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Global health includes themes such as sustainable development, worldwide crises and infection control and prevention.

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.

The content of the degree programme

The Global Health and Crisis Management Master's Degree programme is taught in English. Students learn expertise and action in the Global Health context. In addition, you learn what Global Health is about. 

Global Health is included very extensively. It includes, for instance, sustainable development, worldwide crises and infection control and prevention. You study infection prevention in situations in which communicable diseases have spread or are in a risk to spread locally or even globally. You learn about the protocol of epidemiology and infection prevention and the tools used at the European and global level. Visitors from Laurea’s partner universities visit in study units and projects. 

The teaching is largely based on the WHO’s models and other international models. The most important areas of generic competences include communication in a multidisciplinary team, management, development and leadership. 

As a blended learning student, you will have three days a month of contact teaching on Laurea’s Tikkurila campus. The campus is located near the Ring Rail Line and Tikkurila railway station, easily accessible from the airport and by train from the north.

The online learning environment promotes learning. Students write essays and carry out structured online exercises according to "e-tivity" instructions. You learn to use online tools as well as evaluate and comment on each other’s output.  The exercises and essays may be preparatory assignments for the next contact teaching session or they may serve as outcome assignments.

It takes 1,5 years to complete the degree. Therefore, you should start working on your development project (thesis) already during the first months of study by combining it as an essential part of your studies.

Global Health studies at Laurea are based on global needs. Students are provided with general research and development competences to work in areas such as Africa or Nepal, for instance.

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 Ethics, the WHO’s Health in All Policies programme and the UN’s Millennium Development Goals constitute the value basis of the degree programme.

We organise efficient international symposia on themes such as Ethical Leadership and Management and Global Health. Simulation also constitutes part of the studies. In simulations, students practice tasks such as crisis management – that is, how to act as a leader in challenging, unexpected situations. Coventry University is Laurea’s future partner in this area.

A main theme of the programme is that it is our job to produce value- and evidence-based technical norms, knowledge and instructions for workplaces. In addition to studying experiences, such as the experiences of immigrant women, we also prepare evidence-based instructions. Students may focus on more practical areas in their studies but all the studies will be carried out in close connection to the students’ development projects. Our results greatly benefit the workplace and are applied in practice. We do not confine ourselves within walls.

The curriculum includes no work placement. Students may, however, participate in an international development aid project and, for instance, gather data for their thesis abroad according to their personalised study plans.

Many of our graduates have continued their studies, writing a doctoral thesis or studying for a Master’s degree at a university. Many are working as ambassadors of their background organisation at reception centres, among immigrants, at the Red Cross or in international organisations in Finland. During the studies, new career doors will open.

Already at the beginning of the studies, it is a good idea to adopt a determined mind and a vision of what you want. There are good employment opportunities in catastrophe work and health care development. Laurea also collaborates with companies. After graduation, you may be employed in a commercial company as an expert or start a business of your own in Finland or your home country.

We expect students to have an open mind, be tolerant and enthusiastic and be able to go deep into a subject. In addition to theoretical skills, good interactive skills are important. In addition, we appreciate a constructive, critical attitude and good evaluation skills.

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Shedule of the studies

Compulsory Study Units Timetable
Orientation to the studies 10.9.2020 at 9.00-16.00
Development and Management in Global Health 11.9.20 at 9-16, 8.10.20 at 9-16, 11.11.20 at 9-16, 14.11.20 at 9-16, 12.12.20 at 9-16
Global Health Policies and Models 12.09.20 at 12.30-16, 9.10.20 at 12.30-16, 10.10.20 at 12.30 - 16, 12.11.20 at 9-11.30, 13.11.20 at 12.30-16
Global Health Communication 9.10.20 at 9-11.30, 12.11.20 at 12.30-16, 13.11.20 at 9-11.30, 11.12.20 at 9-11.30, 14.1.21 at 16-18
Global Health Promotion 12.9.20 at 9-11.30, 10.10.20 at 9-11.30, 10.12.20 at 9-16, 11.12.20 at 12.30-16
Master's Thesis 16.1.21 9-16, 13.2.21 at 9-16, 10.3.21 at 15-18, 17.4.21 at 12.30 - 16, 17.5.21 at 14-18, 9.6.21 at 14-18, 15.9.21 14-18, 6.10.21 at 14-18, 10.11.21 at 15-18, 8.12.21 at 14-18.
Elective Study Units  
Research Methods in Health Care Online + in the context of thesis workshops, starting November 2020
Epidemiology and biostatistics online + 11.2.21 at 9-16 outbreak management online conference
Evidence-based Global Infection Prevention 15.1.21 at 9-16, 12.2.21 at 9-11.30, 11.3.21 at 9-16
Health Care Evaluation and Infection Prevention Interventions 12.3.21 at 12.30-16, 17.4.21 at 9-11.30, 10.6.21 at 9-16
Crisis Preparedness and Prevention 12.3.21 at 9-11.30, 13.3.21 at 9-16, 15.4.21 at 9-16
Crisis Leadership and Communications 12.2.21 at 12.30-16, 20.5.21 at 9-16 + online
Crisis Management 10.9.21 at 9-16, 14.10.21 at 9-16, 15.10.21 at 9-16


Thesis examples

Students in Global Health and Crisis Management do important research to develop their respective fields of expertise. A 30 credit thesis is included in the studies and 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.

The Meaning of Support for the Childbirth Experiences of Immigrant Women, Gould, Hilla (2018)

Global Perspective on Deinfibulation, Kytöaho, Heidi; Rinne, Johanna (2018)

Polish Abortion Tourism, Hirvonen, Ewa (2017)

Recommended Practices for the Assessment of Isolation Practices for Tuberculosis Patients in Acute Hospital, Tinong, Ernestine (2017)

Nutritional Preferability among Finnish and Indian Children within the context of the FINDIgATE Project, Talmadge, Amanda (2017)

Somalian families' views on disabled children and Finnish health care services, Starck, Jenny (2016)

Tuition fees and grants

Non-EU/EEA area students who have been selected through the Finnish joint application for admission to degree programmes taught in English are charged tuition fees.

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

Grants are intended for students paying yearly tuition fee in accordance with the grant fund regulations. The grants are provided to students applying for them provided that the student has completed at least 60 ECTS that count towards their degree programme in the previous academic year ending on 31st July. ​The size of any grant is to be at most equivalent to 1​0% of the yearly tuition fee​.

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Master of Health Care, Global Health and Crisis Management, Tikkurila, apply Jan 7th - 20th 2021

  • Studies begin: Fall 2021
  • Mode of teaching: Blended Learning
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