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

General information


In the master’s degree programme in multidisciplinary rehabilitation, the students will expand their expertise and competence on rehabilitation. You will gain competence to work as an expert in patient-oriented rehabilitation or as a coordinator in a multidisciplinary expert network in both public and private organisations or as an entrepreneur. You will learn to proactively anticipate the national and international development of rehabilitation and to develop the operation and operation models in multidisciplinary rehabilitation in your area and organisation, based on evidence from research and foresight information.

The objective is to strengthen professionals' multidisciplinary and multi-expertise competence in patient-oriented rehabilitation processes, development of operation models and activities that promote the patients’ ability to work, function and participate. The programme is intended for professionals with a bachelor of health care or social services degree in the following programmes: physiotherapy, rehabilitation counselling, midwifery, nursing, social services, or occupational therapy.

Degree level

Master’s degree (EQF 7)

Starting group code


Degree-related qualifications

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


Targeted competence

The objective of the programme is that the graduates are experts in multidisciplinary rehabilitation on a demanding level and that they
  • master the multidisciplinary knowledge base of rehabilitation on a level required from an expert
  • use foresight to predict the national and international development of rehabilitation from the perspective of patient-oriented rehabilitation
  • develop the operations and operation models of multidisciplinary rehabilitation and multidisciplinary shared agency, based on the principles of evidence-based development
  • assess and renew customer-oriented rehabilitation and self-rehabilitation processes as well as activities that promote the patients’ abilities to work, function and participate
  • use critical, development-oriented working methods when working as an expert of promoting multidisciplinary rehabilitation in different kinds of public, private and non-governmental organisations.

Degree profile

The master’s degree programme on multidisciplinary rehabilitation develops the students’ expert competence in the development, management and reform of rehabilitation services with evidence-based methods. In addition, students acquire the skills to work in expert and development positions in multidisciplinary and international networks, or as an entrepreneur. The degree programme produces competences required for the reform of the social and health care sector as well as the reformation of rehabilitation as a whole.

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses


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 (only in Finnish)

Structure and completion of studies

The studies include advanced specialisation studies, elective studies and a thesis, or a working-life development assignment. The studies consist of courses and larger competence areas.

The studies in multidisciplinary rehabilitation are evidence-based, and the knowledge base is built on the rehabilitation, social and health care sciences as well as other disciplines close to them. During the first 1½ years of studies, the focus is on strengthening the students’ rehabilitation expertise as well as research and development competence. The master's thesis constitutes one third of the studies, and so 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 (PLP) and career plan.

Studies completed in other master's degree programmes or optional courses in this programme can be accepted as 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.

The student’s thesis and development assignments in the courses may be connected to implementation of research, development and innovation activities and projects in the Future Factory learning environment or development of business activities in the JAMK Generator environment.

The studies are available in both Finnish and English. The students may complete the entire degree 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

This programme is available as part-time studies which include mainly independent study and studying online with your group. The pedagogical learning principle applied in the programme is based on learning together, which is a part of the dialogical learning model.

In addition to online studies, the programme contains approximately two classroom learning days per month during the first 1.5 years. The studies can be completed while working full time.


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 a public office or position or other tasks that require a higher post-secondary degree.

The graduates of the master’s degree programmes work in various expert, managerial and development positions in social and health care organisations in cities, organisations and businesses. 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 Master's degree of a University. The graduate may get the opportunity to continue their studies in the scientific or artistic studies of universities (§ 37/558/2009). Students can also continue for example by applying for the corresponding follow-up training programs at foreign universities. University of Applied Sciences offers various opportunities for studying and learning throughout one's career. These include specialisation studies, diplomas of higher education, the extensive range of courses offered through open studies and continuing education. All further studies must be applied for separately.

Other information


The programme is developed together with partners from working life and other interest groups as well as with the well-being and rehabilitation competence clusters in Central Finland.

​Contact information

Mirja Immonen, Head of Department, +358 40 547 8949
Piippukatu 2
FI-40100 Jyväskylä