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Physiotherapy: Health Promoting Practices 7.5 credits

Fysioterapi: Hälsofrämjande arbetssätt
First cycle, S0084H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2022 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment
Main field of study

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 + Swedish upper secondary school courses Sport and Health 1, Mathematics 2a or 2b or 2c, General Science 2, Social Studies 1b or 1a1+1a2.

More information about English language requirements


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

Course Aim
The student, on completion of the course, should, based on science and ethics, be able to:
  1. Describe basic concepts within epidemiology and public health
  2. Describe national public health aims and guidelines for health promoting health care
  3. Describe common public health problems, give examples of factors of significance for their occurrence and suggest measures that can be used on individual -, group-, and community level
  4. Describe how people are influenced by stress and how stress coping methods can be applied on individual and group level
  5. Apply and explain strategies for health promoting conversations from theories of behavioral change and motivation
  6. Describe and give examples of development and improvement efforts, and how entrepreneurial principles can be used in health promotion practices.
  7. Describe and explain diet advice based on knowledge of nutrition and Swedish nutritional recommendations for groups with different needs and public health problems.
  8. Describe the physiological bases of massage and its application to promote health, and be able to use Swedish classical massage as a method from basic physiotherapeutic principles.
  9. Apply basic body awareness training and describe for how one’s training influences body perception.

Promoting health on individual, group and community level
  • Health promotion methods within physiotherapy
  • Epidemiology and its application in public health
  • Public health problems, national public health aims and guidelines for health promotion and preventive methods in health care
  • Perspectives and concepts in health promotion; holistic, salutogenesis, empowerment, participation.
  • Conditions for behavioral change at individual level, health pedagogics and health educational tools to preserve and improve health.
  • Central concepts in stress theory
  • Physical, mental and emotional stress reactions and strategies for stress management on individual and group level.

Entrepreneurship in health promotion practice
  • Entrepreneurial principles of relevance for health promotion practice
  • Development and improvement efforts

  • Influence of basic nutrition and diet influence on health
  • Diet from a public health perspective

Classical massage from the perspective of basic physiotherapeutic principles
  • Physiological bases of massage treatment, indications and contraindications
  • Swedish classical massage, massage grips and techniques
  • Energy-saving working postures, ethics and treatment

Basic body awareness
  • Theory and practical training in basic body awareness

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
All parts of the course are based on the student’s own studies, individually or in groups with study assignments, lectures and seminars. The basic body awareness component includes teacher-supervised exercises and the student’s daily exercising of basic body awareness for a long period of time; along with documentation of how this practice influences the student’s own body perception. The classical massage includes instruction in the form of teacher-supervised exercises where theory and practical training are integrated and individual training together with fellow students’ takes place.

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.
  • Learning outcome 1 is examined through individual examination (Internet examination) (Test 0007)
  • Learning outcomes 2-6 are examined through a group assignment that is presented at a seminar, and through an individual report and a seminar (Test 0002)
  • Learning outcome 7 is examined through a group assignment that is presented at a seminar (Test 0003) 
  • Learning outcome 8 is examined through a practical test with theory questions (Test 0004)
  • Learning outcome 9 is examined through a seminar (Test 0005)

Criteria for Pass and Pass with Distinction are stated in the study guide.  

This is a first-cycle course. A Study Guide can be found in the virtual classroom in Canvas. A pass in this course is a prerequisite for Work Placement and the thesis.

Transition terms
The course is equal to S0074H.

Katarina Mikaelsson

Transition terms
The course S0084H is equal to S0074H

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 1
Abrahamsson, Andersson & Nilsson (red)..(2013). Näringslära för högskolan. Liber AB.
Carter, R Ed (2015) Rehabilitation Research Principles And Applications. Elsevier Health Sciences.
Faresjö, T& Åkerlind (red).(2005). Kan man vara sjuk och ändå ha hälsan? Frågor om liv, hälsa och etik i tvärvetenskaplig belysning. Lund: Studentlitteratur *
Kostenius C. & Lindqvist A-K. (2006). Hälsovägledning- från ord och tanke till handling. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Lindholm., T (2017). Massage för idrott prestation och hälsa. Sisu Idrottsböcker.
Lundvik Gyllensten, A., Skoglund, K. & Wulf, I. (2015). Basal kroppskännedom: den levda kroppen. (1. uppl.) Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Nordic Council of Ministers (2012). Nordic Nutrition Recommedations. [Elektronisk resurs]
Socialstyrelsen (2015). Nationella riktlinjer för sjukdomsförebyggande metoder. [Elektronisk resurs]

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Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Health Promotion and Entrepreneurship: gr assignm, sem, repU G VG *4.30MandatoryA14
0003Nutrition: Group Assignment and SeminarU G#0.70MandatoryA14
0004Massage: Practival and Theoretical testU G#1.00MandatoryA14
0006Basic Body Awareness: SeminarU G#1.00MandatoryS16
0007Epidemiology: Individual Web ExaminationU G#0.50MandatoryA19

Syllabus established
by 29 Jun 2014

Last revised
by HUL HLV 26 Feb 2019