About the Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine is a modern, multidisciplinary and international education and research organisation that consists of four departments and four independent units. Every year, approximately 300 basic degrees, 70 doctoral degrees, and 140 specialist degrees in medicine or dentistry are completed in the Faculty. Our top-level researchers publish over 2,000 research articles annually.

Organisation of the Faculty

Deans and the steering group

Dean Pekka Hänninen
Vice-Dean responsible for research and postgraduate education Markus Juonala
Vice-Dean responsible for undergraduate education Sanna Salanterä
Vice-Dean responsible for medical and dental education Eriika Savontaus

Faculty Council

Meeting schedule

Members (Deputy Members)

Chair: Dean Pekka Hänninen
Vice-Dean Markus Juonala
Vice-Dean Sanna Salanterä
Vice-Dean Eriika Savontaus


Panu Jaakkola (Marko Salmi)
Ullamari Pesonen (Noora Kotaja)
Riitta Suhonen (Jarmo Hietala)
Hanna Thorén (Timo Närhi)
Eija Vesti (Paulina Salminen)

Academic and other personnel

Jarmo Gunn (Ritva Rautiainen)
Jaana Willberg (Elina Bergman)
Juho-Antti Mäkelä (Laura-Maria Peltonen)
Otto Ettala (Jorma Määttä)
Kati Elima (Maria Sundvall)


Aino Virolainen (Juho Vanhatalo)
Vilma Kuvaja (Milka Kauhanen)
Saara Voutilainen (Sallamaija Hyppänen)
Rebecca Suomi (Aaro Tarvainen)
Antti Väisänen (Jeyaniroshan Jeyapalan)

Faculty Council´s term of office is 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2025. Student members' term of office is 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2023.





There are four departments and four independent units at the Faculty of Medicine.

All the units of the Faculty

Key Figures (2020)


  • 244 master's and licentiate's degrees
  • 58 bachelor’s degrees
  • 69 doctor's degrees
  • 132 specialist degrees in medicine
  • 8 specialist degrees in dentistry


  • 7.037 applications
  • 1.615 undergraduate students
  • 831 doctoral candidates

Staff (faculty)

  • 580 person-years
  • 117 professors and associate professors
  • 3 professors of practice


  • A total of 2.300 publications
  • Of which 1.400 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals

The Faculty is a modern and multdisciplinary organisation that observes the tradition of the Royal Academy of Turku, which was founded in 1640. The first medical dissertation at the Royal Academy of Turku was completed in 1643.

The University of Turku began its operations in 1922, and the Faculty of Medicine was established in 1943. The preclinical studies in the Faculty started in 1954, the teaching of dentistry in 1958, nursing sciences in 1986 and biomedical sciences in 1999.

Strategic Operational Plan 2021–2030

The strategic operational plan of the Faculty is based on the strategy of the University of Turku for the years 2021–2030 and its operational plans.

The operational plan will be implemented according to the resources available and a separately made schedule. The Dean reports to the Faculty Council on the fulfilment of the operational plan. The operational plan is updated annually.

Quality Management

In the Faculty of Medicine, quality work is supervised by the Dean and in the departments by the Head of the Department. The quality work steering group coordinates quality work in the Faculty.

Read more

Applying for the Title of Docent

The University may award the title of docent (dosentti in Finnish) to a person who has comprehensive knowledge of their own field, a capacity for independent research or artistic work demonstrated through publication or some other manner, and good teaching skills.

Read more