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This is a blended learning programme with English as the teaching language. The next application period for this programme is in January 2023.

Basic information

  • Degree programme: Global Health and Crisis Management
  • Degree title: Master of Health Care
  • Duration of studies: 90 ECTS, 1,5 - 2,5 years

Bachelor of Health Care or a related degree in university or university of applied sciences in foreign higher education institute and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience after graduation is required.

Masters’ degree programme in Global Health and Crisis Management focuses on health care and crisis leadership, management, and evidence-based development from the perspectives of global health and humanity, socially sustainable development, health and infection prevention and control as well as communication.  You study global health topics gaining expertise in infection prevention and control both in situations in which communicable diseases have spread or are in a risk to spread locally or even globally, and in situations typical for highly technological environments. You will gain master’s level competencies in infection prevention and control. You learn about the protocols of epidemiology, and infection prevention, crisis preparedness, management, and leadership by implementing the tools used at the European and global level.

The teaching is largely based on evidence, global and international models, and best practices in addition to expert experiences from the fields. The most important areas of generic competencies include ethical awareness, research and development methods, and communication in a multidisciplinary team, management, development, and leadership.

Global Health studies are based on global needs. You are provided with general research and development competencies to work in developing, low- and middle-income countries. The problems addressed are global but may also be associated with phenomena such as immigration to Finland and the improvement of this process. Together with the Global Health Ethics, the actual programs transforming our world according to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development constitute the value base of the Global Health and Crisis Management degree programme.

Programme content

The degree programme consists of core competence studies, the thesis, and complementary competence studies. Core competence studies and the thesis are compulsory for all students and their scope is 30 + 30 ECTS credits. Scope of the complementary competence studies is 30 ECTS credits and they allow you to deepen and extend your knowledge in crisis management and quality management in infection prevention.

Core competence studies

Core competence studies consist of the following study units:

  • Global Health Policies and Models, 5 ECTS
  • Global Health Promotion, 5 ECTS
  • Research Methods in Health Care, 5 ECTS
  • Development and Management in Global Health, 10 ECTS
  • Global Health Communication, 5 ECTS
  • Master’s Thesis, 30 ECTS

Complementary competence studies

Complementary competence studies give you the possibility to build your own expertise. You can choose your complementary competences studies from the following modules:

Crisis Management (15 ECTS)
Consist of three study units: Crisis management, Crisis leadership and communications and Crisis preparedness and prevention.

Quality Management in Infection Prevention (15 ECTS)
Consists of three study units: Evidence-based global infection prevention, Epidemiology and biostatistics and Health Care evaluation and infection prevention interventions.

Master’s thesis

Master’s thesis is included in the studies. Students in Global Health and Crisis Management complete applied research and evidence-based development in their respective fields of expertise. The thesis is completed according to the Learning by Developing (LbD) pedagogical action model within national, international, or multinational development or research projects or missions integrating theoretical studies with health care, infection prevention and control, or crisis management development and management.

To give you a clearer picture of the kind of work that is done in the programme, here are some examples of work that has been done by our students:

Acharya, Binu & Cheruto Ronoh, Monica. 2021. Burdens Experienced by Nurses: Well-Being and Coping Strategies During COVID-19

Hagfors, Greta. 2020. Encountering Children in Crisis Settings: Experiences of Nurse Delegates and Their Suggested Core Competencies

Hamara, Emmi & Watson Noemi. 2021 Paint and Prevent – an intervention study on the outcomes of a visual arts-based handwashing workshop for adolescents in Tanzania

Kavonius, Heini & Kotikumpu, Jonna. 2019. Developing the volunteering process at Global Clinic Helsinki

Read the full curriculum (PDF)

Schedule of the studies in autumn 2022

Teaching is organised on following days:

  • 8th, 9th and 10th of September, 2022
  • 13th, 14th and 15th of October, 2022
  • 17th, 18th and 19th of November, 2022
  • 8th, 9th and 10th of December, 2022

Studying in the Global Health and Crisis Management programme

Studies in this master’s degree programme are planned through blended learning, which means that they can be completed alongside a full-time job. You will have a varying number of contact teaching days in a month and otherwise you can study online. Studies include independent work as well as group work, so managing your schedule is important.

Extent of the study programme is 90 ECTS credits, which is equivalent of 1.5 years of studies. However, depending on your own study schedule and flexibility, you can complete the degree in a shorter time as well.

Students in the Global Health and Crisis Management degree programme have previous bachelor’s or master’s degree and at the minimum two years of work experience in a relevant field in the Health Care and Social Services. They have a diverse cultural and geographical background which offers a global perspective in discussions and interaction within the programme and supports the international approach to studies.

At Laurea we are proud of our pedagogical model, Learning by Developing (LbD), in which you collaborate on authentic projects together with experts from different fields all-around the world. Visitors from Laurea’s partner universities visit in study units and projects.  We organize and international symposia on themes such as Ethical Leadership and Management and Global Health. You may focus on development of practical areas in your studies but on their best the studies will be carried out in close connection to the students’ development projects.

After graduation – employment and further studies

During your studies in the Global Health and Crisis Management Master’s degree programme, new career doors will open. You will have the opportunity to work as an expert within the fields of global health, infection prevention and control, health service evaluation, emergency, and crisis management. There are potential working roles research and development projects, in missions of public, private, and non-profit sector organizations, and in business life as entrepreneurs and consultants.

For example, the graduates of this programme are working as full- time workers or delegates of their background organization, at reception centres, among immigrants, at the non-governmental global, international, and Finnish organizations.

As a graduate of Global Health and Crisis Management Master’s degree programme, you have the possibility to continue your studies in doctoral or master’s studies in a scientific university or qualify as a vocational or higher education teacher.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Non-EU/EEA area students in degree programmes taught in English are charged tuition fees.

Tuition fee: €10 000/ academic year for non EU/EEA students.

Read more about the tuition fees and scholarships >>

Eligibility requirements

Applicants to Master's programmes must have a previous Bachelor's or Master's degree completed at a university or a university of applied sciences and at least 24 months of subsequent work experience in the field being applied to or the field of the previous higher education degree.

The required work experience must be acquired after the date of graduation indicated in the applicant’s bachelor’s/master’s degree certificate. However, if an applicant has completed a Finnish post-secondary higher level qualification (opistotason tutkinto) prior to the Bachelor's/Master's degree, work experience after such will also be considered. Work experience acquired until 31st July 2022 will be considered.

  • Eligible Bachelor's degrees 

    The following Bachelor's degrees grant you the eligiblity to apply to this programme:

    • Nursing
    • Midwifery
    • Emergency Care Nursing
    • Public Health
    • Physiotherapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Medicine
    • Surgery
    • Social Services
    • Social Work
    • Nutritional Sciences
    • Health Care Diagnostics
    • Laboratory Sciences
    • Biomedical Laboratory Sciences
    • Radiography and Radiotherapy
    • Food and nutritional science
    • Oral Hygiene
    • Dental surgery
    • Public and Environmental Health
    • Public Health and Allied Science (Management)

Entrance exams

  • Global Health and Crisis Management 

    The students to the Master Degree Programme in Global Health and Crisis Management are selected with a two-phase entrance examination. The first phase is a written entrance assignment to be submitted online by 3rd April 2022 and the second phase is an online interview that takes place 3rd - 4th May 2022.

    All eligible applicants will receive the instructions for the written assignment by email in mid-March. 45 applicants will be selected for the second phase of the exam. The selection for the second phase will be based on the points achieved on the written assignment. Both phases of the exam must be completed at an acceptable level in order to be considered for admission.

More information

If you need more information about the program, you can contact us as follows:

Laurea Admission Services (

Pricipal lecturer of the program Teija-Kaisa Aholaakko

  • on January 12 at 9-11 EET
  • on January 13 at 16-17 EET

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