HEALTH CARE EDUCATION AND COMPETENCE (HealthEduCom)
Research group information
Unit and faculty
Research Unit of Health Sciences and Technology
Faculty of Medicine
Research group leader
- ProfessorKristina Mikkonen
Research group description
Research focus areas include:
- Digital technology education and its effects on the users
- Competence-based education of vocational, higher degree, and continuous social- and healthcare education
- Work-related learning environments and mentoring
- Immigrant workforce- models on the integration of immigrant nurses into healthcare organizations
Research materials include qualitative and quantitative data, psychometrically tested instruments (incl. Mentor Competence Instrument, Mentor Cultural Competence Instrument, Clinical Learning Environment and Mentoring of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Nursing Students, Social- and Health Care Educators' Competence, Healthcare Professionals' Knowledge in Radiation Protection). The groups uses methods of theory development and testing, interventional studies, systematic reviews with meta-analysis/meta-aggregation, qualitative study with content analysis, psychometrically validated instruments, & algorithmic and concept mapping.
The research group is lead by professor Kristina Mikkonen. The group includes senior and post-doctoral researchers, doctoral candidates and master students.
In our research group, we are active in collaboration, decision making, and transnational research by representing a need for education and competence development to strengthen health care innovation, sustainability and anticipation.
We generate and synthesize research and evidence for key knowledge needs for health and social care, its education, and competence development both nationally and internationally.
We actively disseminate the evidence in the format of education and its integration into healthcare systems to promote recruitment and retention of the health care workforce and continues career development.
We promote evidence-based education and competence implementation of effective health care to sustain good health and a person’s wellbeing, equality of competence development, and future career opportunities.