Subject description for 2021/2022

Health science (HEL5006)

Health science


On this first course in the Master’s Degree in Health Sciences, students will gain broader insight into theories and concepts that are key to health sciences. The theoretical perspectives studied on this course are based on different methods of understanding and theories of health and participation. Particular focus is placed on applying these perspectives in order to highlight the students’ own practice, as well as to develop interdisciplinary services that are rooted in a positive understanding of health and active participation from patients/clients and citizens

Course description

The course focuses on the understanding of health and participation as key concepts in health science. Health is considered a good for both the individual and society. The course provides in-depth insight into how different understandings of health and participation affect the provision and design of services, interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation and management. Health and participation are thematised at individual, group and societal levels in general, and especially in relation to understanding the body and disease.   

The course provides a basis for working in a knowledge-based and critical manner with health science issues. The course emphasises academic writing so that students can actively contribute in academic dissemination, debates and prioritisations that promote health and participation. 


 Admission is based on a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualifications in health and social sciences.


No fees other than semester fees and course literature.

Learning outcomes


  • has advanced knowledge about different understandings of the concepts of health, body and disease, and the relationships that exist between the concepts.
  • has in-depth knowledge about different perspectives on participation
  • has in-depth knowledge of how factors such as power, culture and the organisation of services affect opportunities for participation, health and recovery.
  • Has in-depth knowledge about the concept of knowledge-based practice and implications for work involving health and participation


  • can analyse cultural, historical and global conditions that promote and inhibit health and participation for individuals and groups.
  • can analyse relationships between health, body and disease and critically assess implications for practice and planning work.
  • can critically assess different sources of health science knowledge and apply relevant research results when formulating academic reasoning.
  • can reflect critically on interdisciplinary collaboration that promotes meaningful participation for users/patients/citizens

General competence:

  • can apply research in order to discuss academic and ethical issues related to health and participation
  • can critically assess the complexity of working with health and participation at different levels in order to develop services across professions and sectors

Course type

Compulsory course

Mode of delivery

Digital lectures. 2 weeks in the beginning of the autumn semester

Teaching activities and methods

 Student-active teaching methods are used such as lectures, various types of seminars and group work, as well as academic supervision, written assignments and self-study.

The teaching takes place on campus and is organised in two 1-week sessions with specific coursework between the sessions. Parts of the teaching may take place digitally.

Recommended prior knowledge

No prerequisite knowledge is required apart from the master’s programme admission requirements

Permitted examination aids

 All support materials are allowed.

Course evaluation

The course is evaluated annually by the students through course surveys. These evaluations are part of the University’s quality assurance system.

Exam description

 Coursework (AK) in groups with presentations (approved/not approved) that must be approved before the final course grade can be given. Coursework guidelines have been developed.

Individual written home examination with given assignment over a period of 2 weeks. Assessment guidelines have been developed.

The examination committee consists of an internal and an external examiner. Grading A-F.

Assessment and examinations

Compound assessement, grading scale A-E for pass, F for fail
  • Assessment task, comprises 0/100 of the grade, grading scale Approved - Not approved.
  • Take-home examination, 2 weeks, comprises 100/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E for pass, F for fail.

Course literature

Course literature can be found in Leganto
Course coordinator
Start semester Autumn 2021
Teaching language Norwegian ECTS Credits 10 Course location Bodø autum 2021 / Levanger autumn 2022 Faculty
The Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences