- Savonia University of Applied Sciences
Name of the study programme: Master's Degree Programme in Digital Health
Degree title: Master of Health Care
Extent of the study programme: 90 ECTS, 2–3 years
Mode of teaching: Part-time, all studies are online
Study places: 15
Digitalisation challenges social and health care activities as well as the way of thinking. A new approach to social and health care services means that the client/patient receives all information about him or her and is equally involved in the decision-making about his or her own care. Digitalisation does not, however, develop by itself but it requires multidisciplinary expertise to achieve commitment to change in the working life and to promote digitalisation actively. Digitalisation also offers possibilities for business intelligence. Health services in all EU countries have been available since the beginning of 2014, and digitalisation is introduced to add value to the cross-border services.
The Master’s Degree in Digital Health provide the graduates with skills needed for innovative development of digital social and health care services, service production, expert organisation management and for the development of service quality and management. The studies also prepare the students for planning, implementing and evaluating the social welfare and health care reform in different operational environments.
The studies are working-life focused and when choosing your thesis topic, you can take the development needs in your own work and work community into account and base your topic choice accordingly. It is also possible to do the thesis research to serve the needs of different partner organisations. In all assignment you are expected to use proven knowledge and apply the theory you learned into practice.
All studies are online and the student makes a personal study plan in collaboration with his/her tutoring teacher.
Degree and work experience requirements
This section will be updated by the end of October 2019.
Eligibility for a UAS Master’s degree programme is conferred by an appropriate UAS Bachelor’s degree or another appropriate higher education degree (university) and at least three years of subsequent work experience after the degree.
You can apply to Savonia UAS Master's degree in Digital Health if you have completed
In addition, you must have at least three years (36 months) of work experience from the field of social services and healthcare or from the field of your Bachelor's / Master's degree. The work experience must be accumulated as from the date of award of the final Bachelor's or Master’s degree certificate and obtained no later than 31st July 2019.
You must submit copies of certificates used as the basis for the application. If a certificate was issued in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English, you must also submit a copy of the translation of the certificate. The translation must be done into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorized) translator. All documents must be uploaded to the application form by 10th April 2019 at 3:00 pm Finnish time at the latest.
Work experience requirements
Work experience should be indicated in the application form in full months. When converting part-time work into its full-time equivalent, 150 hours or 20 working days lasting at least 7 hours per day correspond to one month of work. Work experience does not have to be continuous or obtained working for the same employer. Military or non-military national service, women’s voluntary military service or child-care leave will not be counted towards work experience.
Work experience must be verified with an employment certificate provided by the employer. An employment certificate must indicate details such as the exact start and end dates of employment, the employer’s contact information, work duties, as well as working hours for part-time work. If the employment continues, the applicant should request a temporary employment certificate from the employer. Employment certificate must include the signature of the employer or the representative of the company and the date when the certificate was issued. Employment contracts or appointment letters are not accepted.
Fulltime entrepreneurship will be accepted as work experience if an applicant can provide a certificate attesting that he or she is or has been covered under the statutory YEL pension scheme (YEL = statutory pension scheme for entrepreneurs). In addition, a notification from the Trade Register must be submitted. The notification must show details such as the name of the company, field of the operation and the period of time the company has been valid. Enterprising activities abroad should be substantiated with comparable official document.
If an original employment certificate is in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English, the applicant must submit a copy of the certificate translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator, bearing the translator’s name, signature and stamp, along with the copy of the original certificate.
Student selection and instructions for pretask
This section will be updated by the end of October 2019.
Student selection for Master's degree in Digital Health is based on pretask and interview.
The pretask must be uploaded to the application form in www.studyinfo.fi by 10 April 2019 at 3:00 pm Finnish time. It is not possible to submit the pretask after the deadline.
The pretask is evaluated pass / fail. Applicant must score at least 15 points of the pretask. Interview is evaluated from 0 to 100 and the passing score is 20.
All eligible applicants who will pass the pretask will be invited to the interview. Personal interview time and instructions how to prepare for the interview will be send to applicants by email. Interviews are arranged online during 15th and 16th May 2019.
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The degree consists of 90 ECTS including 30 ECTS of common studies, 30 ECTS of field-specific professional studies and a thesis, 30 ECTs.
Professional studies include e.g.: Leadership and Technology in Supporting Staff and Client Participation, Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Entrepreneurship, Integration of Mobile and IoT Applications, Cases and Personalised Technology/ Interactive Process Development, Managing Digitalised Health Services, Procurement Contracts, Protocols, Certified Devices and International Health Care Law, Security and Ethical Approaches in Digitalised Health Services
Common studies include e.g.: A Successful Organisation, Digitalised Operating Environments, Innovation, E-services and Business, Research-based Development
Choosing a main subject or field of specialization
At the beginning of the studies you will choose 30 ECTS from common and field-specific professional studies in accordance with your personal study and career plan. You will receive guidance and counselling from the responsible teacher of the programme as well as from other members of Savonia staff in view of defining and achieving your personal goals.
Structure of studies
The studies contain 90 ECTS and they can be completed in 2–3 years. The table below gives further information on the structure of the studies. The courses with blue background are compulsory degree studies.
At Savonia UAS your thesis work will be working-life related. This gives you a possibility to network with the experts and employers in your own field as well as in other fields during your studies. You will prove to be able to recognise, evaluate and solve working-life related challenges independently.
The thesis research focuses on the digitalisation of social and health care services and contributes to the strategic goals of your workplace or a partner organisation. The thesis work can be e.g. development work, a developmental research, a project.
After completing the studies you will be able to work in expert and managerial positions in the field in multiprofessional workplaces. The Master’s degree at a university of applied sciences qualifies you for working in a public sector post. The qualifications are equivalent to those attained at a university.
The Master’s degree at a university of applied sciences qualifies you for working in a public sector post. The qualifications equal those attained at a university.
Savonia UAS is a multicultural and international community and there are foreign exchange and degree students on the campus. You can also take part of your studies abroad. The student group can also attend possible international seminars, conferences and fairs.
The research and development work in the social and health care field at Savonia UAS is focused on the development work in the Applied Welfare Technology focus area.
Postgraduate study opportunities
The possible postgraduate studies are licentiate and doctoral studies at a university.