Special features of the North, such as physical environment, social circumstances, linguistic and cultural aspects, and peripheral location, place specific demands on the delivery of health care and wellbeing services.

MCH is an international two-year Master's Degree program of 120 ECTS (60 North American credit hours) concentrating on the special features, questions, and challenges related to health and wellbeing in the circumpolar area. The program is open for students holding a Bachelor's degree in the fields of health, social, or related sciences. In addition, the applicants must have sufficient English language proficiency, proved by a standardized English language test (TOEFL, IELTS etc.).

MCH is established and managed in collaboration with the University of Oulu (Finland), University of Southern Denmark (Denmark), Lulea University of Technology (Sweden), Northern State Medical University (Russia), Pomor State University (Russia), University of Lapland (Finland), and University of Manitoba (Canada). The program is coordinated by the Centre for Arctic medicine at Thule Institute, University of Oulu.

The program consists of a compulsory on-line course package, elective on-line and on-site studies, an exchange period, and a Master's Thesis.
The curriculum outline enables MCH students to complete a substantial amount of their studies by distance learning. Graduates of MCH will be awarded a Master's Degree in Health Sciences from the University of Oulu. Graduates are able to work as independent professionals in the multi-professional field of health and wellbeing (e.g. - administrative and managerial positions within health care services, and in health promotion, education, development, planning, and research).

The application deadline is 31 March 2010.

Studies start in January 2011.

For further information about the program and application, please go to:

Or contact:
Hannele Savela
Email: Hannele.Savela@oulu.fi