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041201A Basics in eHealth, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 041201A  Validity 01.08.2011 -
Name Basics in eHealth  Abbreviation Basics in eHeal 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Medicine 

Jarmo Reponen 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS cr, 135 hours of work



Language of instruction 


(native Finnish speakers are allowed to compensate the multiple choice exams by participating an essay exam in Finnish)


The main course for students of the (Master´s) degree programmes is held in the spring semester, 3rd period. This course is meant also for exchange students of the Biomedical Engineering programme. 

The special edition course is held for exchange students of the Faculty of Medicine (medicine, health sciences) in the autumn semester, 2nd period. Other students can participate in this course depending on availability of free places (limited number of places).

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course:

The student can define central information and communication technology (ICT) terms and solutions in healthcare, and can list respective applications in healthcare services and training.

The student can evaluate the societal and economic significance of information and communication technology in healthcare

The student can understand the position of e-health and telemedicine solutions as a part of the national health care information system.

The student receives an initial view of future health ICT trends from clinical perspective and possibilities to contribute to these with  his/her professional background


Terms and concepts

-          societal dimensions

-          delivery of health services

-          electronic patient records

-          data transfer within the health care system

-          data transfer between the health care professionals and the citizens

-          citizens providing their own health data, mHealth-solutions

-          national healthcare information exchange in Finland

-          remote consultations, examples like teleradiology, telepsychiatry, telerehabilitation

-          economical and functional assessment

-          remote education in health care

-          future visions of health care information systems

-          changing current topics in connected health like: artificial Intelligence, knowledge based medicine, cybersecurity etc according to availability

-         Most presented examples in the course are based on information system installations in Northern Finland

Mode of delivery 

Web-based teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Interactivity takes place in virtual learning environment Moodle. The course consists of videotaped lectures, power point presentations and links to other material available in the web. Performance of duties includes short essays with peer reviewing, exams and participating in moderated discussions on the grounds of the lectures.

Web lectures 15h / Web exams 40h / Written tasks/ essays 40h* / Self-study and participation in web discussion 40h

 (*Exchange students can relate their essay to the situation in their home countries)

Target group 

MSc and 3rd year BSc students of degree programmes in medical and wellness technology, biomedical engineering, biophysics, physics, and other degree programs; students of medicine and health sciences and everyone who is interested. Please, note the recommended separate course timings for different groups.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 


Recommended optional programme components 

The course is independent and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.


Recommended or required reading 

All recommended or required reading is offered in the Moodle virtual learning environment or in linked web pages.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Web tasks, contribution to moderated discussion, essays and course exams and optional final exam.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


The course utilizes a numerical grading scale 0 – 5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.

Person responsible 

Professor Jarmo Reponen

Course teacher Nina Keränen, MD, MSc

Course teacher Anna Maijala MSc


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
Registration Basics in eHealth autumn 2021  Course  Jarmo Reponen  31.05.22
Registration Basics in eHealth spring 2022  Course  Jarmo Reponen  31.05.22

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