Our operations encompass
The Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care is responsible for Finnish- and Swedish-language instruction in general medical practice. Courses included in basic education provide an overview of the key duties in primary healthcare and the treatment practices associated with different diseases in the health centres of the Uusimaa region.
Our courses in general medical practice and primary healthcare include the First Study Period in Primary Health Care (spring term of the first year of studies), the Second Study Period in Primary Health Care (autumn term of the second year of studies), the Third Study Period in Primary Health Care (third or fourth year of studies) and the General Practice and Primary Health Care course (autumn or spring term of the fifth year of studies).
After completing the programme, graduates have the opportunity to complete specific training in general medical practice or specialist training at our department.
In the courses we provide in basic medical education, students are familiarised with the key duties of primary healthcare and practices characteristic of the field in terms of both individual patients and the population level. From the first to fifth year of studies, teaching is largely implemented as contact instruction involving actual patients or other subjects, for example, at health centres.
Courses included in the Degree Programme in Medicine, scope and timing:
Optional advanced courses in basic education
The topics of the advanced studies can be enquired directly from the department’s teachers.
Training in all specialist fields includes a health centre service period of at least nine months at a training health centre. Persons who have been granted a licence to practice the profession of a medical doctor in Finland (full licence) can be admitted to complete a training period in a health centre. Supervisors of postgraduate students completing the nine-month health centre service period must be directly employed by the municipality. The requirements and a more detailed description of the nine-month health centre service period are available in the course catalogue for specialist training in medicine.
Explore the aims in more detail in the course catalogue for specialist training in medicine.
Completing the health centre service period
Specific training in general medical practice is required to practise medicine within the social insurance system in member states of the European Union other than Finland. The nine-month health centre service period included in the training must be completed at a training health centre in a direct employment relationship concluded with the relevant municipality. The requirements and a more detailed description of the specific training in general medical practice are available in the course catalogue.
Explore the aims in more detail in the course catalogue.
Completing the programme
General medical practice is the largest among the 50 specialist fields in medicine. Of Finnish working-age specialists, 16% have a licence to practise medicine as specialists in general medical practice.
More about the work and skills of specialists in general medical practice:
Completing the training
The primary healthcare unit of the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa organises thematic training (link in Finnish only) for specialising doctors.
In support of completing the training
The University of Helsinki Centre for Continuing Education HY+ is responsible for the practical arrangements of the course.
Further information and registration (in Finnish only)
The Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care aims to develop and support research in the field of primary healthcare conducted in the HUS catchment area for highly specialised medical care. Research and related collaboration are both broad-based and multiprofessional. We also take part in national and international research projects in general practice and primary healthcare. Further information on the department’s research activities is available in the University of Helsinki’s Research Portal.
We organise a research course in general medical practice and the basics of clinical epidemiology (12 credits) to those planning/starting to write their doctoral thesis. Further information about the course is available on the Doctoral Programme in Population Health website. Helena Liira is the course coordinator.
The Academic Health Centre is a partnership project of the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care and the municipalities or federations of municipalities (South Karelia Social and Health Care District, Central Uusimaa Social and Health Care District, Social and Health Services in Kymenlaakso, the municipalities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa) which have concluded an agreement with the department. Its aim is to support research, primarily aimed at completing doctoral theses conducted by primary healthcare professionals. Further information is available on the Academic Health Centre website (in Finnish only). Merja Laine and Niko Wasenius serve as coordinators at the Academic Health Centre.
Research Director, Lena Thorn
The Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care is located in the third and fourth floors of the Biomedicum Helsinki 2 B building at the Meilahti Campus of the University of Helsinki.
Tukholmankatu 8 B
Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care
PO Box 20
00014 University of Helsinki
Tel: +358 294 1911 (switchboard)
Fax: +358 2941 27536 (eFax)