Master of Health Care, Master of Social Services and Health Care, Master of Social Services

General information

Description

After completing a master's degree in health and social studies, you are able to work in challenging, multidisciplinary expert, development and management positions. You are able to apply an evidence-based knowledge base in the changing operating environment of health care and social services.

In the studies in health promotion, you will develop your expert competence in promoting well-being and health on a demanding level. You will master the customer-oriented, evidence-based development and renewal of services, processes and operating models that promote well-being and health. You can predict the national and international development of the field of health care and social services and develop activities and operating models for promoting health and well-being in your own area and organisation based on evidence. You can act as an expert and a coordinator of promoting health and well-being in public and private organisations and associations or as an entrepreneur.

Degree level

Master’s degree (EQF 7)

Starting group code

​YSE15S1

Degree-related qualifications

There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.

Studies

Targeted competence

The goal of the education is that the graduates of the degree programme are experts in promoting well-being and health on a demanding level, who

• have mastered the multidisciplinary knowledge base of promoting well-being and health and have an extensive understanding of the relationships between functional capacity, participation and the well-being of the population as well as health.
• develop the well-being and health of their community or region in cooperation networks.
• predict and renew the activities, methods and processes of promoting well-being and health on the level of individuals, communities and regions independently in multicultural expert and development positions in the field, or as entrepreneurs.
• have mastered the planning, management and assessment methods of promoting well-being and health, such as assessing the impacts focused on humans/health in their own area of expertise.
• use critical, development-oriented working methods when working as an expert of promoting well-being and health in different kinds of public, private and non-governmental organisations.

Degree profile

A master's degree in health and social studies is targeted at those of you who want to develop in your career and strengthen your competence in various challenging expert and development positions in the field of health care and social services.

In the studies in health promotion, you will acquire expert competence on a demanding level for promoting the well-being and health of the population and communities as a part of strategic planning and evidence-based activities. In addition, you will acquire capabilities for developing and assessing activities that promote well-being and health. You will need expert competence on a demanding level in the development, management and renewal of multidisciplinary services in the field of health care and social services in public, private and non-governmental organisations or as an entrepreneur.

You will also acquire capabilities for working as an expert, coordinator and developer of promoting well-being and health in multicultural and international networks of promoting well-being and health. Based on your Personal Learning Plan and career plan, you can focus your studies on the promotion of sexual health, mental health and substance abuse work, research and development activities, management or entrepreneurship.

Structure of studies in Peppi

The structure of the studies (90 cr) is as follows:

• Core studies in promoting well-being and health 20 cr
• Core studies in mental health and substance abuse work 5/20 cr
• Research and development studies linked to the core studies 15 cr
• Optional vocational studies 5–15 cr
• Elective studies 10 cr
• Thesis 30 cr

JAMK's common optional master's degree studies:

• Leadership studies 5–15 cr
• Entrepreneurship studies 5–15 cr

Individual courses

Accreditation

The Prior Learning Recognition Procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and the Study Guide.

Degree programme application and selection

Information about applying for degree programmes and student selection

Structure and completion of studies

The studies include the degree core studies, optional and elective studies as well as a thesis. The studies consist of courses and larger competence areas.

The studies in health promotion are evidence-based, and their knowledge base is based on health sciences and branches of science supporting them. During the first 1½ years of studies, the focus is on strengthening the expertise in promoting well-being and health as well as research and development competence. The Master's thesis constitutes one third of the studies, and therefore work on the thesis begins already during the first year of studies. During the last 1–1½ years, the main focus is on the thesis and the elective studies chosen based on the Personal Learning Plan and career plan.

Studies completed in other Master's degree programmes and Master's degree studies offered by partner universities or the Finnish Online University of Applied Sciences can also be accepted as optional and elective studies. In addition, the students can utilise open online studies offered by international institutes of higher education, the MOOC courses, in accordance with the Personal Learning Plan and career plan.

In addition to the courses offered within the degree programme, courses in Finnish and in English are offered by all of JAMK’s Master’s degree studies. The students make choices in accordance with their PLP within the competence areas/courses through learning tasks and the thesis. The studies are implemented as multiform studies, utilising working life and the more extensive research and development projects as learning environments. At least 5 ECTS credits of the studies in the degree programme are completed in English.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

Assessment and learning guidance

Learning outcomes are assessed in relation to the learning objectives of the course. Assessment decisions are based on the assessment criteria provided in the course descriptions. Courses are assessed on the assessment scale specified in the course description. According to its purpose, the scale may be either of five steps: 5 (excellent), 4 (very good), 3 (good), 2 (satisfactory) and 1 (adequate) or a pass (P)/fail (0). Completion of the course has been failed (fail (0)) if the student does not achieve the minimum outcomes set for completion of the course.

The student has the right to know how the criteria apply him or her. Course performance is recorded in the transcript of records no later than one month after the declared time of completion of the course and always before the end of the school year.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

Forms of study

​Part-time studies

In education implemented as multiform studies, the studies are mainly carried out in virtual learning environments. In addition to remote learning, the studies include an average of two days of classroom teaching per month during the first 1.5 years, after which the classroom teaching consists of thesis seminar work. The studies can be completed part-time alongside work, or intensively as full-time studies. The studies are carried out in multi-professional teams, where the students can network with other professionals in the field and develop their own work community.

Graduation

Being awarded a Master’s degree certificate requires the student to complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan. Further information in the Degree Regulations.

​Employment and further studies

Professional profiles of graduates with examples

The degree provides the qualification to apply for public offices or positions as well as other tasks that require a higher post-secondary degree.

The graduates of the degree programme have found employment in various expert and development positions in promoting health and well-being in organisations in the field of health care and social services, municipalities, organisations and companies in positions such as project managers, project leaders or well-being experts, for example. The graduates can also work as entrepreneurs or in international positions.

​Further studies

The master's degree of the university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree, which provides the qualification to apply for pedagogical studies at the Teacher Education College of the University of Applied Sciences. A person who has completed a master's degree may receive an opportunity for further studies in science or arts at universities (Section 37/558/2009). Studies can be continued by applying for corresponding postgraduate education at universities abroad, for example.

The University of Applied Sciences also offers continuing education opportunities for specialisation studies and in working life-based continuing education. All further studies must be applied for separately.

Other information

Planning

The education has been planned in cooperation with companies, public and non-governmental organisations as well as the representatives of international partner universities. The views of the representatives of working life, feedback from the students participating in the education and the alumni, as well as the materials related to predicting competence needs have been taken into account in drawing up the curriculum. The planning has also taken account of the health promotion competencies drawn up by the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUPHE), which act as the accreditation criteria for experts in health promotion on the European level.

​Contact information

Sirpa Tuomi, Programme coordinator, +358 400 976 750
firstname.lastname@jamk.fi
Piippukatu 2
40100 Jyväskylä