FYB1050 Public Health and Health Management Course description

Course name in Norwegian
Folkehelse og helseforvaltning
Study programme
Bachelorstudium i fysioterapi
Year of study
Programme description
Course history


The language is normally English. For Norwegian students, the topic of health management is taught in Norwegian. 

This common course is developed for all the bachelor’s degree programmes taught at the Faculty of Health Sciences that are covered by the National Curriculum Regulations for Norwegian Health and Welfare Education (RETHOS).  

The course deals with public health and health management. Public health emphasises the distribution of health challenges in the population based on causal connections and risk factors relating to health, education, work and living conditions, international guidelines and conditions with a bearing on illness, health and quality of life in the population at individual, group and society level, including the sustainability goals.  Health management emphasis a fundamental understanding of how the health service is organised, relevant legislation, strategies and goals for preventive and health promoting work in Norway.  For international students, the focus will be on the Nordic welfare model. 

Required preliminary courses

The student must have been admitted to the study programme.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge and skills:


The student 

  • can describe and explain factors that affect disease, health and quality of life in groups or the population as a whole
  • can describe the epidemiological and demographical foundation for public health work
  • can describe social inequality in relation to health, and is familiar with the national and global consequences of inequality
  • can describe the purpose, organisation and coordination of health and social care services
  • is familiar with relevant laws and regulations relating to the health and social care services
  • can describe the relationship between work, education, social participation, inclusion and the experience of health
  • can describe the goals for sustainable development and their significance for public health


The student can

  • reflect on ethical challenges related to public health work that aims to change behaviours
  • find, assess and refer to health promoting and preventive strategies, organisation and measures in light of the goals for sustainable development
  • reflect on how and why the status of Sami as indigenous peoples affects the development of the health and social care services

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching and learning methods include digital textbooks and digital supervised seminars. The course is organized as flipped classroom. Digital textbooks will be made available to students in advance.

Course requirements



Individual home examination (multiple choice), 45 minutes.

The exam is in English, with the exception of health management which is in Norwegian for Norwegian students.  

Permitted exam materials and equipment

All aids are permitted.  

Grading scale



One external and one internal examiner control the set of questions, the internal examiner checks the answers.

Overlapping courses

BIOB1050, ERGOB1050, FARB1050, FYB1050, RAB1050, ORI1050, PMED1050, SYKK1050, SYKP1050, TAB1050 overlap 100 %.