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Høst 2020

HEL-3005 Society, Culture and Public Health - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Health Sciences

Type of course

This course is mandatory for students at the Master's degree programme in Public Health. Course students may be admitted if total number of students do not exceed the regulated 30 number of students at the course.

Course contents

The course offers a theoretical framework for critical reflections of issues related to social and cultural aspects of health, illness, sickness and disease.

The main topics are:

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester.

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 15 April for the autumn semester.

Admission requirements

Admission criteria: The same as for the Master's programme in Public Health. See the programme page. Application Code: 9371 (Nordic applicants).

Objective of the course

Knowledge and understanding

Students are expected to understand

Skills and competences

Students are expected to demonstrate ability to

General Proficiency

Students are expected to

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures, video-presentations and organised group sessions during two 4 day long seminars, in addition to use of online learning management system. Attendance to lectures and seminars is mandatory. The lectures are given in English.


Obligatory assignment:

Home assignment (a written essay) on a given topic (2-3,000 words), written in English. The students will be given one week to write the home assignment. This paper is compulsory, and has to be written individually. The home assignment should be handed in online. The assignment will be graded as approved or not approved. Attendance to lectures and seminars is mandatory.


The final exam consists of an individual take home exam on a given topic. The writing time is 2 weeks and the text should not exceed 2500 words (excluding references). The exam is to be handed in online as specified in the exam text. Students must have delivered and gotten the obligatory assignment approved before taking the exam. Language: English. Grading scale: A-E equals passed, F equals failed.

If a student fails the course, an examination re-sit will be organised. Students with valid absence from the exam will be offered a re-scheduled examination. See examination regulations.

Date for examination

Written home exam hand out date 15.10.2020 hand in date 29.10.2020

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

Lectures Autumn 2020
Forelesning prof. Olaug Synnøve Lian
prof. Vinjar Magne Fønnebø
f.aman. Åge Wifstad
f.aman. Kristin Benjaminsen Borch
forsker Anne Cathrine Silviken
f.aman. Anne-Sofie Sand
rådgiver Janne Elisabet Strømmesen
Renathe Aspeli Simonsen
Gruppearbeid prof. Olaug Synnøve Lian
f.aman. Kristin Benjaminsen Borch
Seminar prof. Olaug Synnøve Lian