that seven new medical teaching facilities be set up in Germany.

These start-ups should not only relieve the existing facilities, but also be used to implement reform ideas in the training of new doctors. Following this idea, the organizational structure already deviates from that of a classic university and is rather based on the departmental structure of American universities. The departments were assigned to centers, which in turn are grouped into four sections (preclinical subjects, large clinical subjects, small clinical subjects, clinical-theoretical subjects).

As an academic and clinical institution, the motto In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas was chosen, with which ideals and objectives should be outlined as an obligation and task. The words unitas libertas caritas can therefore also be found in the university's academic logo, on the rector's chain of office and in the seal. Like the high relief located in the clinical teaching building, it was designed by the sculptor Kurt Lehmann (1905–2000).

Less than four years after it was founded, teaching began in 1965 with 41 students enrolled. Due to the lack of space, the lessons initially took place in the Oststadt municipal hospital in Hanover. At the same time, the foundation stone was laid and new buildings were erected on an area of ​​around 400,000 square meters in the Roderbruch . By 1978, all important facilities, such as the central clinic, polyclinics, children's clinic, clinic for dental, oral and maxillofacial medicine, the library, various laboratory buildings, teaching buildings and lecture halls as well as supply and administration buildings, dormitories and residential buildings were built here. Only in the last few years was another building added, which since 2004 has housed the gynecological clinic and the “ Rudolf Pichlmayr ” transplant and research center. The Department of Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery moved from the Oststadt-Heidehaus Clinic to the MHH Clinic at the turn of the year 2006 .

From 1973 to 1997 the university operated the Hannover Research Reactor , a nuclear reactor for the production of radioactivity for nuclear medicine .

The university is set up as a campus university, with orthopedics in Annastift there is only one department in an external hospital.

The conversion into a foundation university was repeatedly up for discussion .

Rectors and Presidents

in chronological listing

Research and Teaching

Entrance pylon next to the main entrance

Ever since it was founded, the concept of collaboration between teachers and students has been used “in small groups at the bedside”. In this approach, reinforced by the new licensing regulations for doctors, the MHH is sticking to the successful teaching concept with its new study model HannibaL (Hanoverian integrated, job- oriented and adaptive curriculum).

As of the 2016 winter semester, a total of 3423 students, 2180 women (63.7%), from 82 nations were enrolled. 490 students (14.3%) had a foreign passport. Most of them studied human medicine (2059), followed by dentistry (522).

Medical students must complete their final year of study as an internship at their university's university hospital or an academic teaching hospital . Students can complete their practical year at over 50 teaching hospitals.


The first two M.Sc. programs mentioned as well as the PhD programs are located under the umbrella of the Hannover Biomedical Research School , which has been funded since 2006 as part of the federal government's Excellence Initiative.

Together with the Leibniz University Hannover and the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover

  • Biology (B.Sc.)
  • Biochemistry (Dipl. And B.Sc.)
  • Biomedical Engineering (M.Sc.), the former postgraduate course “Biomedical Engineering” was discontinued in the winter semester 2005/06
  • PhD program "Systemic Neurosciences"

Together with GISMA Business School , Hanover, and Purdue University , Indiana , USA

  • Postgraduate course "Management in Health Management"

Third-party funded projects

In 2016, the Hannover Medical School spent around 82.5 million euros in third-party funding . In addition, 864 third-party funded employees are employed at the Hannover Medical School.

German Research Foundation (DFG)

Scientists from the MHH are currently involved in special research areas of the German Research Foundation (DFG):

The DFG supports the graduate colleges at the MHH

  • Pseudomonas: Pathogenicity and Biotechnology
  • Characterization of pathophysiological laboratory animal models - functional and genetic analyzes
  • Mucosal pathogen-host interactions
  • Strategies of Human Pathogens to Establish Acute and Chronic Infections

The DFG also funds the research groups

  • Stem Cell Therapy and Immune Modulation - Molecular Therapy Approaches in Pediatrics
  • Molecular basis and consecutive therapeutic approaches in hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Xenotransplantation
  • Lung transplant
  • Polysialic acid: evaluation of a new material as a structural substance for the production of artificial tissues

Federal Ministry of Education and Research

  • Competence Center for Cardiovascular Implants
  • Competence network rheumatism
  • Competence network hepatitis

Further research areas

Traffic accident research is also located at the MHH .


Hospital ward block

The hospital of the Hannover Medical School is a hospital with a supraregional catchment area. The university hospital has 90 wards with 1,518 beds (2013). Further beds of the MHH are in other hospitals in Hanover. In 2013, 58,943 patients were treated as inpatients. 452,783 patients received outpatient care in the 35 polyclinics in 2013. The MHH is Germany's largest transplant center . In 2012, 423 transplants were performed here.

Pastoral clinic of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover

The pastoral clinic is an institution of the Evangelical Lutheran regional church of Hanover and a work area in the center for pastoral care of the regional church. The clinic offers basic, advanced and advanced training for pastors and church workers who work as pastors in communities, hospitals, prisons or diaconal and social institutions. The pastoral clinic cooperates closely with the MHH and other institutions, e.g. B. the Center for Health Ethics and Diaconal Hospitals. The management of the clinic is based in the service building of the Center for Pastoral Care at Blumhardtstrasse 2.


The MHH has the following partner universities:

Bilateral contracts within the framework of the Socrates / Erasmus program exist with universities in Belgium , Estonia , Finland , France , Italy , Austria , Poland , Portugal , Spain and Switzerland .


See: Category: University professors (Hannover Medical School)

Well-known graduates


  • Medical Academy Hannover (Ed.): Central Clinic (preliminary draft July 1963)
  • Hannover Medical School , reprint of the building administration, Hannover, 1972
  • 40 years of Hannover Medical School. An exhibition by the Department of History, Ethics and Philosophy of the Medical School , in the MHH Info series , special edition September 2005
  • Rainer Kasties MA: Hannover Medical School. In: Klaus Mlynek, Waldemar R. Röhrbein (eds.) U. a .: City Lexicon Hanover . From the beginning to the present. Schlütersche, Hannover 2009, ISBN 978-3-89993-662-9 , p. 435f.

See also

Web links

Commons : Hannover Medical School  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Professor Manns is the new MHH President. December 28, 2018, accessed January 2, 2019 .
  2. Studies: Development of the Students . Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  3. Personnel: Development of the workforce . Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  4. ^ MHH Alumni eV: The history of the MHH. ( Memento from January 12, 2006 in the Internet Archive )
  5. In the second attempt to the foundation information brochure of the MHH (PDF; 891 kB)
  6. ^ MHH as a foundation - independent and flexible report by Christian Beneker in the Ärzte Zeitung from June 15, 2011
  7. https://www.mh-hannover.de/rektoren.html
  8. "HannibaL" comes - MHH reformed medical studies , information service science of 7 October 2013. Accessed July 28, 2015.
  9. Studies: Development of the Students . Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  10. Research & teaching: data and facts . Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  11. Personnel: Development of the workforce . Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  12. MHH Hannover - data numbers . Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  13. The MHH remains Germany's largest transplant center
  14. Pastoralklinikum landeskirche-hannovers.de, accessed on December 11, 2019.
  15. The order of the Center for Pastoral Care landeskirche-hannovers.de, accessed on December 11, 2019.

Coordinates: 52 ° 23 ′ 2 "  N , 9 ° 48 ′ 17"  E