Degree

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

Degree level and field of study

Master’s degree (EQF 7), Health and Welfare

Starting group code

​YSY19S1

Study methods

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

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses

Contact information

Tuomi Sirpa

Tuomi Sirpa

Yliopettaja, Principal Lecturer
HYVI Terveysala, Health Studies
Hyvinvointi, School of Health and Social Studies
+358400976750
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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
+358401824646

Description

A Master of Social Services and Health Care degree is profiled to develop client-oriented, thoroughly reformed health and social services. Graduates will have extensive and in-depth knowledge and the necessary theoretical knowledge to serve as developers of working life in demanding expert and managerial positions. You will be able to develop and direct, according to your chosen specialisation option, social and health care services utilising applied research and evidence-based information. As an advanced-level expert, you will possess the capabilities for innovative, proactive and evaluative development duties. The studies will take place in multidisciplinary groups, providing you with opportunities to network with experts from different fields.

In addition to the specialisation option selected at the application stage, the students can choose from the broad range of complementary competence courses offered by JAMK to deepen or extend their competencies in accordance with their personal learning plan.

The Advanced Nursing Practice specialisation option is profiled in the development of expert competence in mental health and substance abuse work. As a specialist in advanced nursing practice, you will have the capabilities to carry out advanced-level patient/client work in mental health and substance abuse work, to develop client-oriented treatment processes, to manage teams and to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of the results of nursing practice. You will master the planning and implementation of nursing practice change and development processes, as well as the evidence-based renewal of working practices.

The Health Promotion specialisation option meets the international quality criteria for health promotion training, and it has received international accreditation for 2015–2019 from the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). Graduates from this specialisation option are entitled to apply for accreditation as “Health Promotion Practitioner registered by IUHPE” from IUHPE.

Health promotion studies are profiled in the development of advanced-level expertise that is required in responsible positions in the promotion of health and well-being in different organisations and in the position of municipal welfare coordinator. Expert competence is formed of evidence-based knowledge, health promotion planning and assessment models, health promotion methods and specific areas, and health promotion expertise and leadership. Additionally, you will develop your expertise according to the requirements of a second-cycle UAS degree in the areas of leadership competence and research, development and innovation competence.

Studies in the Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation specialisation option are profiled in the renewal of rehabilitation services by deepening the multidisciplinary knowledge base of rehabilitation as well as foresight, development and research competencies. JAMK’s role in the nationwide centre of excellence for rehabilitation as a forerunner in education and research and development activities provide students with an opportunity to strengthen their rehabilitation expertise in multidisciplinary networks and in the evolving interfaces of the rehabilitation sector. The efforts are centred around updating the operating models of rehabilitation, prevention, deployment of digital and technological solutions, and rehabilitation as a multi-party process.

Studies in the Health Care and Social Services Management specialisation option are profiled in the development of work communities in demanding expert and managerial positions. You will be able to manage things, people and finances as well as networks, and utilise strategic thinking in leadership and development. The students can supplement and deepen their competencies according to their personal learning plan by making use of JAMK’s broad range of offerings in management studies in both Finnish and English. Studies in health care and social services management provide a vantage point to the reform of the health care and social services sector. The students will develop their competencies in accordance with the requirements of future working life.

Key learning outcomes

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 objective of the Advanced Nursing Practice, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Work specialisation option is for graduates from the degree programme to be advanced-level experts in mental health and substance abuse work, who

  • possess extensive and in-depth knowledge and the necessary theoretical knowledge to serve as developers of working life in demanding expert and managerial positions,
  • are able to operate 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 mental health and substance abuse work,
  • are able to develop and renew mental health and substance abuse work 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 seeks to accomplish that graduates from the degree programme are experts of social services and health care capable of demanding responsibilities, who

  • master the multidisciplinary knowledge base of health care and social services management at the level required for advanced-level expert and managerial positions,
  • predict, renew and reform services and work community practices based on evidence in collaboration with a multidisciplinary network and teams,
  • have a critical, development-oriented working approach when working as experts or directors in various kinds of public, private or third-sector organisations.

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.

Professional growth and know-how

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

  • The Shared Master Competence module consists of two study modules, Management and Research and Development. Studies in this module are shared master’s-level studies at JAMK. The scope of the studies in ECTS credits will be planned in more detail in connection with the personal learning plan discussions held with each student.
  • The Expert Core Competence module consists of the specialisation option studies chosen by the student (20 credits) and the Master’s thesis (30 credits). According to the Degree Regulations, the Master’s thesis is a professional development assignment aimed at developing and demonstrating the student’s capability to apply research and use selected methods to analyse and solve problems arising in working life, and the capability for independent and demanding specialist work.
  • The Complementary Competence module will broaden or deepen the student’s competencies. The students will freely choose studies from the offerings of JAMK’s other master's degree programmes, for example, or from the offerings of the Startup Factory CoCampus, EduFutura and CampusOnline in accordance with their personal learning plan.

In the complementary competence modules, a competence module in palliative care will be offered starting from the autumn of 2019. The new module was developed in the UAS network as part of the Development of Palliative Care project (EduPal, Finnish website). It is suitable for students who want to develop palliative care in their own work community.

Forms of study

The studies are flexibly implemented in the form of part-time studies. The studies include 2–3 seminar days a month, part of which can be done over a remote connection. Furthermore, part of the studies is completely online-based, including, among other things, online discussions with your group or instructor, returning of assignments and reports to the virtual learning environment, video lectures, independent studying of the source material, and participation in webinars. The studies can be successfully pursued irrespective of where you live or work. The studies begin with orientation days at JAMK University of Applied Sciences upon commencement of the training. The purpose of these events is to help the students orientate themselves with their studies and network with their fellow students and the staff.

JAMK University of Applied Sciences has several international partnering educational institutions where students can complete studies according to their personal learning plan. The students have the opportunity to take a study trip abroad, for example to California at San Jose State University, subject to a separate charge. The studies will be linked to the development of the student’s own work and organisation.

Additionally, students who pursue studies in the Master’s Degree Programme in Health Care and Social Services have the opportunity to apply for admission to the double degree programme that is implemented in collaboration with Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS). The double degree programme is applied for at the beginning of the first study year. Two to six students from JAMK are selected to the double degree programme annually. Students in the double degree programme will complete part of their studies in Austria – a one-week intensive course in Austria and one online course – that will be included as part of their studies at JAMK. Furthermore, the Master’s thesis will be written in English, with a teacher from Austria serving as the other thesis tutor. Those who complete the double degree programme will receive the Finnish degree titles in Finnish and English, as well as from Austria, the degree title Master of Arts (Health Management) or, for those who complete a double degree in social services, Master of Arts (Social Work). The double degree provides capabilities for acting in the international operating environments of social and health services and serves as solid proof of competence and willingness to develop.

Working life cooperation and learning

Studies in master's degree are closely linked with working life and its development through the students’ own work communities and various working life-oriented projects. The projects can be multidisciplinary JAMK Future Factory assignments or projects executed in collaboration with JAMK’s partners. Whenever possible, the learning tasks of the courses and the Master’s thesis will be linked with genuine working life development targets.

Accreditation

Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide. Students also have alternative study options available to them at partner universities (e.g. other universities of applied sciences and universities as well as EduFutura) and in free-access online portals (CampusOnline).

Graduation

To be awarded a Master’s degree certificate, the student must 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.

Degree-related qualifications

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

Professional profiles of graduates

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

A Master’s degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. The graduate may apply to continue on to postgraduate studies in science or arts at universities (Act 558/2009, Section 37). Studies can be continued by applying for corresponding post-degree education at universities abroad, for example. A university of applied sciences also provides opportunities for continuing education in the form of specialisation studies, open studies, online study portal (CampusOnline) and working life-based continuing education.

Planning

​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. In the planning of the degree programme, due consideration has been given to the views of national and international partners on competence development in the field, which have been taken up in the various network cooperation meetings of the personnel. The information on future competence development needs provided by the advisory board of the sector has also been taken into account in the planning.

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