Course catalogue doctoral education - VT22

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Title Health Science and Implementation: Conceptual Foundations
Course number 5294
Programme Health Care Science (PUF-V)
Language English
Credits 2.0
Date 2021-09-13 -- 2021-09-23
Responsible KI department Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course To introduce concepts that shape and are shaped by health science as well as trigger critical reflection about how this impacts on a knowledge continuum relevant in understanding implementation and utilization of evidence-based interventions.
Intended learning outcomes Based on relevant conceptual resources, upon completion of the course the learner is expected to be able to:
• Identify, situate, and compare central concepts and ideas in health science research
• Reflect and critically explore an alignment between relevant concepts and methodologies concerning i.e. design, intervention, relevance, and implementation in a continuum of health sciences research.
• Identify models and methods that form the basis for promoting health, preventing and treating disease, and contributing to the development of sustainable, ethically grounded, and evidence-based interventions.
Contents of the course The course commences with an introduction of concepts often related to health science, with an explicit point to trigger critical dialogue about: what is health science, or what is it not? Illustrations will be used to generate discussion about research methodologies, methods, and implementation strategies. Moreover, the course rests on assumptions that utility/relevance of research is important, thus challenging course participants to reflect on the practice and social implications as well as utility for health science research. The course builds on illustrations from different fields such as environmental medicine, health education, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, public health, and social work to name some.
Teaching and learning activities The course is designed to constitute a series of expert lectures, seminars, and debates in combination with active group work, individual writing, and oral presentations, which will culminate in the foundations for a written examination. The learning experience builds on a mix of active reading and own reflection in combination with dialogue around learning activities with others. The course thus requires active involvement of the learner.
Compulsory elements All course activities are mandatory. Absence of max 20% can be compensated for by additional tasks in agreement with the course organiser. At least 80% attendance and passing the final examination is mandatory for a grade of "pass" in the course.
Examination The examination will consist of an individual written report. Each participant has to show that all the ILOs are reached.

Results will be assessed as Pass/not pass
Literature and other teaching material Recommended literature:
Folkhälsomyndigheten. (2016). Folkhälsan i Sverige 2016. Stockholm: Folkhälsomyndigheten. FULLTEXT: Alternativt ev. senare upplaga. (For those who understand Swedish)

Scriven, A. (2017). Promoting Health: a Practical Guide (7th ed.). London: Elsevier.

Socialstyrelsen. (2018). Nationella riktlinjer för prevention och behandling vid ohälsosamma levnadsvanor. Stockholm: Socialstyrelsen (Accessible as PDF: (For those who understand Swedish)

United Nations. (2015). Transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. New York: UN.

Further readings of relevance in English will be utilised in relation to each course participant's project.
Number of students 8 - 20
Selection of students Doctoral students within the research school in health science will be given priority. In addition, priority for admission will be based on 1) course syllabus’ relevance for the applicant’s project within doctoral education (based on a written motivation), and 2) date of commencement for doctoral studies.
More information The course is being planned as an online course based on the current situation (please keep posted for updates). The course will include learning activities during 3 full days (Sept 13-15), 3 half days (Sept 20, 21, and 23), and time for own work during the course period.
Additional course leader
Latest course evaluation Not available
Course responsible Eric Asaba
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
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