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Master's Degree Programme in Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services

Degree:
Master of Social Services and Health Care

Degree title:
ensihoitaja (ylempi AMK), Master of Health Care
fysioterapeutti (ylempi AMK), Master of Health Care
geronomi (ylempi AMK), Master of Social Services and Health Care
jalkaterapeutti (ylempi AMK), Master of Health Care
naprapaatti (ylempi AMK), Master of Health Care
sairaanhoitaja (ylempi AMK), Master of Health Care
sosionomi (ylempi AMK), Master of Social Services
terveydenhoitaja (ylempi AMK), Master of Health Care
Liikunnanohjaaja (ylempi AMK)
yhteisöpedagogi (ylempi AMK), Master of Humanities

Credits:
90 ects

Objectives

You can update, deepen and extend your expertise acquired in a basic degree and working life. You will deepen your understanding on the reforms of social and health care. Furthermore, you are prepared to develop customer- and research oriented services. You can work in multidisciplinary networks and lead development projects in the working life. You can work target-orientedly and productively in the immediate supervisor work. Thus you will get abilities for the management of changes and reforms.
You are able to work in the expert and management tasks in the social and health care organisations. The Master's degree produces the same competence to public offices and tasks as the similar higher academic degree taken from the university (except the qualifications for the position of social worker).

Degree programme description

The basis of the education is a multidisciplinary and multiprofessional viewpoint emphasizing the development needs of the social and health care environment. Critical thinking, problem solving skills, self-direction, initiative and co-operative skills are emphasized in your studies.

Implementation of studies and flexible learning tracks

Studies part-time and you can study on the side. Some courses are carried out oneline. There are 2 - 3 contact learning days per month. Between the contact lessons, you study independently or online. It is possible to complete the degree programme within 2 - 3 years. The learning tasks are linked to the working life. The studies include the Master’s thesis which is carried out in working life. You will start your thesis work in your first study year and go on working with the thesis during the third study year.
Your personal study plan is built in the beginning of your studies.

Career opportunities

After graduation, you are able to work as an immediate supervisor, staff nurse, team chief or expert in different projects and development tasks. After having taken the degree, you are able to apply t to the doctor studies to the university. You can also apply to a vocational teacher training.

RDI and cooperation with world of work

As a student, you have possibility to participate in research and development work by combining your learning tasks with working life. In your thesis work, you can also work in co-operation with the Xamk RDI projects.

Learning environments

Master's School is a learning community for Master’s degree students at Xamk. It provides you with the opportunity to build your personal career path and expand your professional network.

Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services, master studies
Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services, master studies
Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services, master studies
Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services, master studies
Enrolment

15.08.2022 - 04.09.2022

Timing

15.08.2022 - 31.12.2022

Credits

5 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

4 op

Mode of delivery

20 % Contact teaching, 80 % Distance learning

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services
Teachers
  • Leila Pekonen
Responsible person

Anna Makkonen

Student groups
  • SJSA22SY
    Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services, master studies

Objective

You can identify the different stages of the development of management thinking, and recognize their impact on today's management.
You know what leadership and management expertise means and how it can be improved.
You are able to assess and define your own leadership skills and you recognize the related development needs.
You know how to make your own leadership development plans.
You know how to structure the societal, social and economic mechanisms of your operating environment and their implications for management.
You know how to lead and promote the well-being of a work community.
You know the main labor law and its importance from the viewpoint of leadership.
You can apply the value systems and ethical principles of your field from the perspective of management and social responsibility.

Content

How has management thinking evolved and what influence does it have today?
What do leadership and management skills mean and how can they be improved?
How can leadership skills, self-management and related development needs be assessed and improved?
What does a leadership development plan consist of and how to prepare it?
What kind of societal, social and economic mechanisms and impacts are associated with management in your operating field?
How to lead and promote the well-being of a work community?
What is the key labor law and what does it mean from the management's point of view?
What are the values and principles in your own field from the viewpoints of management and sustainability?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

06.04.2022 - 22.04.2022

Timing

01.08.2022 - 31.12.2022

Credits

10 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services
Teachers
  • Päivi Lifflander
  • Tarja Turtiainen
  • Kati Vapalahti
  • Maija Vihervirta
  • Johanna Hirvonen
Student groups
  • SJMI22KY
    Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services, master studies

Objective

You can implement a research or development process promoting development in the working world or your own professional field.
With your research or development process, you are able to produce results or outcomes relevant to the working world.

Content

How do you select, justify and apply research-based and practical development methods to solve your research or development task?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

06.04.2022 - 22.04.2022

Timing

01.08.2022 - 31.12.2022

Credits

5 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

3 op

Mode of delivery

40 % Contact teaching, 60 % Distance learning

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services
Teachers
  • Päivi Lifflander
Student groups
  • SJMI22KY
    Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services, master studies

Objective

You can develop and evaluate customer-oriented social and health services and methods in cooperation with different actors. 
You can use foresight data and information in the development of services. 
You can apply quality management methods and processes to the evaluation and development of client-oriented services. 
You can reform and carry out customer-oriented services as part of strategic management.

Content

What does customer orientation mean in the development of services and how do you collect and evaluate this data and information?
How do you use development and evaluation methods in social and health services?
How do you reform and carry out customer-oriented services as part of strategic management?
How do you use foresight data and information in the development of services?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

07.11.2022 - 18.11.2022

Timing

09.01.2023 - 19.05.2023

Credits

5 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

4 op

RD proportion (cr)

2 op

Mode of delivery

20 % Contact teaching, 80 % Distance learning

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services
Teachers
  • Päivi Lifflander
Responsible person

Päivi Lifflander

Student groups
  • SJSA22SY
    Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services, master studies

Objective

You can develop and evaluate customer-oriented social and health services and methods in cooperation with different actors. 
You can use foresight data and information in the development of services. 
You can apply quality management methods and processes to the evaluation and development of client-oriented services. 
You can reform and carry out customer-oriented services as part of strategic management.

Content

What does customer orientation mean in the development of services and how do you collect and evaluate this data and information?
How do you use development and evaluation methods in social and health services?
How do you reform and carry out customer-oriented services as part of strategic management?
How do you use foresight data and information in the development of services?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

07.11.2022 - 18.11.2022

Timing

09.01.2023 - 31.07.2023

Credits

5 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

5 op

Mode of delivery

Distance learning

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 50

Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services
Teachers
  • Tiina Luukkainen
  • Veli-Matti Malinen
Responsible person

Veli-Matti Malinen

Student groups
  • SJMI22KY
    Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services, master studies

Objective

You can recognize the elements of successful interaction and are able to apply them in your own work and in marketing customer-oriented services.
You can evaluate and develop your own skills in oral and written communication both in Finnish and in English.
You can evaluate and develop a multidisciplinary organization's communication and communication in change both in Finnish and in English.
You can evaluate and develop communication in an international work community.

Content

What are the theoretical approaches to and practical tools of communication and interaction and how do you apply them to your work?
How do you evaluate and develop organizational communication?
How do you evaluate your industry and use the Finnish and English language source material for the development of your work?
How do you communicate within an organization and make know-how visible in Finnish and in English?
How do you communicate successfully in negotiation and conflict situations in a work community?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

06.04.2022 - 22.04.2022

Timing

07.09.2022 - 31.12.2022

Credits

5 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

4 op

Mode of delivery

20 % Contact teaching, 80 % Distance learning

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 50

Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services
Teachers
  • Janne Kankaanniemi
Student groups
  • SJMI22KY
    Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services, master studies

Objective

You know the principles of finance in service production from the perspective of the multi-producer model of welfare services.
You are able to marshal your business strategy as part of service production and strategy.
You will be able to prepare and monitor the implementation of the unit’s economic and operational plan. 
You will be able to estimate and develop the unit’s performance from the the point of view of economy, productivity, cost-effectiveness and operational result.  
You know the principles of procurement law.

Content

How are welfare services funded from a multi-producer perspective?
How is the business strategy implemented and ensured as part of the overall strategy for service production?
How do you draw up and monitor the economic and operational plan of the unit?
How do you evaluate and develop your unit’s performance from the point of view of economy, productivity, cost-effectiveness and operational results?
How do you implement a small acquisition tender?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

07.11.2022 - 18.11.2022

Timing

02.01.2023 - 31.07.2023

Credits

5 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

4 op

RD proportion (cr)

2 op

Mode of delivery

20 % Contact teaching, 80 % Distance learning

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services
Teachers
  • STSY1
  • Perttu Noponen
Student groups
  • SJSA22SY
    Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services, master studies

Objective

You know the principles of finance in service production from the perspective of the multi-producer model of welfare services.
You are able to marshal your business strategy as part of service production and strategy.
You will be able to prepare and monitor the implementation of the unit’s economic and operational plan. 
You will be able to estimate and develop the unit’s performance from the the point of view of economy, productivity, cost-effectiveness and operational result.  
You know the principles of procurement law.

Content

How are welfare services funded from a multi-producer perspective?
How is the business strategy implemented and ensured as part of the overall strategy for service production?
How do you draw up and monitor the economic and operational plan of the unit?
How do you evaluate and develop your unit’s performance from the point of view of economy, productivity, cost-effectiveness and operational results?
How do you implement a small acquisition tender?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

15.08.2022 - 04.09.2022

Timing

15.08.2022 - 31.12.2022

Credits

5 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

2 op

RD proportion (cr)

2 op

Mode of delivery

60 % Contact teaching, 40 % Distance learning

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services
Teachers
  • Tarja Turtiainen
  • Tuula Tarhonen
Responsible person

Tarja Turtiainen

Student groups
  • SJSA22SY
    Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services, master studies

Objective

You can describe societal, social and economic mechanisms of social and health care as well as their connections with the changes of welfare and health policy and strategies.
You can apply current health and well-being information to social and health care management and development.
You can justify and analyze the decisions and their ethical implications and possible value conflicts at an individual, community and societal level.
You can monitor and foresee national and international future trends and developments in your professional field.

Content

What is the essential health and welfare data steering policy and service production?
What are the goals and challenges of welfare and health promotion and their connections with the changes and strategies of social and health policy?
What is included in the politico-administrative planning, supervision and decision-making and how is it applied to social and health care management and development?
What is the legal and ethical basis of social and health care and how do you justify and analyze decisions and their ethical implications taking into account the individual, community and society at large as well as possible value conflicts?
What is meant by international social policy and health care in the EU and what are the effects of the policy on service production?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

15.08.2022 - 04.09.2022

Timing

01.08.2022 - 31.12.2022

Credits

5 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

2 op

RD proportion (cr)

1 op

Mode of delivery

60 % Contact teaching, 40 % Distance learning

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services
Teachers
  • Tarja Turtiainen
  • Kati Vapalahti
Responsible person

Tarja Turtiainen

Student groups
  • SJSA22SY
    Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services, master studies

Objective

You become familiar with and can describe concepts related to research-oriented development, processes and approaches.
You can search, analyse and apply relevant research data.
You know different research and development methods and can apply them in research-oriented development in your field.
You know and can apply principles of research ethics and reliability.

Content

What is the process of research-oriented development and what are the approaches behind it?
How do you search information systematically and evaluate the reliability and usefulness of research and development data?
How do you prepare a literature review?
What relevant research-oriented approaches can you apply in social and health care?
What qualitative, quantitative and agile development methods can you use in data collection and analysis in research-oriented development? 
What are the ethical principles and how to take them into account in research-oriented development?
How do you ensure reliability in research-oriented development?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

06.04.2022 - 22.04.2022

Timing

26.09.2022 - 31.12.2022

Credits

5 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

4 op

RD proportion (cr)

2 op

Mode of delivery

20 % Contact teaching, 80 % Distance learning

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services
Teachers
  • Leila Pekonen
  • Tarja Turtiainen
Student groups
  • SJMI22KY
    Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services, master studies

Objective

You will be able to identify the needs for change due to social change in your field.
You will be able to utilize the principles of experimental culture in a renewed operating environment and in your work community.
You will be able to apply the principles of renewing, coaching, information and dream management in the changes of the operating environment and your work community. 
You will be able to utilize individual learning, development and expertise in innovation management.

Content

How will the social and health environment change in the future?
How do you use the principles of experimental culture in a renewed operating environment and work community?
How do you apply the principles of renewing, coaching, knowledge and dream management in change?
What is innovation management and how can you take advantages of its principles?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

07.11.2022 - 18.11.2022

Timing

02.01.2023 - 31.07.2023

Credits

5 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

4 op

RD proportion (cr)

2 op

Mode of delivery

20 % Contact teaching, 80 % Distance learning

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services
Teachers
  • Leila Pekonen
  • Tarja Turtiainen
Responsible person

Tarja Turtiainen

Student groups
  • SJSA22SY
    Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services, master studies

Objective

You will be able to identify the needs for change due to social change in your field.
You will be able to utilize the principles of experimental culture in a renewed operating environment and in your work community.
You will be able to apply the principles of renewing, coaching, information and dream management in the changes of the operating environment and your work community. 
You will be able to utilize individual learning, development and expertise in innovation management.

Content

How will the social and health environment change in the future?
How do you use the principles of experimental culture in a renewed operating environment and work community?
How do you apply the principles of renewing, coaching, knowledge and dream management in change?
What is innovation management and how can you take advantages of its principles?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

07.11.2022 - 18.11.2022

Timing

01.02.2023 - 05.04.2023

Credits

5 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

5 op

Mode of delivery

Distance learning

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 50

Degree programmes
  • Master's Degree Programme in Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services
Teachers
  • Päivi Lifflander
  • Perttu Noponen
Responsible person

Perttu Noponen

Student groups
  • SJMI22KY
    Development and Leadership in Health Care and Social Services, master studies

Objective

You know the importance of feeling, trust and commitment in managing networks. 
You can create the starting points for interaction and partnerships between people and organizations in a genuine dialogue.
You will be able to organize projects that encourage enthusiasm, motivation and commitment of the actors towards a common goal.
You can acquire and evaluate information for managing multichannel customer relationships. 
You will be able to lead partnerships and multicultural partnerships in a entrepreneurial way. 
You will be able to plan and implement marketing in the deepening of customer relationships as part of strategic management.

Content

How do you implement the importance of feeling, trust and commitment in network management?
How do you implement interaction and partnerships between people and organizations in genuine dialogue?
How do you organize projects that encourage enthusiasm, motivation and commitment towards a common goal?
How do you acquire and evaluate information for managing multichannel customer relationships? 
How do you lead partnerships and multicultural partnerships with an entrepreneurial approach?
How do you plan and implement marketing in the deepening of customer relationships as part of strategic management?