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IPH3000 International Public Health Course description

Course name in Norwegian
International Public Health
Study programme
Bachelorstudium i ergoterapi / Bachelorstudium i fysioterapi / International Public Health / Bachelorstudium i fysioterapi - studieretning mensendieck
Weight
15 ECTS
Year of study
2019/2020
Schedule
Course history

Introduction

Public health work is society's organized effort to maintain, improve and promote the population's health, both locally and globally. Interventions are directed towards factors that contribute to better health and factors that might represent a health risk. Public health work is concerned with reducing health inequalities through work on equity, accessibility and quality of services.

An increase in disease rates, long term conditions and lifestyle illnesses are expected in the future. This is a consequence of demographic changes and a result of people's health behaviour. Competence in interprofessional collaboration in both public and private sectors is crucial to meeting challenges.

Regulation: Lov om universiteter og høyskoler and Forskrift om studier og eksamen ved OsloMet - storbyuniversitetet.

ECTS-Distribution

Theory and method

  • Part I: 0,5

  • Part II: 1,0

  • Sum ECTS: 1,5

Ethics

  • Part I: 0,5

  • Part III: 0,5

  • Sum ECTS: 1,0

Governance

  • Part I: 3,0

  • Part II: 3,0

  • Sum ECTS: 6,0

Communication

  • Part I: 0,5

  • Part III: 1,0

  • Sum ECTS: 1,5

Health Promotion & Preventative Work

  • Part I: 0,5

  • Part II: 1,0

  • Part III: 3,5

  • Sum ECTS: 5,0

Sum

  • Part I: 5,0

  • Part II: 5,0

  • Part III: 5,0

  • Sum ECTS: 15

Required preliminary courses

Completion of at least one year of undergraduate studies in a relevant area.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this part, the student will achieve the following learning outcomes

Part I - The Scope of Global Public Health

5 ECTS.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this part, the student will achieve the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge

The student is able to

  • describe the challenges in welfare systems, relevant national legislation, and international agreements

  • describe the past, and present developments and achievements of public health and discuss possible future challenges within the field

  • describe social inequalities in health and their consequences nationally and globally

  • describe epidemiology and different cost analyses, and discuss inter-professional, evidence-based interventions with target groups

  • discuss the principles of universal design from a human rights and democratic perspective

Skills

The student is able to

  • address challenges in public health and demonstrate how to intervene professionally in collaboration with others

  • search for relevant research, analyse these and apply to the findings in their assignment

General competences

The student is able to

  • apply the tools of innovation and entrepreneurship in public health issues and communicate the results to an audience

  • reflect upon ethical issues and discuss intercultural perspectives in public health

Part II - Environmental Conditions and Population Health

5 ECTS.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this part, the student will achieve the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge

The student is able to

  • discuss the interactions between the environment and sustainable development, and their effect on health

  • describe health care emergency interventions following different types of disasters, and discuss challenges encountered

  • discuss interprofessional interventions focusing on communicable and non-communicable diseases, including mental conditions  

  • describe how interprofessional practice might contribute to improve and promote mental health 

  • describe the distribution of different types of injuries nationally and globally and how to prevent them

  • discuss how to promote occupational health and to prevent occupational health hazards

  • discuss theoretical models for behavioral change and their application      

Skills

The student is able to

  • reflect upon priorities in public health and the consequences for population health

  • demonstrate communication skills to improve health literacy and social capital through social marketing and reflect on intervention strategies and their efficacy

  • reflect upon a comprehensive view of humanity and human rights

General competences

The student is able to

  • reflect upon diversity and how different ethnic, religious and cultural background may influence communication between people

  • demonstrate how to disseminate public health knowledge collaboratively with target groups and stakeholders

  • apply research methods in solving public health problems

Part III - Family Health

5 ECTS.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this part, the student will achieve the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge

The student is able to

  • discuss theoretical models for behavioral change and their application

  • reflect on the complexity of health determinants throughout the life cycle

  • discuss  the role of activities and social participation in health promotion (occupational science)

  • describe national and global vaccination programs, and discuss their impact and challenges involved including ethical issues

Skills

The student is able to

  • reflect upon communication and collaboration within an interprofessional team

  • develop interactive and critical health education information to improve family health

  • identify and describe different information channels to promote health education and knowledge sharing

General competences

The student is able to

  • reflect upon ethical issues, conflicts in personal values, and interprofessional approaches in family health

  • reflect upon the role of public-private partnership as an asset in public health

  • describe social entrepreneurship and societal transformation as a tool for implementation of a public health activity

Teaching and learning methods

The learning and teaching approach consists of group work supported by lectures, workshops, self-studies and field trips. Groups, consisting of approximately 5 students, focus on assignments facilitated by tutors. Every group member contributes to the creation and presentation of all assignments. Part I includes two assignments, while part II and part III include one assignment. See the teaching plan for further details.

All parts of the course have a focus on interactivity in promoting knowledge exchange and on inter-professional collaborative dialogue, enhancing self-awareness in the professional role. The students will gain practice in decision-making and problem-solving, relating to client-centered and evidence-based practice.

Course requirements

In order to fulfill the learning outcomes, interaction between students and tutors as well as interaction among students is deemed necessary.

The following activities are compulsory:

  • Group meetings with the tutor.
  • Group assignments in English.
  • Oral presentation of the assignments in English.

A minimum of 80 % attendance is required at group meetings.

All group assignments must be published on the course web site on Canvas. The assignments must be signed electronically by all members of the Group.

Assessment

The work requirements must be fulfilled before the student can take the exam.

Examination content: Learning outcomes from part I, II and III.

Examination form: Individual oral exam, 20 min.

The student may choose English or Norwegian as examination Language.

Permitted exam materials and equipment

No exam aids permitted.

Grading scale

ECTS grading A - F.

Examiners

Two examiners evaluate all students. One examiner is external on 10 % of the students.

Admission requirements

Completion of at least one year of undergraduate studies within a relevant area.