Huotari Maija-Leena

Health Information Mastering, HIM-Oulu&Åbo

Group leader:  professor Maija-Leena Huotari

Background and significance

Research on health information behavior, information practices and information literacy to improve the effectiveness of health communication is conducted in multidisciplinary collaboration among Information Studies and Internal Medicine, Physiology, Public Health, Medical Technology, Sports and Exercise Medicine, Nutrition Science, Information Systems Science and Computer Science. The foci of studies are on tailoring health information and communication, producing patient value, analyzing content of web based weight management services, assessing health information literacy, and mastery of life. The contexts are health promotion and/or obesity prevention interventions, care paths for obese children, and everyday life of young men, adults and aging population. Results of this basic research are being applied in the development of health promoting interventions, health and well-being services and enabling technologies.

Future goals

Basic research on health information and communication related to people’s everyday life health information behaviour, practices and literacy provides significant, novel theoretical and methodological knowledge and increased understanding. This knowledge is high applicable to the development of health campaigns and interventions as well as innovative health and well-being technologies and related services aiming at preventing lifestyle related diseases and promoting healthy life.

Research funding  

  • Academy of Finland, 2008-2012.
  • Academy of Finland, 2010-2012.
  • Academy of Finland, 2009-2011
  • Finnish Cultural foundation, 2012-2013 
  • TEKES/ERDF funding for MOPO-Call Up & Go in 2010-2011
  • MOPO-Coach in 2011-2012
  • EU/ESF for MOPO-Tuning in 2011-2013  as a member of the consortium MOPO-Study coordinated by Oulu Deaconess Institute, Department of Sports and Exercise Medicine

Research group members

Post doctoral researchers:

  • Stefan Ek
  • Kristina Eriksson-Backa
  • Raimo Niemelä

PhD students:

  • Kreetta Askola
  • Heidi Enwald
  • Noora Hirvonen
  • Helena Känsäkoski

Most important collaborators

  1. Dr. Isto Huvila, Information Studies, School of Business and Economics, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland
  2. Prof. Markku Savolainen, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
  3. Prof. Raija Korpelainen, Department of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Oulu Deaconess Institute, Oulu, Finland
  4. Prof. Peter Bath, Centre for Health Information Management Research University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  5. Prof. Ágústa Pálsdóttir, Library and Information Studies, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland


Last updated: 7.3.2017