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The goal of wellbeing services is to promote people’s quality of life, health and ability to work. The demand for wellbeing services is increasing, which has created the need to be able to assess the suitability and effectiveness of different services in various situations and for different target groups.
Physical exercise and health have an important role in people’s functional capacity. With the help of technology, it is easier than before to measure and assess the effectiveness of wellbeing. Measuring produces data that helps to create new services that support wellbeing, health, and functional capacity, together with new business opportunities. In order to meet this demand, the Degree Programme in Wellbeing Management was established.
The Degree Programme in Wellbeing Management provides skills for measuring wellbeing and health with the help of state-of-the-art technology. You learn how to use this information in developing and producing services for wellbeing. The studies combine this information with business topics.
Commercial and business aspects are essential in the Wellbeing Management studies. You learn how to utilize wellbeing and health promoting technology in business environment. The studies provide you with a solid basis for becoming an entrepreneur or working in expert position after graduation.
After your graduation, you will be able to:
The studies are implemented in close cooperation with companies and they include projects commissioned by companies. This creates networks that will be beneficial after your graduation.
The courses mostly involve online learning. You only need to spend the second year of studies in Mikkeli, Finland.
Wellbeing Management studies can be completed either in Finnish or in English. All courses are taught fully bilingually, so you can study in either language. If you are interested, you can take some individual courses in English or in Finnish. The bilingual implementation of the degree programme gives you the opportunity to flexibly improve your language skills as the studies progress.
During the first year, the study environment is Xamk’s versatile online environment, in which you study under the lecturer’s guidance.
During the second year, you study on Mikkeli campus and at Saimaa Stadiumi. Mikkeli is located approximately 2.5 hours north from the Finnish capital Helsinki. Saimaa Stadiumi is situated in the middle of beautiful Finnish nature in Mikkeli, in an area that offers a great opportunity to combine sports, experiences, and wellbeing. The unique Active Life Lab premises at Saimaa Stadiumi will be utilized in your studies.
Active Life Lab is a leading research and development centre of wellbeing services operating a new and inspiring study environment designed specifically for group work and commissioned assignments.
The third year studies include practical projects in producing services and events. You also become familiar with the management of wellbeing services and business operations. The practical training period (30 ECTS credits) takes one term. The bachelor’s thesis covers 15 ECTS credits.
Active Life Lab | Entrepreneurship | Health Promotion | Technologies of Wellbeing | Wellbeing Management
Active Life Lab at Saimaa Stadiumi, in Mikkeli will be an important part of your studies. In Saimaa Stadiumi area you can for example play ice-hockey and football, ice-skate and ski, and do orienteering or track & field sports there, together with many options of indoor games.
Active Life Lab
The studies consist of core and complementary competence courses. All the students take the same core competence courses which include the basics of the profession and degree. Complementary competence courses include courses that you choose based on your own interest either in your own or other fields.
The structure of studies:
Core competence study modules:
The practical training period (30 ECTS credits) takes one term. The bachelor’s thesis covers 15 ECTS credits.
The aim is to gain 30 ECTS credits every term.
The first year of studies is arranged entirely online, making you familiar with the concepts of wellbeing, the operational environment of wellbeing services, and the management of wellbeing data. The studies also involve different areas of business operations, and the marketing and sales of wellbeing services.
The second year consists of full–time studies at Saimaa Stadiumi in Mikkeli and, specifically, in the Active Life Lab study environment. The studies are mainly arranged from Monday to Thursday. During the second year you learn more about the effectiveness of wellbeing services, the development of user-driven services, and the operation of data-based business. In addition, you become familiar with international business operations, project work and the methods of research and development.
The third–year studies can be completed flexibly, fully online. During this last year of study, you can choose to complete your practical training and write your thesis either in Mikkeli or in another location anywhere in the world, provided that it suits you and meets the objectives of the Wellbeing Management Degree Programme.
The practical training always includes working in an expert position in the wellbeing field, and the professional networks built during your studies will help you find a suitable practical training place. In addition, the thesis should also be commissioned by a company, organization or some other non-profit party involved with the wellbeing environment. When deciding the topic for your thesis, you can utilize the practical training commissioning company, and the RDI knowledge and skills you have gained during your second–year studies.
Xamk has extensive partner networks all around the world and our international experts will help you find suitable practical training or international exchange options in case you wish to go abroad as part of your studies at Xamk.
According to Xamk’s BYOD policy, students must bring and use their own devices on campus. More information is available on Xamk website.
The need for wellbeing services is increasing all the time, and there is also an increasing demand for service providers.
Good communication and interaction skills are essential in producing wellbeing services, together with understanding the possibilities of promoting wellbeing, customer-oriented thinking and an entrepreneurial attitude.
As a BBA in Wellbeing Management, your career opportunities may include the following fields:
After graduation, this international bachelor’s degree offers you interesting job opportunities all over the world.
Professional positions include the following:
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