Health Business Management, Master's Program - Helsinki Metropolia UAS
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Health Business Management, Master of Social Services and/or Health Care

Degree: Master of Social Services and/or Health Care
Extent: 90 ECTS
Study places: 30

Next application period:
16 March - 6 April 2016

Application instructions

Master's Programme in Health Business Management is a joint programme customized for social and health care professionals as well as for business and engineering professionals who want to expand their expertise through improved management skills in this very key sector. Eligibility requirements include an appropriate Bachelor's degree and work experience.

What is Health Business Management?

Business managerial competences will be required in social and health care organizations nationally and internationally in the future. Ageing of population in many societies will challenge health care systems and processes to produce health care services in more efficient ways. Digitalization of customer relationship management and services is a major change and driver for new services and processes. Health business is a major global business opportunity driving future growth and national prosperity.

The emphasize of the programme is in customer and in service business orientation and it has a multidisciplinary approach into business management. The programme provides a wide perspective to service business, competencies for team and project leadership and advancement in management skills. All studies are linked to health or social care organizations.

The HBM Master’s students will be offered an environment to practice and enhance their international and communication skills in a very multicultural group of peers, staff and faculty. Lectures, seminars, workshops as well as learning materials and outputs are all in English.

Programme content

The Master's Degree Programme in Health Business Management consists of advanced professional studies (30 ECTS), alternative advanced professional studies (20 ECTS from a set of choices), elective studies (10 ECTS) and Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS). Students will gain a deep understanding of best practices for the health and social business concerning:

  • Health Business Economics and Business Models
  • Strategy, Management and Leadership
  • Service Innovations and Design
  • Quality and Safety Management

Alternative advanced studies can be picked from a set of choices, related to sustainable leadership, customer relations, or management accounting, all linked to health and social care organizations.

Sufficient RDI competence is provided at an early stage of the studies, as it is needed in planning and implementing a thesis development project in a real life business context, typically as an assignment from his or her own employer organization. The Master’s Thesis process starts early enough so that measurable changes or improvements can be identified.

Contact sessions are arranged in 3-4 days per month. When studying on a part-time basis, this degree can be obtained in 1,5 or 2 years.

Master's Degree in Health Business Management qualifies for team and project leadership in health care services business and advancement towards management positions in private or public sector.


Applications shall be submitted online through a national system of joint application at / The Master's programme in Health Business Management is using a pre-assignment, which must be delivered to the entrance examination (in Helsinki).

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