Master's Degree Programme in Digital Health (Master of Health Care)

Savonia University of Applied Sciences

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The award
Master of Health Care

How long you will study
2 - 3 years

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International course fees
EUR 6000 per year

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About Master's Degree Programme in Digital Health at Savonia University of Applied Sciences

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 virtual and the student makes a personal study plan in collaboration with his/her tutoring teacher.

Study contents

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Job Titles:

  • Digital Services Specialist
  • Project Manager
  • Service Manager
  • Service Designer and Trainer


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.

Research focus

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.

Timetable for Admission process

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Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA area and Swiss citizens are not subject to the course fee charge.

Entry requirements

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 appropriate UAS Bachelor’s degree.

Eligibility to Master's degree in Digital Health

You can apply to 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 Health Care, accumulated as from the date of award of the final Bachelor's degree certificate and obtained no later than 31 July 2018.

If you are applying with a non-Finnish degree certificate and/or work experience acquired outside Finland, you must submit copies of certificates used as the basis for the application to Savonia UAS Admission Services. 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 (authorised) translator. All documents must be submitted to Savonia UAS Admission Services by 20 April 2018 at 3:00 pm at the latest

Work experience requirements

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.

Work experience should be indicated 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.

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