Logopedics refers to the study of human interaction and communication, specifically to the study of nature, prevention and treatment of communication disorders, and of therapy outcomes. Communication disorders cover various speech, language and voice problems. In addition, difficulties in eating and swallowing may affect one’s health and well-being.
The education program in logopedics results in Master’s degree in five years and gives the graduate competence to start working as an independent speech-language therapist. The MA degree also allows the graduate to apply the right to start doctoral studies.
The education program in logopedics comprises of theoretical, methodological and clinical studies on diagnostics and (re)habilitation of speech, language, voice and swallowing disorders. During the clinical practice studies the students work under supervision in different contexts (health centers, day care units, hospital departments etc.) with clients suffering from various diseases or trauma, motor or sensory problems, or functional disorders. The treatment may be realized as individual or small group sessions.
Studies in logopedics are recommended for anyone wanting to learn how communication disorders affect one’s quality of life and ability to participate in societal activities.
The right to practice as a speech-language therapist is granted by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) after application.
Persons responsible for education program in logopedics
– university lecturer Leena M. Rantala (program)
– university teacher Anna M. Oksa (supervision)
The majority of teaching is in Finnish, but the programme offers some of the courses in English. Information about the courses in English can be found in the Teaching Schedules.
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
FI-33014 University of Tampere