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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.
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.
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.
Timetable for Admission process
Notes about fees for this course
EU/EEA area and Swiss citizens are not subject to the course fee charge.
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.
At Savonia, if you can dream it, you can do it.
Yes, I can say it confidently because Savonia did help me achieve my dreams. For any student, local or foreigner, getting a good job after graduating from college is the only dream, especially in the foreign land. At Savonia, I did not just receive great education but also excellent travel and work opportunities. In addition, I found such admirable teachers who were always supportive and helpful in every possible way. I am Sudipta Chatterjee from India and a 2013 Business graduate from Savonia UAS.
On my graduation, along with my Bachelor’s degree certificate I received an offer to work for Savonia as a project planner. During my work, I was able to utilize my knowledge of international business and communication skills that I gained during my studies at Savonia. The work helped me realize how well I was prepared by Savonia to face the outside world once I graduate. What could have been a better start of a career for a fresher like me?
Now when I look back, choosing to study at Savonia was the best decision ever. Currently, I work as a student advisor at Savonia and simultaneously pursue Master’s degree in International Business at the University of Eastern Finland, thanks to Savonia now I can handle more than one thing at a time :-)
New thinking and unconventional approaches to work have always been my main inspirations in life. When I came from Russia to Kuopio to learn about international business, I had a vision of Savonia UAS as a place where students were taught to be innovative not only in technology but in marketing as well. And I was not mistaken. Studying business at Savonia together with people from different cultures and countries and under the guidance of passionate professionals - our teachers - made me acquainted with the various facets of trade I had never heard about before! We were brought up to be the qualified and open-minded people able to provide smart solutions to the global marketplace; able to facilitate this up-to-date global shift from the economy of extraction to the economy of creation.
My BBA obtained at Savonia in 2013 encouraged me to go further and develop my career in the challenging field of academic marketing research. Knowledge and skills are important, no doubt. But probably the most crucial lesson I have learnt at Savonia is that your reputation and image of a business person start already at school. Studying is just the imitation of working reality, but your groupmates are the future experts of various industries, and your professional network is actually rooted from these team-work assignments and tasks you accomplish during the studies. Today you are sitting together at the desk struggling with balance sheets, and tomorrow you are changing the world! Thus, I have learnt that being diligent and reliable, co-operative and committed to any work you put your signature under - these are, finally, the requisites of long-term and sustainable success. Since 2014, I am a Master's student at MDP in International Business and Sales Management at University of Eastern Finland.
When I visited Finland for the very first time, I was only 22. I had still ongoing university studies in Hungary, I came only for a personal reason and I had no intention to study or apply to the university. But life gave me the opportunity to come back and stay in Kuopio much longer than I supposed to in 2011. I couldn’t find any full time job in Kuopio in English; therefor applying to Savonia University of Applied Sciences seemed to be the best decision. Since I realized this was the best decision of my life.
I got so much during this 3 and a half year that I couldn’t wish for more: knowledge, friends, personal, professional and cultural opportunities. I got involved actively in Savonia’s student life as an international tutor, I got classmates and friends from all around the world by being student of International Business class. The flat hierarchy of Savonia UAS made the studies easy going and more fun. The expectations were reasonably high but clear and achievable. All Savonia staff was always for the students, always helpful and always flexible.
If I should highlight one, most memorable thing from Savonia, is our exchange trip opportunity to China. During that one month period I got lifelong friends, experiences and memories that helped to find my place and decide what I want from life.
Thanks to the study method in Savonia and the mandatory 5 months internship period, in 2013 I had to find a place which personally and professionally also suits my expectations. I got an offer from a Hungarian PR Agency, Open Communications Ltd. to work for them for 5 months as a paid PR trainee. I was actually happy to come home with all my international experience and see how much I can implement my knowledge to real life work here, in my home country. Seems Savonia taught me well as since June 2013 I am working for Open Communications; after the 5 months trainee period they’ve asked me to stay as a full time worker in PR Assistant position. After a year, in 2014, I’ve got promoted to Junior PR Consultant and just a couple of days ago, as another year passed by I’ve got promoted again, so now I am working as a PR Consultant. Most of my projects are related to P&G corporate and brand issues, new product launches, CSR projects, corporate collaborations etc.
To sum up the years I’ve spent in Savonia and the time since: Savonia is a place of opportunities you just have to find the right one for yourself and seize it.
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