24 Jun 2021

COVID-19 pandemic as the main theme of the Summer School at the School of Health and Social Studies

The School of Health and Social Studies offered three COVID-19 related Summer School courses to which participated an international group of 150 students.

The School of Health and Social Studies organized virtual Summer School during May 31 and June 11 by offering three COVID-19 related cources. There were 150 students participating from our Partner Universities of France, Austria, USA and Malta, and students from JAMK and other Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences.

COVID-19 Pandemic Challenges and Solutions of Rehabilitation and Social Work -opintojakson opettaja Maija Jylhä (vasen yläkulma) ja opiskelijoita    COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis Communication -opintojakson opettaja Arshia Amiri (oikea alakulma) ja opiskelijoita

Individual's well-being and meaningful everyday activities on the focus

In the COVID-19 Pandemic Challenges and Solutions of Rehabilitation and Social Work course offerred by the Institute of Rehabilitation, the students got familiarized with the influences of pandemic for professionals in rehabilitation and social work. They also learned how to support well-being and meaningful everyday activities of individuals during the “Stay-at-Home” period. Digital rehabilitation and green care came up many times during the intensive week.

There was an intensive and inspiring feeling during the course, describes Senior Lecturer Maija Jylhä. The impacts of COVID-19 were experienced the same way no matter from which country the student came from.

- International exchance of thoughts and experiences is needed around the common theme that concerns everyone of us. Students need to be given space and possibility to become heard. This way the best epiphanies are born, states Jylhä.

Occupational therapy students from JAMK, Emma Hintikka and Jenna Asikainen, and Annie Duong from San Jose State University got a lot of new international perspectives and knowledge during the course: how to cope with isolation and distance learning during the pandemic, and how to utilise digital rehabilitation in e.g occupational therapy.

- One needs to be creative and look out of the box when planning rehabilitation, tells Hintikka about the learned. Information of different methods to be used in rehabilitation is needed. The more you know, the better you can meet the needs of the clients, she crystallizes.

- According to Asikainen, the best things during the course were the other students and interesting discussions around COVID-19 theme. It was great to get know students from different cultural backgrounds and how they have experienced the pandemic, she says.

- It was very interesting to learn how nature and different environments can be used in occupational therapy. I hope that I can use the learned things in my future clinical internship, ponders Duong.

Courses offered by the Healthcare Department familiarized students to global COVID-19 strategies

In the COVID-19 Pandemic Prevention and Management and COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis Communication courses offered by the Healthcare Department, students learned to analyse e.g the finanacial impacts of adoption strategies of prevention and management of pandemic in both national and global levels. COVID-19 Crisis Communication course gave students knowledge how to significally affect on the crisis communication during the pandemic.

-  Students from all over the world are interested about global and current courses. It is great that we can offer these courses to them, states Specialist and Course Lecturer Arshia Amiri. Students of the courses can publish their assigments in the JAMK Journal of Health and Social Studies, he adds. 

JAMK student of Nursing, Jessieflor Riihinen, got a lot of new information and competence from the course of COVID-19 Pandemic Prevention and Management.

- The best in the course was to get familiar with global COVID-19 strategies. l learned to analyse the severity of the pandemic with IHME tool (The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation / University of Washington) and to calculate the beds required for intensive care, tells Riihinen.

Big thanks to all of our Summer School students. Have a nice summer!

Read more about JAMK Summer School

JAMK Journal of Health and Social Studies