Studies at University of Oulu 2015-2016

The University of Oulu offers study opportunities with a solid academic foundation ranging from 5-6 year degree programmes and master’s programmes to doctoral training. There are also several possibilities such as open university studies, executive training and continuing education for developing and maintaining skills and competencies.

In addition to a variety of student exchange programmes, international master’s degree programmes in English are offered in six fields of study, making the university an international study environment.

5-6 Year Degree Programmes

Health Management Science, Master of Health Sciences, 120 ECTS Credits

Profile of the Degree: 

Students admitted to the Degree Programme in Health management science have health management science as their major. The goal of the degree programme in health management science is to educate experts for research, planning and management in health care.

The graduate students in health management science gain expertise to work in research, development and leadership in social and health care. They can work as a public service unit manager, social and health care manager, charge nurse, project manager or development manager.

The objects of interest in health management science are social and health care leadership, development work in the field, structure of services and changes in the management, and function of social and health care. The studies include foundational aspects in science, theory and methodology. The studies consist of contact teaching, self-written assignments, group work and practical training.

 

Courses Required for the Degree: 

The Degree Programme in Health Management Science leads to the degree of Master of Health Sciences (MHSc), comprising 120 ECTS cr. The main subject is health management science.

The Master of Health Sciences includes areas of competence in health sciences, scientific practice and research skills, and also a minor subject and optional studies.

ADVANCED STUDIES 65 ECTS cr:

Health Sciences 55 ECTS cr

Scientific Practices and Research Skills 10 ECTS cr

MINOR SUBJECT 25 ECST cr

OPTIONAL STUDIES 30 ECTS cr

A more exact description of the degree and course structure is provided in the structural diagram of the studies.

The implementation of teaching is in accordance with the decision by University of Oulu (KN 17.9.2014) regarding four teaching periods during the time period 31.8.2015-13.5.2016. Additionally there is a period for examinations and for catching up 16.5-27.5.2016. Furthermore, it is possible to take a part of the courses during the summer term. A separate announcement is made of the courses offered during the summer term by the end of February.

Learning Outcomes: 

The learning objectives of the Degree Programme correspond to the aims of the Finnish National Framework for Qualifications and other Learning.

Having attained the degree of Master of Health Sciences students are able:

to acquire and evaluate current information of health care critically and use it independently and innovatively from the viewpoint of proactive decision making perspective in relation to advanced studies of health science management;

to participate in research, expert tasks, management and development in health care;

to communicate orally and in writing in a clear and analytical manner;

to reflect on their own and to evaluate the activities and knowledge of the people acting in the operating environment;

to develop knowledge and preparedness of own and of the people acting in the operating environment   according to the changing requirements of the health sector;

to conduct scientific research with scientific research methods and engage in postgraduate studies in health management science.

 

Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning: 

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) follows the main principles as defined by the University of Oulu. According to regulations of the University of Oulu, paragraph  Accreditation of studies taken elsewhere and recognition of prior learning (§ 27), the principles concerning accrediting studies taken in other Finnish and foreign universities and other educational institutions are stipulated in the curriculum or other regulations, unless they have not been stipulated elsewhere. The decision for accreditation of studies by individual students is made by the head of the degree programme Professor Leena Paasivaara. http://www.oulu.fi/english/studying/supporting-your-studies/recognition-prior-learning-rpl

Studies to be credited from a vocational college, university of applied science or Master’s degree in health care from a university of applied sciences, and other universities requires separate application procedure. Forms of acceptance can be found in web-pages of Oulu University: (http://www.oulu.fi/dokumentit/RPL_1A.pdf ). Application to have credits accepted has to be submitted to the teacher responsible for the study unit and further dealt with by the chairperson of the Degree Programme.

Studies to be credited towards Master’s Degree in Health Sciences

Based on a previous Master’s degree from a university of applied sciences and /or other universities, 25-50 ECTS credits may be accepted by the head of the degree programme. The student must submit a written statement of how the previous studies supplement the current degree studies in health sciences (RPL- process).   

Modes of Study and Teaching: 

The studies included in the degree programme Master of Health Sciences can be completed in accordance with the curriculum. This means that students complete the studies in the following areas of competence included in the curriculum: health sciences, scientific practice and research skills, and also a minor subject and optional studies.

Study units are primarily completed by practical training, essays and examinations.  Assessment is completed by the person in charge of the course. Assessment is often based on grades obtained from final examinations. Other assessment methods are used as well, such as portfolios, participation in project work and learning diaries.  A more detailed account of course completion can be found in the description of courses.  The final assignment for a Master’s degree is the Master’s thesis. A Personal Study Plan (PSP) is drawn up for each student, taking into account prior studies and work experience.

Grading: (University of Oulu Rules of Procedure, article 17): a numerical scale 0-5 (whole numbers) or oral assessment (pass/fail) is used in assessing a completed course. In numerical scale zero stands for fail.

Separate provisions have been laid down for assessing the proficiency in Finnish and Swedish language required in accordance with the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004).

All students of University of Oulu may become exchange students if they so wish and to take a part of their courses (e.g. free choice studies, practice) in an institution of higher education abroad. The time period for studies as an exchange student is 3-12 months and a student may become an exchange student when they have finished one year of studies at University of Oulu. The student and the coordinator for international affairs made a decision together regarding the time period for studies as an exchange student and for an individual study plan. In case the student is doing the practice unit of their studies as an exchange student, the student first agrees about this with the teacher responsible for the practice unit and with the person responsible for international affairs. After this the student is in contact with the student centre in order to apply for the place of practice and in order to apply for needed funding.

Language of Instruction: 

Teaching is mainly in Finnish.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

The studies included in the degree programme Master of Health Sciences can be completed in accordance with the curriculum. This means that students complete the studies in the following areas of competence included in the curriculum: health sciences, scientific practice and research skills, and also a minor subject and optional studies.

The study units are primarily completed by attending examinations and they are assessed by the person responsible for the study unit. The assessment is often based on the grades of final or mid-term exams. Also other assessment criteria are used, including work reports, study diaries etc. Study unit descriptions give more exact information on the assessment of study units. Master’s thesis shall be written as the final work in the degree. A Personal Study Plan (PSP) is compiled for each student, considering student’s prior learning and work experience.

Grading: (University of Oulu Rules of Procedure, article 17): a numerical scale 0-5 in whole numbers or verbal grading Pass or Fail is used in assessing a completed course. In numerical scale zero stands for fail.

In determining the final grade for a study module, a credit-weighted average is utilized. The grades of Pro Gradu Theses and Diploma Theses shall not be considered when determining the average of advanced studies.

Separate provisions have been laid down for assessing the proficiency in Finnish and Swedish language required in accordance with the Government Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004).

Occupational Profiles of Graduates: 

The goal of the degree programme in health management science is to educate experts for research, planning and management in health care. The graduate students majoring in health care science qualify for various positions, such as social and health care manager, branch manager, administration charge nurse, senior inspector, specialist, charge nurse, development manager, project manager, planning officer, ward manager / service manager or researcher. 

Access to Further Studies: 

After completing the Master’s degree, the student is eligible for applying for further academic education (licentiate degree, doctoral degree) organized by the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS).

Graduation Requirements and Final Project: 

Requirements for the degree include a Bachelor's degree, but also advanced studies in major subject and the master's thesis with a written maturity test. The student must also complete other studies indicated in the study plan.

In order to gain a degree certificate the student has to supply an application to the faculty’s office according to instructions given by the faculty.

The provisions of the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004), Act on the Knowledge of Languages Required of Personnel in Public Bodies (424/2003) and Decree on the Demonstration of the Finnish and Swedish Language Proficiency in State Administration (481/2003) apply to language requirements pertaining to the degree of Bachelor of Health Sciences.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations: 

All education in the University of Oulu is based on the principles of the joint European credit transfer system (ECTS) which facilitates the transparency of education and the recognition of degrees at an international level. All degrees awarded from the University of Oulu are recognised by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

The Master’s degree (MHSc) qualifies the student to work as experts in social and health care research, development and management in national and international level. After completing the Master’s degree, the student is eligible for applying for further academic education (licentiate degree, doctoral degree).

Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004, Language Proficiency Section 6: Language proficiency

1. The student must demonstrate in studies included in education for a lower or higher University degree or otherwise that he/she has attained:

(1) proficiency in Finnish and Swedish which is required of civil servants in bilingual public agencies and organizations under Section 6(1) of the Act on the Knowledge of Languages Required of Personnel in Public Bodies (424/2003) and which is necessary for their field; and

(2) skills in at least one foreign language needed to follow developments in the field and to operate in an international environment.

2. The provisions of subsection 1 do not concern a student who has been educated in a language other than Finnish or Swedish or a student who has been educated abroad. The language proficiency of such students shall be determined by the university.

3. For special reasons, the university may either totally or partially exempt a student from the requisite language skills referred to in subsection 1.

Basic information

Level of the Degree: 
Master's Degree
Duration of Studies: 
2 years
ECTS Credits: 
120
Language of Instruction: 
Finnish
Graduate Profiles: 
Social and Health Service Manager
Project Manager
Health Care Planner
Head Nurse
Researcher
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 485611
leena.paasivaara (at) oulu.fi

Applying

Applying Information: 
The degree is part of a five-year degree programme which is applied for through the joint application system. The language of instruction in the degree programme is Finnish.