FH3006 - Evidence-based Public Health


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oral examination 30/100 15 minutes
Assignment 70/100 1 semesters

Course content

The course provides a practical introduction to evidence-based public health. A primary aim is that students should be able to apply the knowledge gained in the course when working with specific public health challenges and interventions within a well defined topic of choice, preferably related to the student's own field or community. In this way, the student's work can contribute to improved population health. Advice will be given on choice of topic when the course starts. The course focuses on conducting a community assessment, developing a statement of the issue, as well as planning and evaluation of interventions. The value of evidence-based pratice and the use methods to ensure such practice, will be emphasized throughout the course. The students will gain experience of searching for knowledge, critically evaluate research on health promoting or disease preventing interventions for groups or populations and how this knowledge can be implemented in practice.

Learning outcome

Upon completion, students have aquired: General competence: * Evaluate the need for health promoting or disease preventive interventions related to a defined population health concern, and contribute in planning, implementation and evaluation of such interventions. * Present key elements of a topic in health promotion and/or disease prevention in an organized and clear manner Knowledge: * Explain general principles and theories in health promotion and disease prevention * Lay out key instruments and methods in health promotion and disease prevention, in particular work targeting groups or populations * Describe key national and local stakeholdes in public health and their responsibilities * Outline the basic prinsiples of how public health is regulated in national law, recommendations and guidelines * Explain key nasjonal programs for primary and secondary prevention * Provide examples of local public health interventions * Explain key elements of planning and implementation of a public health intervention Skills: * Retrieve and evaluate information on measures of health and disease occurrence * Retrieve information on public health interventions and evaluate its reliability, including its relevance and feasibility for a particular group or population * Assess choice of study design for evaluation of a public health intervention * Consider benefits and harms of various public health interventions * Discuss ethical aspects of public health

Learning methods and activities

Lectures/seminars and group exercises. Preparation for teaching-learning activities. The students work on their course assignment throughout the term. The course will only be offered if a sufficient number of students register.

Compulsory assignments

  • Task hand-in

Further on evaluation

Individual, written course assignment counts 70% of the course grade, oral presentation of the same assignement counts 30%. If failed: Individual supervision for 1 hour followed by resubmission. The type of assessment is the same in case of postponed assessment.

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 bachelors degree.

Course materials

Recommended book: Evidence-base Public Health. Third edition. Brownson, Baker, Deshpande and Gillespie. Oxford Univeristy Press. 2018. Other relevant literature will be provided during the course.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
  • Public Health
  • Epidemiologi
  • Public Health
  • Medicine, Health and Social Studies.
  • Media Studies and Communication
  • Medicine
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Public Health and Nursing



Examination arrangement: Assignment and Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Oral examination 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 70/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Assignment 70/100 INSPERA
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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