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The Master's degree programme in

Global Health Care

The programme, which has a clear focus on leadership and management, offers you a solid overview of global health problems, ranging from tropical diseases to HIV and AIDS.


Master of Health Care




1,5 years



Language profile


The Degree Programme in Global Health Care is taught in English

Tuition Fees

Please note that applicants from countries outside the European Union/EEA-area are required to pay tuition fees. This master’s degree programme, consisting of 90 ECTS, costs 11 000€.  Applicants that accept their study place within two weeks after receiving their study place offer, get an early-bird discount  worth 4 000€ for the first academic year.

In case a student is unable to complete the degree within the given study time, the student needs to pay 4 000€ per each extra semester until the degree is completed.

No scholarships are offered for master level studies.


You can familiarize yourself with the current curriculum and courses below, but keep in mind that changes might be made for the next academic year.

More detailed information about the degree programme can also be found at Arcada’s digital study guide

Are you interested in global health and specifically in questions regarding crises preparedness and management? Are you a health care professional looking to widen your horizons and make a difference through national and international crisis management initiatives?

This degree programme is aimed at you who wish to develop your skills and competences to be able to act in training, leading and developing positions in the field of disaster management and preparedness. It is designed to respond to the challenges faced by people on planet Earth due to climate change, rapid population growth, threats of terrorism, industrial development, and rural and urban development trends as experienced in both North and South countries. 

The programme, which has a clear focus on leadership and management, 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. 

The degree can be completed in 1,5 years as full-time studies or 2,5 years as part-time studies. The studies will mainly be implemented as virtual studies by using modern learning technology. Lectures, coaching and assignments are handled on-line.

The programme is aimed at candidates with a suitable bachelor’s degree in nursing or related health sciences, such as midwifery, occupational therapy, public health nursing, physiotherapy, paramedics or social services.

Please note that master students are not entitled to study-related social benefits such as discount tickets for HSL, VR or Matkahuolto unless you are a member of the student union ASK. However, the Kela Meal Subsidy Card is granted to all degree students. More detailed information about these discounts is found in Arcada's study guide.

Apply to this programme

Apply to the master's degree programme

Next application period in spring 2020

10 study places.

Application closed

Additional education offers

Master's level courses

Arcada offers open courses at a master's level.  Read more

Specialisation studies

Arcada offers small and versatile education packages called specialisation studies. These studies often consist of 3-6 courses bundled together. Read more


In short

What you will learn

  • Evidence based Global Health, ethics and values
  • Global health research and development
  • Global health policies and actors
  • Incident and Emergency Condition work
  • Leadership

Examples of future positions

You are qualified to work with managerial tasks in organisations, governmental agencies and NGOs on a local, national and international level.

First class healthcare education

Connect both virtually and in person

Even though the studies mainly are implemented as virtual studies, 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.

A joint degree programme

Global Health Care is a joint degree programme, which Arcada offers together with the University of Eastern Africa Baraton (in Kenya) and the Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (in Finland).

The Department of Healthcare

The Department of Healthcare is one of the largest department at Arcada with over 700 students in emergency care and healthcare and is characterized by quality and vast experience.

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.

Pamela Gray

Degree Programme Director

+358 207 699 575

Maria Forss

Head of Department

+ 358 207 699 471