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SYKF250 Public Health in a National and Global Perspective

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

This module provides broad knowledge, skills and general competence in health-promoting and preventive work from both a national and a global public health perspective. Furthermore, this module will contribute to increased insight into key concepts and topics within global health, internationalisation, the UN's sustainability goals and human rights. This module’s practical work is an in-depth study of public health work.

This module can include "Internationalisation at home", pediatrics, pregnancy and maternity care.

The workload for the course is estimated to be 405 hours. Out of these, 160 hours are related to patient- and user-oriented work at various levels. There is a requirement for 90% participation in patient and user-oriented work.

Learning Outcome

A student who completes this module must have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in the categories, knowledge, skills and general competence.


The student...

  • will have a broad knowledge of the health-promoting and preventative functions of nursing from a public health perspective
  • will have knowledge of the relevant teaching and guidance methods
  • will have knowledge of inclusion, equality and non-discrimination regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion and belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and age, so that graduates can contribute to equal services for all groups within society
  • will have knowledge of health and social policy within the field of public health, including relevant regulatory requirements


The student...

  • will be able to use subject knowledge and relevant results from research and development work covering theoretical and practical issues, and make choices in line with knowledge based practical experience
  • will be able to use cultural knowledge and understanding in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing from a public health perspective
  • will be able to talk with children about themes of neglect, violence and abuse
  • will be able to use knowledge of the needs of children and young people in a public health perspective and ensure their participation and knowledge of their rights
  • will be able to use knowledge of education, mastering and change processes in supervision and teaching from a public health perspective
  • will be able to use interpersonal, communication and supervisory knowledge in public health work
  • will be able to use up-to-date knowledge of the health and welfare system, laws, regulations and guidance documents within public health work in their provision of services
  • will be able to use subject knowledge of health and illness in public health work to systematically observe, assess, implement and document appropriate nursing measures, as well as evaluate the effect of these and make adjustments as necessary
  • will be able to use knowledge to implement measures to promote good mental health
  • will be able to use knowledge of health-promoting, preventative and work-inclusive measures

CompetenceThe student...

  • will be able to plan and complete a project
  • will be familiar with global health challenges and nursing practices from an international perspective
  • will have an understanding of the connections between health, education, work and living conditions, and will be able to use this in their provision of services both to individuals and to societal groups, in order to contribute to good public health and work inclusion
  • will be able to convey and reflect on professional, ethical and legal issues, and adjust their own practice in the course of their provision of services
  • will be able to convey opinions and share experiences with others in the field, and through this contribute to the development of best practice

Entry requirements

SYK110, SYK100, SYK130, SYK140, SYK120P

Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Group work
  • Multimedia resources
  • Student presentations
  • Skills training
  • Simulation
  • Supervision
  • Peer feedback
  • Self-assessment
  • Problem solving
  • Written work
  • Self-study

Compulsory learning activities

The following compulsory learning activities must be approved/fulfilled in order to take the exam:

1. 80% attendance and participation in student-active learning methods (seminars, group work, presentations, simulations) as specified in the timetable.

2. Practical placement: 160 hours related to patient- or user-oriented work. The candidate must have achieved the learning outcomes and fulfilled the requirement of 90% participation in the practical placement, to have the practical placement approved.

3: Project assignment:

a: Participation in study groups, including the presentation of a draft project plan, peer feedback and guidance.

b: Approved project outline of up to 1000 words.

c: Presentation of project

In the case of absence from compulsory learning activities, the same rules apply as for absence during practical training according to the regulations relating to programmes of study and examinations at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.


Project work, done individually or in a group, length 3500 words +/- 10%. The deadline and delivery method for this project will be published on Studentweb.

All members of the group are expected to contribute to a joint product. If there is doubt about whether an examination candidate has contributed sufficiently to warrant recognition for a joint product, this should be documented by all group members and the subject coordinator. HVL may decide that the examination candidate will be considered as not having attended the exam. In that case, the student must submit a new assignment for the next examination. cf: § 11-17 Group Examination.

Assessment grading: Pass/fail.

Re-sitting examinations:

If students does not pass, they can submit an improved version of their project work. Students are entitled to new supervision.

Examination support material


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Course reductions

  • SK157 - Helsefremjande og førebyggjande arbeid - Reduction: 15 studypoints