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Health Promotion: Scientific Theory and Methods 15 Credits

Hälsopromotion: Vetenskaplig teori och metod
First cycle, H0001H
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2018 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
Health Guidance
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Higher Education Diploma with a specialisation in health guidance

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
In this course, the students will deepen previous knowledge of scientific theory and scientific methods with a focus on different scientific theoretical traditions and different data collection methods of relevance for the subject health promotion. On completion of the course, the student should, from a scientific foundation, given current laws and regulations, and with a research-ethics perspective, be able to:
  1. explain and compare different scientific theoretical perspectives and research approaches
  2. explain and discuss different qualitative methods in the subject health promotion
  3. explain and discuss different quantitative methods in the subject health promotion
  4. compare qualitative and quantitative research approaches and choose methods for a scientific study in the area of health promotion and apply a research ethics argument based on the formulation of a research question

A deepening of scientific theories in relation to truth and justification is included in this course as well as the development, usage and rationality of theories. Critical reflection on different qualitative research methods is also included in this course as well as critically evaluating from practical experience the data collection methods interviewing, observation and questionnaire. Furthermore, statistical processing with computer programs is included as well as processing of qualitative data. The course also contains computer-based literature searching of scientific articles in health promotion as well as writing ethical reflections.
  • Theory of Science
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Methods for the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data
  • Research ethics
  • Computer-based literature search

The course is given with by distance learning and is mainly web-based. Computer experience and access to an Internet connection equivalent to at least ADSL with headset and web camera are required for the studies. Parts of the course are located on campus where above all seminars and examinations take place. In order to complete the course, the student should actively seek knowledge and solve problems using an inquiring and critically reflective approach. This means that the student should take responsibility by actively contributing to the achievement of course objectives through the planning of content and time. The contents of the course are treated through lectures, practical exercises, group assignments as well as oral and written presentation. A seminar with opposition and defence is also included in the course. Course requirements are completed study assignments and compulsory attendance and an active participation at practical exercises, work and examination seminars.

To pass the course, it is required that the student achieve the course objectives through the following examination sections:
  • Objective one is examined through an oral presentation and discussion of scientific theoretical concepts
  • Objective two is examined through a written individual assignment on quantitative methods
  • Objective three is examined through a written assignment on qualitative methods
  • Objective four is examined through a written assignment and an oral presentation of research and ethics oriented problems related to the planning of a scientific study

Grading criteria for pass and pass with distinction are stated in the study guide.

This is a first-cycle course. Study supervision is provided in the course room in Canvas.

Anna-Karin Lindqvist

Literature. Valid from Spring 2018 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Backman, J. (2008). Rapporter och uppsatser. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Eilertsson, G. (lates edition)t. Statistik för hälsovetenskaperna. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Olsson, H & Sörensen, S. (latest edition). Forskningsprocessen. Kvalitativa och kvantitativa perspektiv. Stockholm: Liber
Thurén, T. (latest edition). Vetenskapsteori för nybörjare. Saltsjö-Boo: Tiger Förlag.
Trost, J. (latest edition). Enkätboken. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Reference literature:
Kvale, S. (2009). Den kvalitativa forskningsintervjun. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Scientific articles and compendiums will be added.

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

0007Theory of Science2.0U G#
0008Qualitative methods3.0U G#
0009Quantitative methods3.0U G#
0010Research Memo7.0U G VG

Syllabus established
by 15 Mar 2012

Last revised
by 14 Feb 2017