Department of Public Health and General Practice

Programmes of Study

The department is involved a number of different study programmes and individual subjects. For a subject overview, see the DMF's central subject listing. If you have questions about the subjects for which ISM is responsible, you can direct your questions to our study advisers.

Professional Studies in Medicine

The Doctor-Patient course extends over the first two years of the programme of professional studies in medicine. The goal is for students to build basic clinical skills such as communication and practical examination techniques, through meetings with patients, other medical students and actors (F-lab). Patient meetings challenge the student's and the doctor's total competency. The course consequently puts an emphasis on knowledge, skills, and behaviour, and how these are integrated in realistic situations. Another important element in the student's total competency is the relationship between the personal and the professional. The students are therefore given guidance concerning personal development.

Problem-based Learning - PBL – is held in groups with 8-10 students each during the course of the first two years of medical studies. Everyone with teaching obligations participates as a group leader. The instruction takes as its starting point written casuistics, which students turn into problem exercises that they solve together using information about the illness's history.

IIIC is a semester devoted to environmental and community medicine. The core of the semester is a six-week placement in the municipal health services system. The Department of Community Medicine is responsible for the course content of this semester.

Master programs

The Master's in Clinical Health Sciences encompasses 120 credits and is standardized over two years (four semesters). The first and second semesters are comprised of required and elective subjects. The required subjects give students a foundation in methods and knowledge of the health care services. The elective subjects allow students to specialize in selected areas. The third and fourth semesters are devoted to the master's thesis (60 credits), where students have the opportunity to practice and work independently and in a scientific way with a problem in the subject area. The programme encourages students to use experience and knowledge from their everyday lives in their coursework. Instruction is concentrated in intensive blocks of weeks. This makes it easier to combine work and studies. The programme is primarily intended for applicants with a degree from a three-year health sciences programme, but applicants with other degrees may be accepted after individual evaluation.

The Master's in Health Sciences encompasses 120 credits and is an interdisciplinary programme between ISM and ISH (the Department of Social Work and Health Sciences). The programme consists of required and elective courses. The master's thesis (45 credits) can be taken either at DMF (clinical option) or SVT (the Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management) (social sciences option). Instruction is concentrated in intensive blocks of weeks. The programme is intended for those with a three-year health degree from a university college, but students with a master's or bachelor's degree in social sciences may also apply for admission.

Africa Studies is an interdisciplinary three-year bachelor's and a two-year master's programme focused on Africa. The programme is also offered on-line. ISM and another department share responsibility for the "Illness and health in Africa" module (15 credits). The instruction focuses on disease, prevention and health promotion, along with the complex interplay between socioeconomic development, educational levels and health.

"Interdisciplinary Teamwork" is an interdisciplinary course for master's students at NTNU. The course is conducted in conjunction with different study programmes and faculties, and students work together in interdisciplinary groups on a selected problem from the community or the business world. ISM is responsible for a "village" with a community medicine theme. You can read more about this here (in Norwegian).

Continuing education

Norwegian-specific topics for physicians from outside EU/EEA

The Norwegian Directorate of Health has assigned the four Medical Faculties of Norway to arrange a joint course in subjects specific to the Norwegian Health Care system for phyisicians coming from countries outside of the European Union and European Economic Area. The course started in Spring 2011.

The course is divided up in three parts and offers an introduction into the following subjects:

  • Organization of the Health Care system
  • Health - and Social Rights
  • The handling and use of medicines
  • Cultural understanding
  • National areas of investment in health

Requirements for application
Medical education on a level with the Norwegian, as assessed by The Norwegian Registration Authority for Health Personnel (SAFH). This includes proficiency in Norwegian.

Read more about the Norwegian - specific topics here (in Norwegian)

ISM study advisers

Svanhild Stokkan Haugen
Study Adviser for PhD students, Physician-Patient course, and Master in Health Sciences
Telephone: 73598899

Anne-Britt Hofstad
Study Adviser for IIIC og IIID, Placement in the Municipal Health Service
Telephone: 7359756

Borgny Hedvig Wold
Study Adviser for Master in Clinical HEalth Sciences
Telephone: 73598882

May Karin Dyrendahl
Study Adviser for Medical Student's Research Programme
Telephone: 73590139

see webside Medical Student's Research PRogramme

Contact Information:

Visiting address
Håkon Jarls gate 11

Office hours
1230-1430 for student inquiries


Postal address
NTNU, Det medisinske fakultet
Institutt for samfunnsmedisin
Postboks 8905
7491 Trondheim

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