Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine, FoM, an integral part of the Kontinkangas Life Sciences Campus, is situated next to the University Hospital of Oulu. The campus is a unique combination of partners in research, education, health services and business.

The faculty provides versatile education in the field of health sciences. In addition to MD and DDS degrees, students can complete Master’s level education in nursing science, health management science, teacher education in health science and medical bioengineering.

FoM is strongly integrated with the surrounding society that awaits new discoveries suitable for innovative industries and highly educated experts. In addition to these traditional expectations, municipalities and the state also benefit from the expertise of the faculty in the organization and critical evaluation of their basic services and duties.

Northern Finland Birth Cohorts give valuable information about our health


There are 11 research units in charge of the Faculty’s research. Disciplines are integrated into these units, the names of which reflect the focus areas of the research conducted at the faculty.

Research is also integrated into the research groups of Medical Research Center Oulu. MRC Oulu is a strategic research organization of the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District and the University of Oulu offering a multidisciplinary research environment for clinical, translational and health care socioeconomic research. Biopankki Borealis constitutes part of the research conducted at the hospital. Some research groups are also members of Biocenter Oulu, an umbrella organization within the Biosciences and Health research focus area of the University of Oulu.

The research focus areas are categorized into international top-level research and promising future research areas. The first category consists of cardiovascular research and system epidemiology utilizing, among others, the Northern Finland Birth cohort data. Pediatric research has grown to be a world-class science. Strong future areas of research include medical imaging, physics and technology research, translational and environmental and respiratory research as well as ICT and health research and society- and business-oriented research. The Center for Health and Technology (CHT) is dedicated to innovating connected health solutions together with researchers and entrepreneurs by coordinating the research, development and innovation activities of the OuluHealth ecosystem.

MRC Oulu

Medical Research Center Oulu (MRC Oulu) is a strategic research organisation of the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District and the University of Oulu.

Study at Faculty of Medicine

The research and teaching carried out in the Faculty of Medicine cover the fields of Dentistry, Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Medical and Wellness Technology, Health Management and Nursing Sciences.

In two of the Master’s programs, the Master’s Program in Biomedical Engineering and Epidemiology and Biomedical Data Science the language of instruction is English. In other degree and Master’s programs of the faculty the language of instruction is mainly Finnish, and all applicants to these programs must pass an entrance exam in Finnish.