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

Degree level

Master’s degree (EQF 7)

Starting group code


Study methods

Part-time studies. Please, see the further information below.

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses

Contact information

Tuomi Sirpa

Tuomi Sirpa

Koulutuksen kehittämispäällikkö, Educational Development Manager
Koulutuksen kehittämispalvelut, Educational Development Services
Hallinto, Administration
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Solankallio-Vahteri Tytti

Solankallio-Vahteri Tytti

Päällikkö terveysala, Head of Department Healthcare
HYVI Terveysala, Health Studies
Hyvinvointi, School of Health and Social Studies


The university of applied sciences Master of Health Care degree programme will offer you the competence needed to work in demanding expert and management roles in the development of social services and healthcare working life in public, private and third sector organisations. The studies also offer you the opportunity to develop your international and entrepreneur skills.

You will master the goals of the social services and healthcare and regional government reforms that will take place in Finland from the viewpoint of the specialisation option you picked in the application phase. You are able to recognise international good practices and know how to develop client-oriented, evidence-based well-being services. You will acquire the competence needed in innovative, proactive and evaluative development tasks and demanding expert responsibilities.

As a student in the specialisation options of Management and Development and Health Promotion you will be able to increase your international expertise by applying to study in the double degree programme, which is carried out in English in co-operation with the Austrian Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS). The language of teaching and written theses in these studies is English. The degree titles of those who have completed the Double Degree Programme will be Master of Health Care/Master of Social Services/Master of Health Care and Social Services as well as Master of Arts (Health Management) from Austria. The double degree provides capabilities for acting in the international operating environments of social and health services.

Degree-related qualifications

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

Targeted competence

The goal of the programme is that the graduates from the degree programme are prepared to take on demanding expert positions within the social and healthcare sector and possess special skills in the specialisation picked in the application phase.
The goal of the specialisation in Advanced Nursing Practice is for its graduates to become professionals of demanding nursing practice, who

  • are able to operate in challenging work environments as independent expert nurses, making decisions based on their knowledge of nursing practice as well as multi-disciplinary information utilising their extensive networks.
  • are able to apply, innovate and assess cost-effective and efficient methods of nursing in their own area of expertise
  • have a mastery of clinical pharmacology and medical treatment in their own area of expertise
  • are able to develop and renew clinical nursing practice based on evidence in cooperation with a multidisciplinary team
  • know how to critically assess and apply the basic values and principles of professional ethics of their own field as experts and developers of working life.

The objective of the programme in Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation 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 developments taking place in rehabilitation from the perspective of client-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 client-oriented rehabilitation and self-rehabilitation processes as well as activities that promote the clients’ 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.

The specialisation in Health Care and Social Services Management and Development seeks to accomplish that graduates from the degree programme are experts of social services and health care capable of demanding responsibilities, who

  • understand the basic concepts of management, and of public management in particular
  • have internalised the importance of human resource management in the development of a work community
  • understand the importance of the management of well-being at work for successful operations and the sustainable development of working life
  • are able to apply the working life development methods in change management and the innovative development of social and health services
  • have mastered the specification of the goals and core competence of their organisation or company and management in accordance with them
  • are able to apply the theories and operating models of economic and information management to improve the quality, productivity and effectiveness of the organisation.

The goal of the programme in the specialisation of Health Promotion 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.
  • 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

​The Master of Healthcare degree is profiled to develop the working life of social services and healthcare that is undergoing a reform in accordance with the various perspectives provided by the specialisation options.

In addition to exploratory working life development, the studies in the specialisation of Advanced Nursing Practice are profiled in the evidence-based development of client-oriented social and health care services and nursing practices. Expertise in clinical nursing practice is profiled as the evaluation of need for care and clinical nursing, prevention of national diseases and clinical pharmacology and medical treatment. The students will acquire their competence and capabilities to work in the development of reception activities in nursing, as a team leader and as an initiator of various change and development processes in health care.

The master’s degree programme in Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation is profiled as development, management and reform of multidisciplinary 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 specialisation produces competences required for the reform of the social and health care sector as well as the reformation of rehabilitation as a whole.

Studies in the specialisation of Health Care and Social Services Management and Development are profiled as exploratory working life development and management of personnel and well-being at work, financial management as a part of the manager role, new types of management roles and service culture, and understanding diversity and complexity in the development of work communities.

The Master’s Degree Programme in Health Promotion received international accreditation for 2015–2019 from the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). This accreditation shows that the degree programme meets the quality criteria for international health promotion training. The health promotion studies are profiled in developing the students’ skills in accordance with the criteria for international well-being and health promotion skills. The level of competence corresponds to special expert skills in health and well-being.

In the specialisation of Health Promotion, the students develop their 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, they will acquire capabilities for developing and assessing activities that promote well-being and health. The expert competence on a demanding level is needed 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.

In accordance with their Personal Learning Plans (PLP) and the associated career plans, the students can emphasise their studies in research and development, entrepreneurship or further their international expertise on intense studies at JAMK partner schools abroad (for example in Austria, France, the US) or at the JAMK Summer School in Finland.


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

  • Core studies of the specialisation option, 25 cr
  • Research and development studies 15 cr
  • Optional core studies 10 cr
  • Elective studies 10 cr
  • Thesis 30 cr

During the first 18 months, students focus on the expertise studies in accordance with the specialisation option and developing their 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 12–18 months, the main focus is on the thesis and the optional and elective studies chosen based on the Personal Learning Plan (PLP) and career plan. At least 5 ECTS credits of the studies in the degree programme are completed in English.

Optional and elective studies can include studies in another master’s degree programme in the student’s own university of applied sciences or in one of the other specialisation options or online studies in a master’s degree programme at another university of applied sciences. Furthermore, it is possible for the students to take advantage of the open online course contents offered at international institutes of higher education, in accordance with one’s Personal Learning Plan and career plan.

The learning tasks on the courses and the thesis can be carried out in connection to research, development and innovation activities and projects as a part of JAMK projects, multidisciplinary LAB environments or working life development projects.

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:

Study methods

In education implemented as part-time 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 contact studies are carried out in accordance with the schedules of the thesis seminars and the courses in the optional and elective studies selected by the student. 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.


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.

Professional profiles of graduates with examples

Graduates from the degree programme of Master in Health Care have found employment in different types of expert, manager, development and coordination positions in the field of social services and health care organisations in the public, private and third sectors, and as project managers and experts in various development projects. The graduates also possess the skills needed to work as an entrepreneur in the wellness sector, or as experts in international and multicultural development tasks.

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. The University of Applied Sciences also offers continuing education opportunities for specialisation studies, Higher Education Level Apprenticeship Training as well as in working life based continuing education. All further studies must be applied for separately.


​The education has been planned in cooperation with companies, public and non-governmental organisations in the field of health care and social services as well as the representatives of international partner universities. The views of the representatives of working life, the materials related to predicting competence needs as well as the views of the students and alumni who have participated in the education have been taken into account in drawing up the curriculum.