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FYS220 Physiotheraphy in Health Promotion and Preventive work

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

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 groups and population), environment, society and the interaction 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. (For references, see next paragraph)

The course is also directed towards preventive work, where focus is on persons movements in interaction with 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. (Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, 1986. The UNs 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
  2. Physiotherapy in the field of everyday life health

Learning Outcome

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


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, epidemiology, hygiene and infection control.
  • has knowledge of health- and social policy, political planning and decision-making processes and innovation.


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 search for and integrate relevant factors affecting public health into practice globally, regionally and locally
  • can investigate and assess risk factors of disease and health loss, and master methods for following this up systematically
  • can present relevant physiotherapy knowledge, adapted to context and 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 a development process.
  • can critically assess relevant information regarding health, lifestyle, motivation and coping strategies.

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
  • applies principles of collaborative learning, emphasizing respect, ethical behavior, and teamwork in healthcare and learning settings.
  • is capable of participating in interdisciplinary teams, contributing to and valuing feedback for the ongoing improvement of health services.

Entry requirements

The course is primarily open only to students who have been admitted to a bachelor's degree in physiotherapy. The course is also available to physiotherapy and health students from partner institutions HVL has an agreement with who have at least 90 ECTS or an equivalent.

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. 1-2 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:

  1. aktiv participation
    1. 80% at introduction lectures and student active learning; group-, and project work,
    2. Poster with presentation in seminar
    3. Seminar presentation in group
  2. Field work for a total of 1-2 weeks.
  3. Hand in group note in project on workplace analysis
  4. Individual reflection note concerning learning processes in group and individual.

Information and descriptions about the mandatory learning activities will be on canvas.

The work requirements are valid for 4 semesters​


1) Written project assignment in group, project public health in everyday life. 70 %

2) Individual assignment based on learning and reflections throughout the course. 30 %

The two assignments both have to be passed.

Information and descriptions about the mandatory learning activities will be on canvas.

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

Examination support material


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Course reductions

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