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Health Promotion - Introduction 7.5 credits

Hälsopromotion - introduktion
First cycle, H0004H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Health Guidance
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment
Main field of study
Health Promotion

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

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
The student should, on completion of the course, based on science, be able to:
  1. Describe and discuss the holistic view on health and basic theories in health promotion as a basis for a healthy life style
  2. Identify current public health problems at individual, group and organisational levels as well as argue for and explain the choice of health promotion theories and tools in health guidance

  • Perspectives and concepts in health promotion salutogenesis, pathogenesis and empowerment
  • Prevention and promotion concepts
  • Lifestyle-related public health problems (for example stress, obesity, inactivity and smoking)
  • Ethical considerations
  • Health promotion strategies at individual, group and organisational levels
  • Health education and health promotion tools

The course is given by distance learning and is mainly web-based. The studies require computer experience and access to a broadband connection (at least 0.5 Mb/s, preferably 2.0 Mb/s) as well as a headset and web camera. Parts of the course take place on campus where above all introduction, seminars and examinations are given. 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 literature studies, group work, lectures, oral and written presentations and seminars. Course requirements are completed study assignments as well as compulsory attendance and an active participation in discussions at seminars. This course is part of the health guidance programme. The program has a consistent pedagogical strategy that stimulates an active learning where team development, career planning and the creation of a personal portfolio are recurrent elements in the courses. The group work aims to develop skills that can only be trained through interaction and the sharing of experience with others.

The course objectives are examined individually through study assignments and examinations that are carried out orally and in writing, individually and in groups. The criteria for pass and pass with distinction are described in the study guide.

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

Transition terms
This course replaces and corresponds to S0018H Health Promotion

Anna-Karin Lindqvist

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2020 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Henriksen, J-O & Vetlevsen, A-J (latest edition) Etik i arbete med människor. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Kostenius, C. & Lindqvist, A-K. (2006) Hälsovägledning- från ord och tanke till handling. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Pellmer, K., Wramner, B. & Wramner, H. (2017) Grundläggande Folkhälsovetenskap. Stockholm: Liber.
Salutogenes : om hälsans ursprung, Monika Eriksson, Liber förlag ISBN: 9789147111336
Smith, B., Tang, K. & Nutbeam, D. (2007) WHO health promotion glossary: new terms. Health Promotion International, 21(4), 340-345. WHO (1986) The Ottawa Charter for health promotion. Hämtad 2016-09-30, från (tillgänglig i Canvasrummet)
WHO (1998) The Health Promotion Glossary. Hämtad 2016-09-30, från (tillgänglig i Canvasrummet)

Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Health promotive theoriesU G VG *4.00MandatoryA13
0002Application of health promotive methodsU G#3.50MandatoryA13

Syllabus established
by 18 Feb 2013

Last revised
by 18 Jun 2020