Global Health Care, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
Are you interested in global health and specifically in questions regarding crises preparedness and management? Are you already working in this field and looking to gain new competences and take on new responsibilities? Are you a health care professional looking to widen your horizons and make a difference through national and international crisis management initiatives? If so, Arcada University of Applied Sciences’s new and exciting Master’s Degree Programme in Global Health Care might be exactly what you are looking for!


The degree programme is aimed at students who wish to develop their skills and competences to be able to act in training, leading and developing positions in the field of disaster management and preparedness.

The programme, which has a clear focus on leadership and management, not only offers you a solid overview of global health problems, ranging from tropical diseases to HIV and AIDS. As a graduate you are also qualified for key positions in emergency and disaster management both at home and abroad, and you will be well versed in advanced research and innovation in regards to this field.Our graduates will be trained in four professional competence areas including:- Evidence based Global Health, ethics and values- Global health research and development- Global health policies and actors- Incident and Emergency Condition work

A modern education
Global Health Care is a joint degree programme, which Arcada University of Applied Sciences offers together with the University of Eastern Africa Baraton (in Kenya) and the Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (in Finland).The studies will mainly be implemented as virtual studies by using modern learning technology. Lectures, coaching and assignments are handled on-line, which means that this is a fantastic opportunity to study while working. There are also scheduled learning symposiums and seminars where you will meet your fellow teachers and students in person (the programme begins with intensive learning symposium in Kenya, for example). For students unable to attend these gatherings, virtual alternatives will be offered.

Programme Structure

The first semester offers a common ground in the foundations of global health, research methods and global health needs in terms of global health problems, such as tropical diseases, HIV and AIDS. During the second semester, students are introduced to advanced methods of research and innovation. During the third semester, students acquire skills for emergency and disaster management. Students have the possibility to study 5 ECTS credits’ worth of elective and applied studies provided by partner universities or other relevant higher education institutions, including virtual studies.

  • Fundamentals of global health, introductory course
  • Basic epidemiology and health situation in a globalizing world
  • HIV/AIDS prevention and management
  • Emergency, disaster Preparedness and management
  • Global health policies and actors on the global arena
  • Crises, globalization and health care
  • Administration, management, leadership and professional development
  • Global health ethics and values

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 18 months

      1,5–2,5 years (part-time studies)

  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

  • A suitable Bachelor's degree in the following health care fields:
Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Public Health Nursing, Physiotherapy, Paramedics, Clinical Medicine, Public Health, and
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience gained after the completion of the higher education degree (Bachelor’s degree).
Participation in the entrance exams

Selection of students is partly based on an entrance exam. Thus all applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be invited to take part in an entrance exam.

The entrance exam consists of two parts:

1. Material-based written exam measuring academic skills and understanding of the content of the material and programme.
  • This part is based on the written materials available on the exam. There is no pre-reading material.
2. Interview
  • The interview can be arranged as an individual, pair or group interview.
Applicants will be assessed on the content of the answers and the quality of the oral and written skills in the English language. More information on the entrance exam will be given in the invitation letter sent to eligible applicants.

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

The work experience required of applicants to the degree programmes will be counted from the degree awarding day onwards, and needs to be proven by a work certificate. Work experience gained before or during bachelor-level studies can not be counted towards the work experience minimum requirement. Exception is only made for applicants who have completed a Finnish vocational college diploma or higher vocational diploma (opisto- tai ammatillisen korkea-asteen tutkinto) before the completion of their higher education degree, as they may also take into account work experience gained before the higher education degree. Work experience can be counted uptil 31 July 2016.

Part-time work is converted to full-time work in such a way that 150 hours or 20 full-time working days (a minimum of 7 hours per day) are equal to a month. The work experience does not have to be continuous or from the same employer. Practical training or on-the-job learning is not counted as work experience if it forms a part of the degree used for applying.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 9000 International
  • Free EU/EEA

A master’s degree programme (60–90 ECTS credits) at Arcada costs 9,000 euro the first academic year (4,500 euro/semester) and then 2,000 euro/semester thereafter.


StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.