Rehabilitation Science is a new curriculum in Finland (since 2004) and taught only at the University of Lapland. Studies are multi- or interdisciplinary, with an emphasis on social and behavioural sciences. It prepares students for different kinds of careers in rehabilitation practice, research and development, both in the public and private sector and in third sector organisations.
The programme focuses on the individual’s working ability, physical and psychological functioning, social integration, and empowerment as well as the various processes, systems and factors that influence these abilities. The different interventions classified under the heading of rehabilitation focus not only on the individual, but also on his or her physical adn social environment, workplace, family and living conditions. The study of rehabilitation gives the student a good understanding of the theoretical basis and empirical processes of rehabilitation, its research and evaluation.