Research, development and innovation – more competence to promote health and well-being
We are a regional provider of research, development and innovation (RDI) services for expertise in health and well-being. We develop new learning environments to enhance competence in the well-being and health sector and provide new information related to well-being and health. We are an expert organisation in customer and user-oriented design and development. We excel in applying user-oriented methods to design, test and pilot services, products and practices related to the health and well-being of individuals, communities and the environment.
Our RDI activities include national and international cooperation projects, students’ theses and final projects, project-based RDI tasks completed during apprenticeships and other studies as well as teachers’ RDI activities. We work in close cooperation with customers, employers, the business community and experts in other research and development organisations. Learning becomes more diverse when it takes place in the context of developing the daily routines and functions of the individual or the workplace, or in problem solving situations. As students analyse current practices and search for development targets, learning outcomes are integrated with professional life in the form of skills and competences as well as new, user-oriented products, services and practices.
In particular, the School of Health and Social Care has special responsibility for priority area, "New operating models for promoting health and well-being". The area is divided into three separate development programmes that follow a life-cycle approach. Development programmes for children, young people and families with children, people of working age and workplace communities and the elderly provide multidisciplinary expertise and new practices in promoting the health and well-being of individuals, communities and the environment. Our development activities take place in cooperation with the different schools and departments of Oulu UAS, our stakeholders, representatives of the professional life, and the users of the services.
Research and Development Manager Kirsi Koivunen