Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge of mental health. Furthermore, the aim is to get an understanding of the factors that make a health promoting caring fellowship possible. The students get basic knowledge of dementia, as well as of symptoms and care of people who are suffering from dementia. The focus is on mental health of older people.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to
- understand the meaning of mental health care and the basic principals of it
- understand the effects dementia has on people's behaviour
- understand the complexity of dementia care.

Course contents

-knowledge of the self
-mental health
-dementia and dementia care
-basic knowledge of mental health care

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Recommended or required reading

Rawlins R., Williams S., Beck C. 1993 Mental Health- Psychiatric Nursing a holistic life-cycle approach. Mosby
Silverstein N., Maslow K., Tangalos E., 2005 Improving Hospital Care for Persons with Dementia. Spring Pub Co

Study activities

  • Lectures - 64 hours
  • Tuition managed by students but supervised by the teacher - 8 hours
  • Individual studies - 60 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 132 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 60 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 72 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods



Savolainen Jari


Savolainen Jari

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Course completion date

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