Digital Health

Master of Health Care

Study the Online Master’s programme in Digital Health!

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Degree programme: Digital Health
Degree title: Master of Health Care
Duration: 90 ECTS, 2-3 years
Study mode: Part-time studies, all studies are online
Language: English
Annual intake: 15

Digitalisation challenges social and health care activities as well as the way of thinking. A new approach to social and health care services means that the client/patient receives all information about him or her and is equally involved in the decision-making about his or her own care. Digitalisation does not, however, develop by itself but it requires multidisciplinary expertise to achieve commitment to change in the working life and to promote digitalisation actively. Digitalisation also offers possibilities for business intelligence. Health services in all EU countries have been available since the beginning of 2014, and digitalisation is introduced to add value to the cross-border services.

The Master’s Degree in Digital Health provide the graduates with skills needed for innovative development of digital social and health care services, service production, expert organisation management and for the development of service quality and management. The studies also prepare the students for planning, implementing and evaluating the social welfare and health care reform in different operational environments.

The studies are working-life focused and when choosing your thesis topic, you can take the development needs in your own work and work community into account and base your topic choice accordingly. It is also possible to do the thesis research to serve the needs of different partner organisations. In all assignment you are expected to use proven knowledge and apply the theory you learned into practice.

All studies are online and the student makes a personal study plan in collaboration with his/her tutoring teacher.

If you have any questions about the programme, you can contact:

Liisa Klemola
Lecturer, PhD
liisa.klemola@savonia.fi
+358 44 785 6203

Minna Kaija-Kortelainen
Senior Lecturer
minna.kaija-kortelainen@savonia.fi
+358 44 785 6645

Eligibility

Degree requirements

The eligibility to apply to Savonia’s Master degree programme in Digital Health can be obtained with a completed Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. A completed old vocational degree in Finland (vanhamuotoinen opistoasteen tutkinto tai ammatillisen korkea-asteen tutkinto) also gives eligibility to apply.

Additionally, the applicant must have at least two years (24 months) of work experience from the field of social services and healthcare. The work experience must be accumulated starting from the date in which the final Bachelor’s or Master’s degree certificate was awarded, and obtained no later than 31 July 2021.

Copies of the certificates must be uploaded on the application form by 27 January 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time. Copies of certificates are required from everyone whose education information is not available electronically: those degrees completed Finland, which are not available electronically, and all Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees completed outside Finland. Moreover, all Master’s degree applicants must also upload copies of their employment certificates on the application form by the set date.

Work experience requirements

Work experience must be verified with an employment certificate provided by the employer.

Work experience should be indicated in full months. When converting part-time work into its full-time equivalent, 150 hours or 20 working days lasting at least 7 hours per day correspond to one month of work. Work experience does not have to be continuous or obtained working for the same employer.

Military or non-military national service, women’s voluntary military service or child-care leave will not be counted towards work experience.

If a certificate was issued in a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish, the applicant must also submit a copy of the translation of the certificate. The translation must be done into English, Finnish or Swedish by an official (authorised) translator.

Savonia will check the applicant’s eligibility before the student selection. After the student selection, Savonia may request the applicant to submit original certificates. Student selection is conditional if the applicant has not fulfilled the work experience requirement during the application period. The student must submit the required certificates by the set date. Savonia may cancel the admission if the person fails to submit the required certificates by the set date, or has provided false information.

Student selection and instructions for the preliminary task

Student selection is based on a preliminary task and an interview.

The preliminary task

  • Instructions for the preliminary task (pdf)
  • Points awarded: max 100 p; minimum requirement 20 p
  • The preliminary task must be uploaded to the application form by 27 January 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time. It is not possible to submit the preliminary task after the deadline.

40 eligible applicants who will get the highest score from the preliminary task will be invited to the interview.

The online interview

  • Interviews are arranged online on 15 – 16 March 2021. 
  • Personal interview time and instructions how to prepare for the interview will be send to applicants by email.
  • Points awarded: max 100 p; minimum requirement 20 p.
  • For the online interview, applicant will need a computer with a camera and microphone, as well as an internet connection.

Applicants must pass both parts of the exam in order to be accepted for education.

Admission process for Digital Health

The admission process for the Digital Health programme in 2021 will follow the below described timeline and consist of the following steps:

  1. The application period is 7-20 January 2021.
  2. Instructions for the preliminary task (pdf) will be published on 7 January 2021.
  3. Submit your application in Studying.fi by 20 January 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time.
  4. Upload to your application
    1. the copy of your completed Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (and translation if needed) in PDF or JPG format,
    2. the copy of your employment certificate(s) (and translation(s) if needed), and
    3. your completed preliminary task by 27 January 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time.
  5. The online interviews will be held between 15-16 March 2021. The 40 eligible applicants with the highest score from the preliminary task will be invited to participate in an online interview.
  6. Results of the student selection will be published by 4 June 2021 at the latest.
  7. Admitted students must confirm their study place by 16 July 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time.
  8. The tuition fee for the first academic year must be paid by 31 August at the latest.
  9. Studies will begin in the end of August 2021.

Study contents

The degree consists of 90 ECTS including 30 ECTS of common studies, 30 ECTS of field-specific professional studies and a thesis, 30 ECTs. 

Professional studies include e.g.: Leadership and Technology in Supporting Staff and Client Participation, Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Entrepreneurship, Integration of Mobile and IoT Applications, Cases and Personalised Technology/ Interactive Process Development, Managing Digitalised Health Services, Procurement Contracts, Protocols, Certified Devices and International Health Care Law, Security and Ethical Approaches in Digitalised Health Services 

Common studies include e.g.: A Successful Organisation, Digitalised Operating Environments, Innovation, E-services and Business, Research-based Development 

Main subjects and fields of specialisation

At the beginning of your studies, you will choose 30 ECTS from common and field-specific professional studies in accordance with your personal study and career plan. You will receive guidance and counselling from the responsible teacher of the programme as well as from other members of Savonia staff in view of defining and achieving your personal goals. 

Structure of studies

The studies contain 90 ECTS and they can be completed in 2–3 years. The table below gives further information on the structure of the studies. The courses with blue background are compulsory degree studies. At the beginning of the studies you will choose 30 ECTS from common and field-specific professional studies in accordance with your personal study and career plan. You will receive guidance and counselling from the responsible teacher of the programme as well as from other members of Savonia staff in view of defining and achieving your personal goals. 

Thesis

At Savonia, your thesis work will be working-life related. This gives you a possibility to network with the experts and employers in your own field as well as in other fields during your studies. You will prove to be able to recognise, evaluate and solve working-life related challenges independently. 

The thesis research focuses on the digitalisation of social and health care services and contributes to the strategic goals of your workplace or a partner organisation. The thesis work can be e.g. development work, a developmental research, a project. 

Career opportunities

After completing the studies, you will be able to work in expert and managerial positions in the field in multi professional workplaces. The Master’s degree at a university of applied sciences qualifies you for working in a public sector post. The qualifications are equivalent to those attained at a university. 

Job Titles 

  • Digital Services Specialist 
  • Project Manager 
  • Service Manager 
  • Service Designer and Trainer 

Qualification

A Master’s degree completed at a university of applied sciences qualifies you for working in a public sector post. The qualifications equal those attained at a university. 

Internationalisation

Savonia is a multicultural and international community and there are foreign exchange and degree students on the campus. You can also take part of your studies abroad. The student group can also attend possible international seminars, conferences and fairs.

Research focus

The research and development work in the social and health care field at Savonia is focused on the development work in the Applied Welfare Technology focus area. 

Postgraduate study opportunities

The possible postgraduate studies are licentiate and doctoral studies at a university.