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Master’s Degree Programme in Integration of Rehabilitation and Exercise

Master of Health Care

Degree title:
Master of Health Care
Master of Health Care
Master of Health Care
Master of Social Services and Health Care
Master of Social Services
Master of Health Care

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Key learning outcomes

In the Master’s Degree Programme in Integration of Rehabilitation and Exercise, you will acquire competence to innovate, design, implement and manage user- and needs-based services on the interfaces between rehabilitation and physical activity. Through the studies, you will become familiar with the strong research evidence on the benefits of exercise and physical activity in maintaining and promoting health and functional capacity, preventing and recovering from illnesses as well as rehabilitation. Key themes of the studies include promoting the well-being of children, young people and the elderly in a sustainable manner, responsible development of user-oriented rehabilitation and sports services, and digital competence in the rehabilitation and sports sector. The programme also focuses on the role of the environment in supporting physical activity and functional capacity as well as the themes of learning and teaching.

Education content and professional growth and know-how

The scope of the degree programme is 90 ECTS credits. The programme consists of studies to enhance your expertise in rehabilitation and physical activity (60 cr), complementary leadership and development studies (15 cr) and elective studies (15 cr). Half of the expertise-enhancing studies (30 cr) are implemented by the university of applied sciences network for the integration of rehabilitation and physical activity. The studies also include a thesis with the aim of solving a work-life development issue by applying research information and your own expertise. The studies follow a personal study path, which you will plan with the help of a career tutor.

Flexible studies

Studying in the degree programme is online-oriented with webinars, seminars, online lectures, workshops as well as independent and group assignments.

You can choose your alternative or elective studies from EduFutura partner institutions (University of Jyväskylä and Gradia) and international studies from European EUDRES higher education institutions. You can also choose from Finnish and foreign partner universities, such as other universities of applied sciences and universities. You can apply for accreditation of higher education studies that you have completed elsewhere.

Throughout the studies, your career tutors and course teachers will guide and support you in the planning and progress of your studies.

Working life oriented learning

Learning and development tasks related to the studies are integrated into working life. Many work community development tasks can be brought in for planning, developing and solving as learning assignments. Through active interaction, the competence and expertise of team members is utilised in learning for the benefit of the entire team. 

Your thesis is a research-based development task or applied research in the field of rehabilitation and physical activity. It allows you to develop your competence and take your career goals in the desired direction. The thesis may be a research and development project that develops the activities of your work community or your own company by producing new insights and solutions. The thesis may also focus on something other than your current activities, allowing you to build up competence in a new field and strengthen your expertise in new work tasks. In addition, you may complete your thesis as part of Jamk's research and development projects. 

Career opportunities and employment

The degree provides you with eligibility for public positions or other positions that require a master's degree. 

Graduates of the master's degree programmes in health care and social services have found employment in various expert, supervisor, development, management and coordination tasks in public, private and third-sector organisations in the health care and social services sector and as project managers and experts in development projects. After graduating, you also possess the skills needed to work as an entrepreneur.


There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.

Further studies

You may, after graduating, apply for postgraduate studies at universities or studies at the School of Professional Teacher Education. You can also continue your studies by applying for corresponding further education programmes in foreign higher education institutions, such as EUDRES higher education institutions. The university of applied sciences offers opportunities for competence development in various institutes, such as the open university of applied sciences, specialisation training and work-oriented continuing education.

Education planning

The preparation of the curriculum has taken into account the views of working life representatives in the rehabilitation and sports sector, higher education experts, alumni and students as well as materials related to anticipating competence needs. The education is also developed based on continuous feedback from students in the world of work. The planning of the degree programme has taken into account the views of national and international partners and networks on the development of competence. The network implementation has been planned in cooperation with six universities of applied sciences, each of which offers a 5 ECTS credit course as part of the core study module. The new competence and development needs of wellbeing services counties have also been considered in the planning.

Contact Information

Sanna Sihvonen
Principal Lecturer, Institute of Rehabilitation

Master`s Degree Programme in Integration of Rehabilitation and Exercise