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Master's Degree in Health Promotion

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Student Counsellor Irmeli Nieminen, irmeli.nieminen(at)tamk.fi, 050 311 9677
Head of Degree Programme Tiina Mäkinen

Qualification Awarded and the Level of Qualification

The Master’s Degree Programme in Health Promotion for Elderly People leads to a master’s degree.

The eligibility for the Master’s Degree Programme in Health Promotion for Elderly People is given by a bachelor’s degree in biomedical laboratory science, emergency care, physiotherapy, midwifery, radiography and radiotherapy, nursing, social services, or public health nursing and three years of work experience after completion of the degree. The work experience has to be from the field of social services, health and sports.

Special Admission Requirements

The work experience has to be completed by the beginning of the application period. An exception is those with a vocational college diploma or higher vocational diploma (from any field). Their work experience completed after the vocational college diploma or higher vocational diploma is accepted. Also in this case, a minimum of three years of work experience is required from the field of social services, health and sports.

The work experience is given in full months. Part-time work is converted to full-time in such a way that 150 hours or 20 working days (of a minimum of 7 hours a day) equal to one month. The work experience does not have to be continuous or from the same workplace. A work certificate is required of each work experience. Entrepreneurship is accepted as work experience if the applicant can prove it with the entrepreneur’s YEL or MYEL insurance certificate. Practical training and learning by working are not counted as work experience if they are a part of the degree used for applying. Military service, non-military service or child-care leave are not counted as work experience.The work experience is given in full months. Part-time work is converted to full-time in such a way that 150 hours or 20 working days (of a minimum of 7 hours a day) equal to one month.

The work experience does not have to be continuous or from the same workplace. A work certificate is required of each work experience. Entrepreneurship is accepted as work experience if the applicant can prove it with the entrepreneur’s YEL or MYEL insurance certificate. Practical training and learning by working are not counted as work experience if they are a part of the degree used for applying. Military service, non-military service or child-care leave are not counted as work experience.
Application to master’s degrees takes place in the national joint application to higher education. The applicant sets 1-6 study options in the order of preference on the application form. The order of preference is binding and cannot be changed after the application period. Student admission is based on the higher education institutions’ admission criteria and on the order of preference the applicant has given on the application form. Application to UAS studies takes place at www.studyinfo.fi. The service provides information on applying and guidelines for filling in the form. The service is open during the application period and closes on the last application day at 15.00 Finnish time.

The higher education institutions can only offer one study place to the applicant based on the order of preference and number of admission points. If the applicant is not admitted to his/her first-choice degree programme, it is checked if (s)he has enough points for the second choice, etc. If the applicant is admitted to his/her first-choice degree programme, (s)he cannot be admitted to any of the others (s)he has placed lower in the order of preference.

Recognition of Prior Learning

TAMK can allow credit transfer for studies completed at the same educational level as well as prior competence acquired through work experience, courses, hobbies, among others. The student’s prior competence is usually mapped at the beginning of the studies when making the individual study plan. The credit transfer principles can be found in the degree regulations.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

TAMK’s higher education council decides on student admission criteria. Student admission is implemented by means of the joint or separate application. TAMK provides health care and social services applicants with information on health and functional ability requirements. Persons who do not have the health or functional ability needed for study-related practical duties or clinical or practical training cannot be admitted. Admission may also be prohibited by a prior study place cancellation decision if required by protection of other people’s health or safety. TAMK applies case-specific consideration in determining the relevance of the prior cancellation decision for the field.

Profile of the Programme

The extent of the studies is 90 credits. Master’s degree studies are implemented as part-time studies with contact teaching on average on two or three days a month. Outside the contact teaching, learning takes place through independent and team work. The degree can be completed alongside work.

The studies provide the students with theoretical information on the field of health promotion for elderly people. In addition, students learn to think, evaluate and develop operation critically based on evidence. They can choose free-choice studies from other TAMK’s master’s degree programmes or from the educational supply of other higher education institutions.
The master’s thesis is a working life oriented development project. The master’s thesis topic can arise from a development need of the student’s current work community or it can be related to TAMK projects. The master’s thesis process includes research and development, systematic information search, and scientific writing. When the master’s thesis is ready, the student has to write a printable article as his/her maturity test.

Key Learning Outcomes

The degree programme gives the knowledge and skills needed for demanding expert tasks, immediate superior duties, and working life development in the public, private and third sector. The social and health care environment will change rapidly when the population ages. Institutional care is being decreased and the role of home care is growing in organisation of services for elderly people. This is a result of many societal, legislative and service system changes, duty transfers, and Valvira’s and Regional State Administrative Agencies’ requirements for service producers. The municipal reform and social and health care service structure reform increase the pressure for change in Finnish elderly care management. Thus, the need for staff interested in health and wellbeing promotion for elderly people, social and health care service development and elderly care management will increase strongly in the years to come. Immediate superiors in elderly care are key persons in considering the work community’s attractiveness, effectiveness and staff commitment to development of the work community.

The focus area of the degree programme is evidence-based professional, management and development competence. Students will reach deep theoretical understanding of the field and the abilities to use research information as the basis for work. Students will learn to critically evaluate operation and development of the field. After graduation, they can develop their work based on evidence, and work as professionals and immediate superiors in many tasks both nationally and internationally.

The studies include the following study modules: health promotion for elderly people, immediate management of health promotion for elderly people, social and health care studies, free-choice studies, and a master’s thesis.

Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

The focus area of the degree programme is evidence-based professional, management and development competence. Students will reach deep theoretical understanding of the field and the abilities to use research information as the basis for work. Students will learn to critically evaluate operation and development of the field. After graduation, they can develop their work based on evidence, and work as professionals and immediate superiors in many tasks both nationally and internationally.

Access to Further Studies

After completing the degree, the student can apply for the teacher’s pedagogical studies either in a university or university of applied sciences and become a qualified teacher. Eligibility for licentiate’s and doctor’s degrees has to be negotiated separately with each faculty.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Assessment of completed courses is based on TAMK’s assessment criteria. The teaching and assessment methods are agreed on with the students at the beginning of the course. The detailed information and criteria can be found in the course implementation plan. TAMK’s degree regulations are followed in implementation and assessment.

Graduation Requirements

The studies need to be completed and competence objectives achieved in accordance with the curriculum in order to graduate.

Mode of Study

The degree programme consists of contact teaching days (2-3 days/month) as well as distance learning and independent work. Various independent and participatory work methods, such as teamwork and web-based learning, are used. Every student makes an individual study plan together with the teacher tutor. The studies can be completed in 1.5 years alongside work.

Development of the Programme

The curriculum has been developed in cooperation with TAMK’s other master’s degree programmes. Working life cooperation is implemented through working life projects, thesis ideas and projects, as well as regular network cooperation, and advisory councils. Student feedback is collected annually in connection with courses and individual study plan discussions. Alumni feedback is collected regularly through online surveys.