Health and Wellbeing in the Circumpolar Area

MCH focuses on the specific features, questions and challenges related to the health and wellbeing in the circumpolar area. The programme is established and managed by a network of international partner universities (University of Oulu, Finland; Center for Health Education, Greenland; Luleå University of Technology, Sweden; Northern State Medical University, Russia; Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Russia; University of Lapland, Finland; and University of Manitoba, Canada.


The programme has been developed under the auspices of University of Arctic’s Thematic Network "Health and Well-being in the Arctic" and Barents Cross Border University. MCH curriculum outline consists of intermediate studies (60 ECTS) and advanced studies (60 ECTS), including compulsory on-line and on-site courses, optional courses (25 ECTS, e.g. on-line courses, on-site courses, field placement), and a Master’s thesis. Compulsory courses are organized by the MCH partner universities. Optional courses enable students to focus their studies according their personal study plan (PSP) at the beginning of studies, and it will be updated regularly. MCH core contents are: (1) characteristics of living in the North (environment, economics, social structures, cultural transitions), (2) special characteristics and needs of people living in the circumpolar region in relation to health and wellbeing, illnesses, health promotion and prevention, health care, and rehabilitation, (3) specific features of health care systems and services in the circumpolar region, and (4) a holistic view to the connections between the northern environment and human health and wellbeing.

Program details

UArctic endorsedUArctic Endorsed
Academic level(s)Master
CountryFinland
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity of Oulu
Fields of studyBasic/broad, general programmes
Tagscircumpolarhealth
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