School of Health Care and Social Services

The world needs caring

Focus on people! The social and health sector always needs experts and offers lifelong career development opportunities. Train under the guidance of knowledgeable staff in up-to-date learning environments and through hands-on internships. Savonia educates students in numerous professions in the field.

Our Degree Programs

Bachelor’s Degrees

Savonia educates professionals in several fields of health care such as nursing, radiography, bionanalytics, social services, dental hygiene and emergency care. Simulation is used widely as a learning method. Studying takes place in top-notch facilties and in close cooperation with the Kuopio University Hospital.

We offer Bachelor’s degree in Nursing in English. The other Bachelor’s programs are taught in Finnish.

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Master’s Degrees

We offer lifelong career development opportunities for health care professionals. Master’s degrees are offered in several fields such as Digital Health, Rehabilitation, Palliative Care, Welfare and Biomedical Laboratory Science, Radiography. Master’s studies are offered flexibly enabling the combination of studies, work and family life.

We offer Master’s degree in Digital Health in English. The other Master’s programs are taught in Finnish.

Potilas ja sairaanhoitaja tutkimustilanteessa.

Student mobility

We welcome annually students from our partner universities to complete part of their studies with us in form of studies or traineeships at local hospitals or health care units.

Student story

Anna-Kaisa Säisä’s story

I now have the last year of my sociology studies starting in the fall, and I think this departure to study has been one of my best decisions. The teachers have been supportive, I got to know quite nice people, visited Estonia within the framework of the studies of children in the camp, and already from the first year of training has provided me with new job opportunities.

When studying in Savonia, I think the best thing has been the flexibility of studies. I’ve been able to work while studying, among other things, in the evenings and the occasional etäopiskelupäivinä. Study flexibility is also reflected in the fact that I have been able to study at my own pace. It has also been possible to complete the courses as summer studies either from Savonia’s own selection or by completing similar courses from the selections of other polytechnics.

Kampuksen aulatila.

Studying on campuses

About 1,700 students study social and health care in Iisalmi and Kuopio. Expert staff, up-to-date learning environments and diverse internships provide students in the field with genuine professional learning situations.

Mies ja nainen lähikuvassa.

Work-life orientation

In Savonia, studying is guaranteed to be close to working life. You will be able to do a variety of practical assignments as part of your studies each year. In real assignments, you get experience of success and professionalism. Internships play a key role in the industry.

Mies ja nainen tablet-tietokoneen kanssa.

Internationally connected

Savonia cooperates with 50 foreign universities in about 30 countries. It is worth considering student exchange from the beginning of your studies. Our students can choose studies abroad, the destination country and university together with the teachers and the international office.

Työssäharjoittelija ottaa vastaan ohjeita työn ohjaajalta.

Hands-on traineeships

Traineeships are an integral part of health care and social services studies. The aim of the internship is to acquaint students with practical work tasks that are important for vocational studies, as well as the application of knowledge and skills in working life.

Contact us

Ms Marja Gröhn-Rissanen
International Coordinator
School of Health Care and Social Services
+358 44 785 6407

Ms Pirjo Kinnunen
Manager (Health Care and Social Sciences)
+358 44 785 6491

Ms Maritta Pitkänen
Manager (Health Care and Social Sciences)
+358 44 785 6408