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Health promotion - Personal training, in theory and practical application 15 credits

Hälsopromotion - Personlig träning, i teori och praktisk tillämpning
First cycle, H0011H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2022 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

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 General entry requirements, as well as fundamental knowledge within the fields of health promotion, health guidance or physiotherapy, equivalent to 52.5 credits or comparable formal/informal learning. Fundamental knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the human musculoskeletal system equivalent to 7.5 credits or comparable formal/informal learning

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
This course is designed to provide advanced knowledge of health promotion through physical activity, its scientific basis and current research in the area. Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to act as a personal trainer with a health promotion focus. After completing this course, the student shall, with a sound scientific basis, be able to:
  1. Discuss and apply relevant principles of exercise physiology, anatomy and training theory, as well as evaluate and critically interpret scientific articles about physical activity and training.
  2. Analyse individuals' physical status and training needs by selecting and applying appropriate mobility tests, biomechanical analyses and tests of physical capacity.
  3. Develop and evaluate specific training programs for individuals in different age groups.
  4. Perform health consultations and apply relevant psychological theories and tools to support the individual's motivation.
  5. Plan, direct and evaluate different forms of physical training.

  • Physical activity - different forms of exercise and their effects on the physical performance parameters of the body (strength, flexibility, stability, agility, endurance) and body composition
  • Exercise physiology, anatomy and training theory
  • Motion tests and biomechanical analyses
  • Special training requirements
  • Health plans and applied health psychology
  • Leadership - leading personal training
  • Training environments and safety
  • Literature review in physical activity and exercise
  • Practical application of personal training
  • Ethical aspects of professional conduct

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course is delivered 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 are conducted on campus, primarily practical exercises, certain group seminars and examinations. 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 for their own learning by actively contributing to the achievement of course objectives through planning their work and use of time The course content is explored through literature studies, group work, clinical assignments, practical exercises, lectures, oral and written presentations and seminars. This course requires timely completion of study assignments, as well as compulsory attendance and active participation in examination seminars. Mandatory attendance is required for practical exercises. This course is an elective course in the health promotion program. 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.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The objectives of the course are examined separately through study assignments and examinations, which may include practical, written and oral tasks, completed individually and/or 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

Glenn Hall

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2022 Sp 1
Compulsory reading list:
Hallén, J. & Ronglan, L.T. (latest edition). Träningslära för idrotterna. Stockholm: SISU idrottsböcker
Thomeé, R., Augustsson J., Wernbom, M. & Augustsson, S., & Karlsson, J. (latest edition) Styrketräning för idrott, motion och rehabilitering. Stockholm: SISU Idrottsböcker

Reference literature:
Matsson, M. (2014). Träningsplanering. Stockholm: SISU idrottsböcker
Andersson, G. (latest edition) Nya konditionstest på cykel. Stockholm: SISU Idrottsböcker
Behnke, R. (latest edition), Fakta om rörelseapparaten, Anatomi för idrotten. Stockholm: SISU Idrottsböcker
Brülde, B.(2011). Folkhälsoarbetets etik. Lund: Studentlitteratur
Clark, M., Sutton, B. & Lucett, S. (latest edition) NASM Essentials of personal fitness training. Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Learning
Kostenius C. & Lindqvist A-K.(2006) Hälsovägledning- från ord och tanke till handling. Lund: Studentlitteratur

Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Application- training principles- oral seminar, written assiU G VG *3.00MandatoryA14
0002Analysis of training needs- written assignm.U G#2.00MandatoryA14
0003Training programs- oral seminar w/ written individual assignU G#3.00MandatoryA14
0004Health plans- oral sem, written individual assign, prac examU G VG *7.00MandatoryA14

Syllabus established
by 14 Feb 2014

Last revised
by Anna Öqvist, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Health, Education and Technology 11 Feb 2022