Health Care Technology
Degree awarded: Master of Science in Engineering (MSc)
Workload: 120 ECTS
Language of instruction: English
Duration: 2 years
Pre-Requisites: Bachelor´s degree in Health Sciences, Healtcare, IT, Public Administration, Economics, Law.
Tuition fees and scholarships: 1 ECTS = 100 EUR. Nominal study load per 1 year = 60 ECTS/€6000, 10 tuition fee waiver scholarships available that guarantee free studies. Detailed information about the scholarship is available here
Number of places available: 15
Health Care Technology (HCT) is a unique Master’s programme in Europe and Estonia is the first country to start teaching Health Care Technology in such an all-inclusive form. HCT focuses on combination of academic and practical skills and the lecturers are mostly from the industry, bringing the latest knowledge and experience to the students.
HCT Master’s program has two specialities: 1) Health care technology (HCT) and 2) Occupational Health Science and Ergonomics (OHSE).
HCT speciality is for people who are interested in healthcare management combined with information technology and innovation. Not just creating new eHealth applications, but making sure it is humanly, financially, economically viable.
Occupational Health Science and Ergonomics (OHSE) speciality is for people who are interested in health and safety management, ergonomics and designing innovative workplaces, promoting work life quality, productivity and employees’ wellbeing.
- Programme teaches to understand how healthcare, IT, medicine, occupational health work together
- Two specialisations: Health Care Technology major and Occupational Health Science and Ergonomics major
- Lectures will take place mainly in Tallinn Tech Mektory building, the innovation centre with different labs and classes. Additionally, students have site visits to get the first-hand experience with different healthcare and medical organisations
- Mandatory internship that can be done abroad
An HCT alumni works in healthcare organisation managements, in IT development companies that develop healthcare applications and systems, laboratory management, rehabilitation management and as academics in the university. A OHSE alumni works in variety of organisations, private and state, in management of health and safety, working life quality, ergonomics, occupational health services and as academics in the university.
The idea to create Health Care Technology programme was born because of high demand on the market for Health Care Specialists. After discussions and brainstorming amongst The Institute of Clinical Medicine and industry partners, the Master's programme was created. For the HCT major to be more effective, the students will attend apprenticeship in the following medical or health care companies:
- AS Medicum
- AS East Tallinn Central Hospital
- Estonian e-Health Foundation
- Aalto University School of Science and Technology
- Karolinska Institute
OHSE major students will attend apprenticeship in different manufacturing companies, state organisations and occupational health services.
Health Care Technology Master’s programme is an interdisciplinary curriculum taught in English. We welcome students with Bachelor’s degree or vocational education degree, based on accredited curriculum, in the following areas:
- Health Science
- Social Science
- Natural Science
- Mathematics/Mathematical Statistics
- Economic Science (management)
- Medical Science
Tallinn University of Technology is the first university to start teaching Health Care Technology in this all-inclusive form. Theory lectures are combined with practical studies in our medical and health care industry partner organisations, teaching students how to use their freshly learnt skills and how to put them to work.
Health Care Technology programme professors are from Estonia as well as from Europe and North America, covering Estonian and international experience in different levels and angles of health care. Estonia is well known for its technological inventions in e-Health and their successful implementation, making it a lucrative country to study and work in technological fields.
Curricular activities are held in English and courses will be partly held through e-study system. We welcome applications from students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree preferably in IT, Health Science, Social Science, Natural Science, Mathematics/Mathematical Statistics, Economic Science (management), Law or Medical Science.
Please pay attention as this programme you are applying for, has specific prerequisites:
- Bachelor´s degree in related field, preferably in Health Sciences.
- Motivation letter and CV
- Skype interview (applicants may be requested for Skype interview if more information is needed)
Motivation letter and CV
For each programme you apply to, an individual motivation letter (statement of purpose) must be inserted.
Please include following:
- Clearly defined perspectives and motivation to study in health care technology master´s program (max. points given 2);
- HCT specialisation: logical, analytical and comprehensive analysis of e-health developments of the specific country (or countries) that the candidate chooses to take as an example
- OHSE specialisation: comprehensive analysis on the new challenges in working life (max. points given 2);
- possible Master´s Thesis topics or research interests in health care technology (max. points given 2);
- grammatically fluent and correct English (max. points given 2).
Candidate can collect up to 8 points for the motivation letter and up to 2 points with CV.
The candidate must collect at least 5 points to be in the competition.
PS! It is important to properly cite any sources (quotations, publications, ideas which are not your own etc.) used in your motivation letter, because to do otherwise would be plagiarism and result in disqualification.
The aim of interview is to understand your academic potential, motivation and suitability for your chosen course. Questions are composed to assess your:
- problem-solving abilities;
- intellectual flexibility and analytical skills;
- assimilation of new ideas and information.
The length of an interview vary between 10-12 minutes and will be conducted by the specialists in the programme you have applied for.
For general admission requirements please visit the Admissions section.
The yearly fee for a typical student is calculated based on 60 ECTS per year (full study load). The following is an estimation based on 2017/2018 fees:
- 1 ECTS is 100 EUR
- first study year is 6000 EUR
PS! Non-EU students must pay in advance for 60 ECTS (yearly load) before starting their studies.
A tuition fee waiver is a non-monetary scholarship granted automatically to the best ranked candidates, according to the points earned in the course of admission. There is no separate application required. Decisions are made based on the Dreamapply application. Scholarship is awarded for the whole study period. Recipients of the scholarships are required to study full-time, i.e. with the workload of at least 60 ECTS per year. If the student starts studying part-time, he/she will lose the tuition fee waiver and will start paying for studies.
Please check here for scholarship options.
"Studying at Tallinn Tech was one of the best choices of my life. I graduated cum laude from the Health Care Technology. The programme is based on real examples, the students are shown how IT affects the health care system and they study how to build an e-health environment and implement Telemedicine solutions step-by-step. I was also able to participate and develop different projects, the most successful of which was “LifeInU”, a home-monitoring system for pregnant women. This project of ours was very successful and won the Tallinn Tech MEKTORY competition, which gave my group members and I the possibility to go to Silicon Valley, United States."
Nino Chaligava, Georgia
Alumna of the Health Care Technology programme
"Health care technologies is a growing industry area, which continuously needs new resources! EU eHealth initiatives, national patient data archives, data sharing across organizations and country borders is here to stay. In this programme you will learn how health care technologies look like in different European countries and even beyond. At the end of the programme you will be ready to apply related jobs in the industry, public sector or research. We welcome you to join!"
Hanna Pohjonen, PhD
Associate Professor at the Department of Health Technologies