Holistic health and wellbeing

The research programme on holistic health and wellbeing responds to current social challenges and promote the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities in different situations in life.

Laurea promotes the well-being of the population


The objective of the research programme is to both utilise and produce evidence-based research data and develop end user-driven solutions, services and products. Changing demography, globalisation, technological development and transformation of work have a strong effect on social structures and action models as well as the well-being of the population. The changes involve challenges but also opportunities for promoting the population’s health and well-being.

The content of our research programme strongly reflects our extensive expertise in social services and health care as well as Laurea’s important role as a significant educator in the field of health care.

Well-being is approached through a holistic view of human beings and society. The important elements include participation, functional ability, performance and empowerment of people. Our current themes include:

  • Promotion of functional ability and engagement
  • Promotion of well-being at work in changing operating environments
  • New competence in social services and health care
  • Use of new technology in social services and health care

Laurea as part of the national and international collaboration network
Our area of operation is large, reaching from our nearby areas to international operating environments. We carry out research and development by engaging in active cooperation with companies, the public sector, organisations and end users. Many universities and research institutes in Finland and abroad are our important partners in development cooperation.

Important sources of funding for the projects of the research programme include the structural funds of the European Union (ESF, EDRF, INTERREG), the health promotion appropriation (Ministry of Social Affairs and Health), Academy of Finland (Strategic Research Council), grants from the Ministry of Education and Culture as well as a number of Finnish foundations and research programmes.

Laurea carries out and promotes health and well-being research, development and innovation in a number of Finnish and international networks.

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Projects in this field

We are running many R&D projects in Holistic health and wellbeing

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