Continuing education on Case management

Professionals working in social and health care, need strong case management skills. These skills are  needed to meet the changing needs of the population and to coordinate the work by professionals. University of Turku, Department of Nursing Science provides continuous education on Case management.

Case management (30 ects) is a high-quality continuing education program for  social and health care professionals. The language of the program is Finnish.

Conducting the education: multiform, mainly online based learning, including online lectures in web-based learning environment, independent studying, various course assignments, one contact day per semester.


  • Module 1: Introduction to Case management 1 ECTS
  • Module 2: Case management and transformation of health- and social services 3 ECTS
  • Module 3: Models of Case management 3 ECTS
  • Module 4: Patient- and client-centered Case mangement 3 ECTS
  • Module 5: Service Design for the patients and clients 3 ECTS
  • Module 6: Digitalization and Case management 3 ECTS
  • Module 7: Case management and evaluation of effectiveness 3 ECTS
  • Module 8: Special groups and Case management 3 ECTS
  • Module 9: Resilience, culture and environment in Case management 3 ECTS
  • Module 10: Seminar for the Case management 5 ECTS

Program leader: Professor Sanna Salanterä
Teacher in charge: RN, PhD Anni Pakarinen
Coodinator: RN, BHSc Reetta Mustonen

Link for the homepage (in Finnish)

Continuing education on Pain management nursing

University of Turku, Department of Nursing Science provides continuing education on Pain Management Nursing (30 ECTS) in collaboration with Finnish Association for the Study of Pain, Nursing section.

Conducting the education:  multiform, mainly online based learning, including online lectures in web-based learning environment, independent studying, various course assignments (individual and group assignments), two contact days per semester (in Turku or Helsinki)


  • Orientation module
  • Module 1. Fundamentals of pain management nursing 5 ECTS
  • Module 2. Pain management nursing and various types of pain 5 ECTS
  • Module 3. Scope of pain management nursing 5 ECTS
  • Module 4. Assessing and measuring pain 5 ECTS
  • Module 5. Choosing and implementing nursing interventions in managing patients’ pain 5 ECTS
  • Module 6. Implementing pharmacological interventions in pain management 5ECTS

Pain Management Nursing (30 ECTS) is a high-quality continuing education program for Registered Nurses and it is conducted during three semesters from September 2019 until December 2020. The current program is the second consecutive continuing education program on pain management nursing. The language of the program is Finnish.

Program leader: Professor Sanna Salanterä
Teacher in charge: PT, PhD candidate Riitta Mieronkoski
Coordinator: RN, BHSc Reetta Mustonen

Continuing education on Pediatric intensive care

The continuing education on pediatric intensive care is organized in co-operation between the University of Turku, Turku University hospital and Turku University of Applied Sciences. The education includes 30 ECTS and takes 3 semesters. The education program is targeted for the nurses working currently in the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in the Turku university hospital. The aim is to deepen the skills of the pediatric nurses in critically ill children nursing care on a large scale. The students develop their skills in an evidence-based, effective, safe, ethically sustainable and economical nursing care for critically ill children and have expertise in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the care. The education is implemented in contact and on-line teaching and in clinical practice. The education started in September 2020 and has 15 students.

Design thinking in Health technology

NordPlus funded educational project, Design thinking in health technology education – Design Future Health – Great, is coordinated In collaboration with Nordic and Baltic universities. Project aims to introduce and use Design Thinking (DT) in the development of learning and learning environments to promote a new culture of innovative thinking and to apply it in health technology education. Project initiates a completely novel culture inspired Stanford Design Thinking Model by creating own educational material and organizing own training courses and events in Design thinking.

GREAT- Courses and Events are organized by a network of five Nordic and Baltic Higher Educational Institutions – the Universities of Oslo, South-Eastern Norway, Tartu, Turku, Åbo Akademi and the Centre for Digital Life Norway. The University of Turku is in coordinating charge for the courses and events.

Design Thinking in Healthcare Innovation – Online Course (2 ETCS) organized in May 2021. During the Online course, students get a basic understanding in Design Thinking as they work in multidisciplinary teams and use collective thinking and DT approach in solving real-life healthcare problems.

Design Thinking- Intensive Course (5 ECTS) organized in January 2022. Intensive course provides opportunities for students to apply the essential things they have learned from the Online Course as they innovate solutions for actual healthcare challenges from various university hospitals and healthcare institutions.

GREAT- Design Thinking Events are open for people interested in design thinking. First DT Event: Emphatizing Workshop is organized on 28th of May 2021 at 12 pm (CET). The event is open for the students, researchers, teachers and other staff members from the GREAT networking Nordic and Baltic Higher Educational Institutions. Enrolment starts on May.

Find out more on our GREAT project from the webpage:

Contact: Anni Pakarinen,, the Chair  of the GREAT network



Implementation research

A course called Digital health interventions and their implementation (4 ECTS) will be organized in June 16-18, 2021 at the Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku. The purpose of the course is to gain knowledge and deepen understanding on digital health intervention research methodology and the implementation process of these interventions. The course is consisted of two lecture days and a seminar day, and targeted to doctoral candidates.

After the course the doctoral candidate should have a deeper understanding on digital health intervention research methodology as well as study methods and tools to be used in the development, evaluation and the implementation of digital health interventions. The course will provide knowledge on special questions concerning digital health interventions and their implementation; thus, the course participants will have more courage in studying digital health interventions.

More information will be updated in postgraduate studies

Course leaders:
Professor Sanna Salanterä, University of Turku
Associate Professor Anna Axelin, University of Turku

Interprofessional Simulation Education in Africa (ISEA)

The Finnish National Agency for Education funds the ISEA project as part of the Team Finland Knowledge (TFK) funding program. ISEA is coordinated in collaboration with seven universities: two from Finland (University of Turku and University of Tampere) and five from Africa (University of the Western Cape, University of Namibia, Welwichia Health Training Centre, Namibia, NIMR-Mbeya Medical Research Centre, Tanzania). and University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda). The University of Turku is leading and coordinating this collaborative project. However, all partner universities will participate in developing joint online courses, selection of cases for simulation, online courses, workshops, staff mobility and dissemination of the events.

This project aims to innovate and implement emergency simulation pedagogy training applicable in Africa in cooperation with African higher education institutions. With the help of innovative simulation pedagogy training, medical and nursing educators will be trained to teach more students independently in their own facilities. This project will bring together the expertise of each university to create an environment for quality training in simulation pedagogy through virtual collaborative teaching activities, staff mobility and hands-on simulation sessions of medical and nursing educators. It will also strengthen the existing educational cooperation with the four African countries (South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania and Rwanda) through the MAENDELEO and AFFEN projects. The MAENDELEO and AFFEN projects are funded by the Finland-Africa Platform for Innovation Seed-Finding..

During the implementation period, the project will have four main activities: joint course design, virtual teaching, staff mobility and Hands-on training. Upon completion of the simulation training, participants are expected to:

  • Have a reasonable knowledge of low and high-fidelity medical and nursing simulation principles for various emergencies.
  • Understand the current and future technologies relevant to medical and nursing simulation education.
  • Describe and apply the principle of simulation pedagogy, including preliminary discussion, facilitation, implementation, and debriding.
  • Have sufficient knowledge and skills to develop, conduct and discuss emergency simulation cases for medical and nursing professionals.

Program leader:  Sanna Salanterä

Members of the team:  Jussi Mertsola, Olli Vainio, and Desale Tewelde Kahsay

Maendeleo project

The Maendeleo project is organised in collaboration with one University from Finland (University of Turku) and two Universities from Africa (the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and Moi University, Kenya). The University of Turku is responsible for funding applications, course arrangements and implementation.

The Maendeleo project is funded by internal seed funding of the Department of Education and Culture’s Global Pilots International Program for 2022-2023 through the Finland-Africa Platform for Innovation (FAPI, SDG 9).

The overall goal of this project is to build a sustainable partnership with the participating universities and learn the co-development of healthcare devices with a particular focus on CPR, using design thinking as a methodology and the ResuGloves innovation as a case example. The co-created online course called Health Innovations – From Ideas to Impact in Device Development is 2 ECTS and enrolled students from multiple disciplines, including medicine, nursing, technology, engineering and more. The primary objectives of the online course are.

  • To introduce learners to the current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidelines, the science behind CPR, and possible future innovations in the field of CPR.
  • To introduce the basic concept of health device development and the key stages involved in the development process.
  • Provide learners with an understanding of the importance of transdisciplinary innovation in health and technology, focusing on health device development for CPR.
  • Introduce learners to the basic concept of design thinking and how its principles and techniques can be used to generate creative ideas and solutions to solve complex health-related problems, focusing on developing health devices for CPR.

The course is delivered online and consists of synchronous and asynchronous learning sessions. Synchronous learning sessions are organised in Zoom. Moodle is used as a course platform for all course communication and material delivery. Learning will be delivered via online contact teaching and prerecorded lectures. Students will also be required to read mandatory and recommended materials posted by the lecturers and course coordinators. In addition, they are assigned to groups and are required to complete interactive group class tasks and assignments.

Program leader:  Sanna Salanterä

Coordinators from the University of Turku:  Desale .T. Kahsay and Maiju Kuusniemi

Coordinators from Moi University, Kenya: Kituyi Protas Werunga

Coordinator from University of Western Cape, South Africa: Jennifer Chipps