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Health Promotion in Society proceeding 7.5 credits

Hälsopromotion i samhället
First cycle, H0015H
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2021 Sp 4 - 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 and Health Promotion equivalent to 40 credits. Previous knowledge includes an understanding of a health promoting perspective and how it applies to efforts promoting a healthy lifestyle at the individual, group and societal level.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
On completion of the course, the student should, with the support of science, be able to:
  1. Explain and reflect on cultural perspectives on people's health
  2. Describe and reflect on socially related reasons for the unequal distribution of health
  3. Show how the health promotion perspective can provide the conditions to equalise social and structural health inequalities.

  • Introduction to the scientific method
  • Health in relation to social categories
  • Factors that promote health at the community level
  • Factors that contribute to inequalities in health at the community level
  • Social aspects of health promotion efforts
  • International aspects of health

The course is a distance learning course that 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 located on campus where mainly seminars and examinations take place. In order to complete the course, the student needs to actively seek knowledge and solve problems using an inquiring and critically reflective approach. This means that the student needs to 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, clinical assignments, lectures, oral and written presentations and seminars. Course requirements include completed study assignments, compulsory attendance as well as active participation in discussions at seminars. This course is part of the health guidance programme. The program has a consistent pedagogical strategy that stimulates active learning where team development, career planning and the creation of a personal portfolio are recurrent elements in the courses. The group work aims at developing skills that can only be attained through interaction and 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
Replaces and corresponds to the earlier course H0003H.

Glenn Hall

Transition terms
The course H0015H is equal to H0003H

Literature. Valid from Spring 2021 Sp 4 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Rostila, M., & Toivanen, S. (Senaste upplagan). Den orättvisa hälsan: om socioekonomiska skillnader i hälsa och livslängd. Stockholm: Liber.
Folkhälsomyndigheten. Folkhälsan i Sverige. Årsrapport (senaste upplagan). Stockholm: Folkhälsomyndigheten.
Olsson, H. & Sörensen, S. (senaste upplagan). Forskningsprocessen. Kvalitativa och kvantitativa perspektiv. Stockholm: Liber.

In collaboration with the supervisor/examiner the student will identify, evaluate and select additional scientific literature relevant to the research problem being studied.

Reference literature:

Marmot, M. (2006). Statussyndromet: Hur vår sociala position påverkar hälsan och livslängden. Stockholm: Natur och kultur.

Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Cultural perspectives on healthU G VG *4.50MandatoryA15
0002Requirements for HealthU G#3.00MandatoryA15

Syllabus established
by 21 May 2015

Last revised
by 21 Jan 2021