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Høst 2015

MED-2520 Medicine: International Semester - 30 stp

The course is administrated by

Det helsevitenskapelige fakultet

Type of course

This course is intended and reserved for students enrolled in the professional study of medicine and exchange students from enrolled in similar studies at partner universities. It is not possible to take this as a separate course.

Course overlap

MED-400 Medicine (part two - year 4) 30 stp

Course contents

Contents and relevance of the study program

The semester builds on the knowledge of basic human biology, structure, and function attained in previous courses. Anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology are essential parts of MED-2520. The semester will prepare students for practical training and placement later in their medical studies.

The main objective of the course is to develop and reinforce the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to achieve competence in managing common, acute, and severe clinical problems that are encountered in general practice and in hospitals in the field of women¿s and children¿s health. The course will also expand on the knowledge of medical genetics from previous courses.

"Global health¿ covers international health in a broad perspective, focusing on community medicine, clinical medicine, and health research. The term "global health¿ encompasses health-related topics that are independent of countries, social classes, ethnicity and culture. During the international semester, women¿s and children¿s health issues will be taught in the context of a global perspective. The teaching will stimulate interest for medical research in the field of global health in addition to the fields of women¿s and children¿s health. Collaboration with international partners in both epidemiological and clinical research will also be developed.

UiT - The Arctic University of Norway has a special Arctic Health Research group that focuses on health conditions and health-related challenges in the arctic region. 

Application deadline

Application deadline for exchange students from partner universities: April 15

Admission requirements

MED-2510 exam or the partner university¿s equivalent exam passed. 

Objective of the course

The student must be able to meet the patient and his or her family with respect and empathy. Based on this important relationship, the student should be able to examine, analyze, and take part in the primary handling of the complex network of relations that:

while focusing especially on health problems associated with reproduction, women, childhood, growth, and global health problems. This must be undertaken with the aim of providing the best possible result for the patient, in terms of care, the use of knowledge, and available resources; in respectful cooperation with others (working with relations).

The student must be able to:

All this must be done while giving attention to and with respect for the patient¿s preferences and need for information and shared decision-making.  Furthermore, the student must be able to:

Language of instruction

The course will be taught in English. The exam may be taken in either English or Norwegian.

Teaching methods

Integrated in the teaching is safety education for the student him- or herself and others. This encompasses safety at all clinical departments (operating theater, medical ambulatories, etc.) in addition to hygiene, data- and patient-safety. Practical teaching and education in relevant laws and regulations are also included. For placements abroad special information is provided.


A 4 hour written exam wil be held at the end of the semester.  

The students will receive evaluations throughout the semester as they participate in the skills lab, case groups, and different practical parts of the teaching program, with a view to helping them focus their learning efforts.

Learning requirements

Should the exam not be passed, or not taken due to illness documented by a physician, there will be an opportunity to take a continuation exam.

See Supplementary regulations for the MED-2520 International semester exam.

Date for examination

Written 15.12.2015

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Recommended reading/syllabus

An updated list will be distributed at the beginning of the course.