Dean's Greeting

Welcome to the School of Health Care and Social Work


Taina_Viiala.jpgThe School of Health Care and Social Work offers qualified higher education, research and development as well as regional cooperation in the health and social field in Southern Ostrobotnia. Excellent learning environments are created by our staff and working life partners. Furthermore, the strategy of our University of Applied Sciences focuses to the student-centered learning methods and activities. We train our students to meet the challenges of the future. Our study programmes are characterised by research-oriented teaching and learning, networking and utilisation of new well-being technology. Strengthening our internationalisation is one of the most important goals in the nearest future.

All the degree programmes offer qualified professional studies and practical training in English to the international students of our partner universities. A full nursing degree programme in English was started in 2009. Our students also have the possibility to study abroad in a number of countries around the world.

During the studies, theory and practice are effectively integrated by various pedagogical methods. The students co-operate with work-life organisations during different projects, practical training and thesis work.

At the School of Health Care and Social Work we are very proud of a great variety of research and development activities, often carried out in cooperation with the surrounding municipalities, health and social organisations and other educational institutions. Many of the activities are of national and international importance. Examples of our R&D projects involve the development of new interventions to promote the health and welfare of individuals and their families, and the encouragement of entrepreneurship in the health and social field.

We do our very best to offer an encouraging and supportive learning environment for foreign as well as domestic students. Please feel free to learn more about us from these webpages and to contact our staff if you have questions.

I wish you the very best success in your studies. Welcome to Seinäjoki and to our team at School of Health Care and Social Work. Hope to meet you soon!

Taina Viiala
Dean
M.Sc., MHPE, PhD. (cand.)


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