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FYS220 Physiotheraphy in Health Promotion and Preventive work

Course description for academic year 2022/2023

Contents and structure

The course "Public health in working life and everyday life" is directed at health promotion and preventive work. Focus is on people (individuals, vulnerabel proups an population), environment, society and the relation between people, environment and society.   

Health promotion is described as the process of enabling people to get increased control over- and improve their health. To reach this goal, it is necessary to identify needs and aspirations, and through motivational work, social- and cultural support and adjustment of the environment, guide people to learning, healthy living and developement, in order to cope better within their lives. (References, see below)

The course is also directed towards preventive work, where focus is on persons movements in relation to their environment, and the process of making arenas more safe and healthy, work arenaes as an important example. To reach this goal it is necessary to identify and reduce physical and psychosocial risk factors, and increase environmental and personal factors promoting health. (The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, 1986. UN´s sustainabel society goals, 2015. The Norwegian Act of Public health 2011. The Norwegian Act of Working environment, 2005. The Norwegian Act of Community based health- and caring services, 2011.

The course has two focuses in two main projects and one sub-project:

  1. Physiotherapy in the field of occupational health, with ergonomics and physical activity / exercise as approach.
  2. Physiotherapy in the field of everyday life health, with health literacy and physical activity / exercise as approach. 2a.Testing physical capacity is a sub-project.

Learning Outcome

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge: The student...

  • has broad knowledge of health, function, quality of life and coping
  • has knowledge of the significance of social-, cultural- and structural conditions for public health in everyday life and work life
  • has broad knowledge of following factors as approaches in health-promoting and disease-preventing work; movement, physical activity, exercise, health literacy, ergonomics, nutrition, hygiene and infection control.
  • has knowledge of health- and social policy, political planning and decision-making processes and innovation.

Skills: The student....

  • can investigate the state of health in different groups in the population, as well as what are health-promoting and inhibiting factors
  • can investigate and assess risk factors, and master methods for following this up systematically
  • can present physiotherapy knowledge, adapted to different target groups, and motivate people to use and develop their resources.
  • can guide participants, patients and relatives and relevant healthcare professionals who are in the process of learning, coping and changing
  • can use technology to promote health and participation, both at individual-, group- and system level
  • can plan and carry out innovative projects and systematic quality preparatory work processes 

General competence: The students...

  • has insight into how the interaction between physiological processes, personal-, social-, environmental- , cultural and structural conditions affect the individual's health, function and participation
  • can present knowledge about health-promoting and disease-preventing work to different groups in the population.
  • can plan and implement measures that promote good public health in everyday life and work life.
  • can plan and implement systematic professional development projects and participate in service innovation

Entry requirements

The course is open only to students who have been admitted to a bachelor's degree in physiotherapy and students from physiotherapy educations / - institutions the education has an agreement with.

Passed  all the subjects of the three previous semesters.

Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

Lectures that provide summaries of the knowledge base within public health, healthpromotion and preventive work. 

Project work in groups, where the groups work with real challenges in the fields of occupational health and everyday life health. Two weeks of fieldwork are integrated in project work. 

The project work are presented in seminars and in written reports with the intention of integrating, applying and presenting central professional knowledge.

Compulsory learning activities

The following learning activities must be approved for students to sit for exam:

  • 80% attendance at introduction lectures and student active teaching; group-, and project work, seminars)
  • Field work for a total of two weeks (Project 1 and 2)
  • Project note in project on workplace analysis (Project 1)
  • Poster with presentation in seminar in project on workplace analysis (Project 1)
  • Testing and retesting of physical capacity, individual skill training. (Project 2a)
  • Seminar presentation in group on statistics related to testing and retesting physical capacity. (Project 2a)

The work requirements are valid for 4 semesters​


Written project assignment in group, project public health in everyday life. (Project 2, main project)

Adjusting oral exam in group, 40 minutes per group. 10 minutes presentation, 10 minutes opponent group and 10 minutes examination of examiners. Time and place for the exam, See Studentweb..

Assessment terms Graded scale A to F, where A to E are passed grades and F is not passed

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Course reductions

  • BFY225 - Health Promotion and Preventive Work - Reduction: 15 studypoints