Master's Program in Health Business Management is a joint program customized for social and healthcare 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.

Health Business Management in a nutshell

Business managerial competencies will be required in social and health care organizations nationally and internationally in the future. Ageing of the 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 program is to customer and in service business orientation and it has a multidisciplinary approach to business management. The program provides a wide perspective on 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.


The Master's Degree Program in Health Business Management consists of advanced professional studies (25 ECTS), elective studies (5 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

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 is a fundamental part of the program and it 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 or 1,5 years.

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


Applications shall be submitted online through a national system of a joint application at /

General Application Instructions


Per each degree program, it is agreed that 50% of the applicants coming outside EU / EEA countries, having the most successful results in the entrance examination, will receive a full exemption from the tuition fee in the first academic year.

During the 2.-4. academic years, a scholarship covering 75% of the yearly tuition fee will be granted provided that the student has accrued:

  • a minimum of 55 credits (ECTS) during the previous academic year (ending on 31st July ) in a Bachelor degree program
  • a minimum of 20 credits (ECTS) during the previous semester (autumn semester ending 31.12. and spring semester ending 31.7.) in a Master degree program

In years 2-4, the remaining 25% of a student’s tuition fee may be waived if the school determines that it is justified based on social, health, or other reasons.


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Aug. 2019
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- 0 € or 12000 €/year for non-EU/EEA students
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