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MScCare & Technology

Saxion University of Applied Sciences
Netherlands, Deventer & Enschede
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The European Master Care and Technology is a two-year program for professionals in health care provision and technology. It provides students with the theoretical ability and hands-on expertise to drive innovation in their place of work.

Diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation technologies are developing rapidly. This is due to great progress in materials research, mechatronics, ICT, and biological and biochemical sciences. At the same time, health care reports in western countries show that the sustainability of health care provision is under threat. Demographic factors and rising costs of health care services require a transition from a professional-driven to a user-oriented system. New technologies can facilitate such a system and may also support care delivery itself. They can reduce the physical strain on care workers and make their work more effective.

Health care organizations need to incorporate new technologies to transform their services. And professionals need to adapt to take full advantage of these solutions. Only then can the delivery of quality care be sustained. Poor usability of the currently available technology is a barrier to change. Developers often lack in-depth knowledge of care practices. This leaves them unable to incorporate the characteristics of care delivery in new technology. Ideally, designers and future users work together to define and develop new technological approaches. This places user-centered design and co-creation at the heart of the research and development process.

Programme structure

Year 1

During the first year, students are introduced to the field of care and technology. They learn about methods for user-centered design and development. In addition, they gain insight in user-orientation, business and innovation. Focusing on a topic of their choice, students start working on a research and development plan. This is the groundwork for a Master’s thesis that is to be completed at the end of the program. All practical assignments are related to the student’s own workplace. This means students acquire highly relevant knowledge and skills.

Year 2

During the second year, students focus on strategies and methods for implementation. These are demonstrated and used during group assignments on different subjects relevant to the student’s place of work. Students fine-tune their research and development proposal and execute their research and development plan. Next, they write their Master’s thesis. Students conclude the program with a thesis defence in front of a committee.

Career opportunities

A student who has successfully completed the program, qualifies as an “Expert in Care and Technology” and obtains a Master of Sciense degree from the consortium of universities. This title reflects the wide range of skills acquired in order to contribute to all phases of the product innovation cycle. Graduates are competent professionals who are able to initiate and implement innovative approaches to health care delivery. They help their organizations move forward.

Apply now! Fall semester 2019/20
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Sep 2, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States