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Basis of Education Competence Standards Structure of Studies Development of Expertise Methods and implementation Course Table

Degree Programme in Public Health Nurse

This curriculum is a translation of the curriculum of the Finnish degree program.

Methods and implementation

In Savonia, the pedagogical starting point is the diverse combination of high-quality and work-related education and research and development activities. Work-related education emphasizes students' motivation and commitment to studies. The diverse virtual and physical environments in Savonia and in the premises of network partners both at home and abroad integrate theory and practice extensively and interestingly into student learning and organizational development. Education is characterized by diversity, multidisciplinarity and non-attachment to time and place.

Comprehensive guidance supports the student's professional growth throughout the study path. In Savonia, every student is an individual. The training is implemented taking into account the different needs and goals of the students. Versatile ways of implementing education enable alternative methods of study and progress in studies in accordance with the student's own goals.

Savonia makes extensive use of the identification and recognition of prior knowledge and the study of work as part of a student's personal study plan. Students can deepen or expand their knowledge by utilizing the offerings of Savonia's national and international university partners.

The working life orientation of Savonia's education is realized through the diverse networking of teachers. Networks also ensure the continuous development of substance expertise. The staff creates learning situations and supports student learning. Student services, library and information services, international services and other university services help with studying. The training follows the principles of accessibility and sustainable development.

The curriculum of the degree program in public health nursing defines the objectives and main content of each study course, the scope in terms of credits, the principles of organizing studies and teaching, and the required credits. The implementation planning of the training is carried out every semester. The study courses to be taken during the same semester are planned as a single entity. The flexibility of studies is guaranteed by virtual studies, the use of social media as a learning tool and the use of alternative ways of demonstrating competence. The identification, recognition and demonstration of prior learning and the study of work are part of this process. The teacher tutor supports the personalization of studies and the development of competence.

The principles of implementing the degree program in public health nursing / nursing are the dialogue of practical and theoretical teaching, learning in different expert cultures and securing the student's individual progression paths. In the study, contact teaching alternates and interleaves with independent study alone and in a group. Part of the study and learning takes place at the school in skill workshops and simulation situations. Internships in real working life environments as well as other forms of study used in working life, such as various projects implemented in cooperation with working life, are part of learning and competence development. From the beginning of their studies, students are supported in community learning and independent acquisition of information.

Internationalization is part of studying. Students have the opportunity to study 60 ECTS of international and cultural competence at different stages of their studies, either abroad in various exchange programs or in Savonia by choosing studies from the Bachelor's degree of Health Care. In connection with professional studies, the student completes at least 5 credits in English (other than language studies). Although the education is in Finnish, in one semester a course may be offered in Kuopio only in English, in which case the study is integrated into the English-speaking group of nursing students.

The student can also practice cultural skills while tutoring international exchange students and working in, for example, immigrant communities. Students may choose to complete optional language studies that are included as part of a personal study and career plan.

The assessment follows the degree rules of Savonia University of Applied Sciences. Assessment guides and reviews the achievement of the student's study goals. The assessment criteria are based on the objectives of the course and the student receives information about the assessment criteria at the beginning of the course. The student has the right to receive information on the application of the assessment criteria to his / her study performance. The Degree Programme in Public Health Nurse collects quantitative and qualitative feedback from the semester's studies, which is discussed in tutor classes.


We reserve the right to make changes to the curriculum due to the need to update the content being studied.