Department of Health and Welfare

The Department of Health and Welfare is the largest department at Arcada with over 1100 students and somewhat fifty teachers and researchers in emergency care, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing, sports and social services.

The department educates experts in sports, social and health care and is characterized by quality and extensive experience.

Research and Development – Already during your studies?

When it comes to research and development we are particularly interested in patient safety, health promotion and social inclusion. Students often participate in research and development projects – by working with teachers and researchers you gain invaluable hands-on knowledge already during your study time.

Within the area of patient safety our department is a forerunner in simulation pedagogics, IT-based medicine competence, and in the prevention of risks in care regarding human factors. Health promotion is another area of focus where Arcada has a solid competence and the department focuses its RDI activities in this field on preventing impaired work capacity and extending working careers. Within the research area of social involvement, the department focuses on social capital and service development (mental health, child care and elderly care).

Arcada is in a close co-operation with, among others, municipalities, Folkhälsan, Helsinki and Uusimaa’s hospital district, and many universities such as Helsinki University, Riga University and the UAS in Stavanger, Halmstad and Mälardalen.

Studying or practicing abroad?

To study or practice abroad is enriching for you as a student on both a professional and personal level. The experiences gained opens new doors and opportunities. Students at Arcada have different options when it comes to going abroad and conducting part of their studies overseas. As a student in health and welfare you can study at universities in e.g. Spain, Canada and Denmark. The practical training is important both for your personal development and your CV. By doing your practical training abroad you show your future employers that you are not afraid of stepping outside your comfort zone in order to obtain new experiences.

Support and advice in questions related to your studies

Do you have any questions about your studies? Interested in studying abroad or participating in research, development and innovation projects? If so, contact amanuensis Maria Enoksson or Andrea Nevalainen. Degree Programme Directors Carina Kiukas (Social Services, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Sports and Health Promotion) and Eivor Wallinvirta (Emergency Care, Midwifery, Nursing, Public Health) will also help you with any questions about your studies. Your teachers and your teacher tutor can also help you in questions related to your studies. You can also always contact your student tutor or Student Services in C3. 

Quality council

Each department has a quality council which is appointed by and reports to the heads of each department. The quality councils have replaced the former department councils and are responsible for quality monitoring regarding teaching, research and the community impact of the department. The councils' duties include the organisation of the quality monitoring of the departments and to compile reports on how the quality work is developed.

Quality councils consist of five people. Two are chosen from among each department's teaching and research staff, two from the students of the department and each department's amanuensis. The council's mandate period is two academic years.

The head of department appoints student members after consulting the student union. A staff member serves as the chairperson of the council.

The composition of the quality council for the Department of Health and Welfare

  • Chairperson: Principal Lecturer Ira Jeglinsky

Other members:

  • Principal Lecturer Heikki Paakkonen (deputy: Principal Lecturer Åsa Rosengren)
  • Senior Lecturer Marko Vaappo (deputy: Senior Lecturer Anu Grönlund)
  • Student: Hanna Lindholm (deputy: Jenny Tabermann)
  • Student: Pia Bengts (deputy: Petra Zarbock)
  • Amanuensis: Maria Enoksson
  • Amanuensis: Andrea Nevalainen

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