FH3001 - Work and Health


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination and Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 50/100 1 days ALLE
Oral examination 50/100 1 days ALLE

Course content

Based on the national strategy for joint efforts for work and health and based on relevant research literature, the subject will elucidate and discuss matters that are important for sustainable participation in paid employment. Teaching will emphasize the challenges for different groups such as youth, immigrants, elderly and people with reduced functional ability for whatever reason. Perspectives from health promotion, prevention and rehabilitation are integrated. The course clarifies how cultural, organizational and social conditions both inhibit and promote people or groups' ability to participate in payroll work. Basic topics highlighted are interventions and policies that support work inclusion and social equality; the Norwegian welfare state (current situation, development over time, future perspective and international comparison), sick leave and health related benefits. Furthermore, the role of various parties in work life, health and welfare, their common and distinctive competence as well as arenas and methods for cross-professional cooperation are highlighted. Models for the knowledge-based evaluation of health, function and ability to work are presented. Knowledge-based interventions for work inclusion and occupational rehabilitation with goals to promote participation in work life are central

Learning outcome

Based on social, organizational and cultural issues, the course will enable the student to assess the resources and challenges of individuals, groups and businesses when wage and health promoting activities are to be made for different populations.

The student:
• has in-depth knowledge of current social policy strategies, and objectives related to work and health
• has broad knowledge of social, organizational and individual factors that may affect the ability of individuals and groups to participate in working life
• has updated knowledge about the health and welfare system, working life, law and regulations and decision-making processes in connection with the health and welfare services
• has research-based knowledge on sickness absence patterns, participation, inclusion and people falling out of work in Norway and comparable countries
• has broad knowledge of key themes, theories, models and issues in the field of work health and work inclusion
• can use a health promotion, prevention and rehabilitation perspective in relation to employment participation
• can apply knowledge about challenges in complex work-based interventions (including occupational rehabilitation) as an interdisciplinary discipline with anchoring in various theoretical models with individual, work and system perspectives.

The student:
• can apply relevant theory, empirical data, and models to describe and discuss current health promotion and preventive actions related to work and work outcomes
• can translate knowledge about work inclusion in relevant population groups
• can evaluate and disseminate independent scientific work
• can exchange views and experiences across professional areas relevant to work health and thereby contribute to the development of good practice (cooperation competence)

General competence
The student:
• can integrate and communicate professional issues in new areas and contribute to innovative efforts in terms of work inclusion
• can analyze the need for interdisciplinary and multi sectorial collaboration at the individual and system level and use this knowledge for new thinking in the field of practice and research
• can identify the opportunities and challenges of the field of practice and research for the development, implementation and evaluation of new interventions that have a goal of employment

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars, workshop, homework, own studies, co-student responses, TBL (team-based learning). The course will be held in Trondheim.

Prior to the third gathering students should submit a written work requirement based on a self-selected topic covered in the curriculum and at least three scientific papers related to the topic. The written work should contain a brief description (1-2 pages) of how the research question is defined, and how information is obtained (method). APA is used for referencing in text and in reference index. The work is handed in on the learning platform with teacher access and is assessed as approved / not approved by the teacher. The written work must be approved in order to qualify for the course exam.

The fourth gathering includes a compulsory seminar with presentation of an abstract in a plenary session including feedback and opposition by a fellow student.
Prior to the fourth gathering an abstract of max 500 words is delivered based on work requirement 1 and additional relevant literature. The abstract should contain: Introduction, problem to be addressed, method (literature search), results, and implications for practice / conclusion. The student presents abstract in plenary. The work is handed in on the common learning platform accessed by teachers and students.
Students should have read through another student's written work in advance (abstract), and will take the role of respondent and opponent during the student's presentation of the abstract. A list of criteria to be used during the fellow student response is made available.
Completion of the written work (abstract) and the oral student response form constitute work requirements 2 and are considered together, after possible revision, as approved / not approved.
The written work must be approved in order to qualify for an exam in the course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Self-chosen topic illuminated with three scientific articles
  • Fellow student response to self-chosen topic

Further on evaluation

Oral presentation of the selected subject in the form of an electronic poster (based on work requirements 1 and 2). Content of the electronic poster and the oral presentation are weighted 50/50. Grade by letter.

A re-exam is held for students with valid absence or the result "not passed". For students with the result "not passed", a revised and improved version of the failed submission and presentation are required. The student is entitled to an hour supervision. For students who deliver for the first time a postponed examination (e.g. valid absence at the ordinary exam), the same rules will apply as for the ordinary exam, i.e. as if this was the first submission.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Completed bachelor’s degree. The course belongs to the master’s programme in Public Health.

Course materials

To be announced

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level



Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
  • Public Health
  • Medicine, Health and Social Studies.
  • Medicine
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Public Health and Nursing



Examination arrangement: Oral examination and Work

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Oral examination 50/100 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD work 50/100 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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