We use student-centred teaching methods, and the teaching includes both class-room teaching and online elements. In the class-room students will benefit from the interactive sessions with fellow students and teachers with a multicultural background. Online assignments are designed to help gain a deeper understanding and apply their knowledge. Different assignments also provide training in scientific writing. Studying includes both group work and independent learning.
The curriculum includes both compulsory and elective studies. To plan the track-specific and elective courses, each student creates a personal study plan. This also helps with scheduling and adjusting the work-load over the two-year studies on campus. In their study plans, students can choose courses from a wide selection, including those offered by other departments, university networks (e.g. UNIPID, Finnish University Partnership for International Development) and UEF Summer Schools. The courses offered by the university library and language centre help students improve their general academic skills. An elective internship can also be included in the study plan.
Globe, Culture and Public Health
Globe, Culture and Public Health is one of the four specific tracks in the UEF's Master's Degree Programme in Public Health. It could actually be called Global and Public Health Programme in itself, since the aim of the track is to explore public health in a very broad context. Students will learn to identify health threats from both local, regional, and global perspectives. Health inequalities across the world are specifically highlighted. One part of this mission is to study social and economic forces that shape human health and behavior together with, and beyond, biological factors. Students are also expected to gain understanding of various cultural aspects of public health. It is emphasized how human life is inherently embedded in culture. Public health, and health services as part of it, greatly depend not only on socioeconomic realities, but also on what is taking place in the overall cultural setting. Special emphasis is put on vulnerable populations, humanitarian crises, and global health development, especially in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as outlined by the United Nations. Pandemics is naturally one of the topics in the track. Environmental health is yet another core theme, not forgetting the enormous public health challenges that climate change is creating for all of us. The overall aim of this track is to develop appropriate attitudes and create essential global health knowledge base for students. This in turn would help young public health professionals to engage in the worldwide efforts to tackle public health challenges in the rapidly developing world.
The aim of this track is to provide expertise in reading research reports, carrying out epidemiological analyses, and producing scientific evidence in all areas requiring quantitative methodology. Possible future employers include universities, research organisations and institutions, international health organisations, administrative bodies and the private sector.
The track focuses on developing a sound basis for understanding current epidemiologic research. A broad view of the different branches of epidemiology and emerging trends are emphasized. In addition to offering a major tool for successful public health work, epidemiology is the key to approaching complex health related issues in general.
Public Health Nutrition
The aim of the track is to provide expertise for working on public health nutrition-related research, development and projects. Possible future employers include administrative bodies, organisations, industry, schools and research institutions. Public Health Nutrition is closely related to public health and clinical nutrition, which are among the major subjects taught at the university. Public Health Nutrition focuses on the promotion of good health and the maintenance of well-being through nutrition among the whole population. The prevention of dietary-related illnesses is also emphasised. Students will learn how nutrition promotes well-being in different life stages, and how it affects the risk of chronic diseases, how to plan public health nutrition interventions, and how food and nutrition policies affect food environment and consumption, among other things.
Health Promotion in Nursing Science
The aim of the Health Promotion in Nursing Science track is to provide students with academic competence, and critical evaluation skills, ethical consideration in nursing research in health promotion, and the ability to apply research findings to nursing science, participate in the multidisciplinary national and international research projects, employ evidence-based practice and pursue doctorate-level studies.
This track focuses on the topical questions, theories and practices of health promotion from a nursing science perspective. It leads students to deepen their knowledge about health promotion practices in nursing science, its impact on community care and patient care, and developing health promotion and health service environments. This track is offered by the Department of Nursing Science.
The Master's thesis (30 ECTS) is completed in the chosen track (Epidemiology; Public Health Nutrition; Globe, Culture and Public Health; or Health Promotion in Nursing science). Students will learn to apply the basics of research, and how to be analytical. We offer courses that train students for research throughout their studies in the Master's programme. Students will prepare their thesis under the supervision of teachers and researchers at the Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition and the Department of Nursing Science.