FH3010 - Systematic Work in Public Health - From Theory to Practice


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral presentation of assignment 30/100 30 minutes A
Assignment/thesis 70/100

Course content

The course provides an introduction to systematic, evidence-based public health. A primary aim is that students will apply the knowledge gained in the course in working with a current public health challenge and interventions within a defined area. The topic will be defined in collaboration with field workers and teachers. Thus, the student may contribute to current public health, and at the same time become qualified to address future public health challenges. The value of evidence-based practice and useful tools to ensure such practice will be emphasized throughout the course. The course focuses on systematic work processes, such as the Trøndelag model for Public Health, including community assessment and issue statement, planning, development and implementation of interventions, as well as evaluation and improvement of interventions. In case of discrepancy between the Norwegian and the English course description, the Norwegian version should be considered as the most accurate.

Learning outcome

Upon completion, student is capable of:

General competence:

• Systematically evaluate the need for health promoting or preventive interventions related to a defined public health concern, and contribute in planning, implementation and evaluation of such interventions

• Present key elements of a public health concern in an organized and clear manner


• Lay out the purpose, key instruments and methods in evidence-based public health

• Outline the basic principles of how public health is organized and regulated

• Provide examples of local public health interventions

• Explain key aspects of planning and implementation of a public health intervention


• Apply models for systematic public health work on specific public health concerns

• Retrieve and evaluate information on measures of health and disease occurrence

• Retrieve research-based knowledge on public health interventions and evaluate its reliability, as well as the relevance and feasibility of the intervention for a particular group or population

• Assess types of evaluation and choice of study design for evaluation of public health interventions

• Assess different approaches to involve users and stakeholders in decision-making and development of interventions, including how to create mobilization and processes of change

• Consider benefits, harms and ethical aspects of various public health interventions 

Learning methods and activities

Lectures/seminars and group exercises. Preparation for teaching-learning activities. The students work on their course assignment throughout the term.

Compulsory assignments

  • Submission of assignment draft
  • Log of the group's work

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Completed bachelor's degree.

Course materials

Recommended book: Evidence-based Public Health. Third edition. Brownson, Baker, Deshpande and Gillespie. Oxford University Press. 2018. Other relevant literature will be provided during the course, but must also be searched by the students themselves as part of training in relevant skills for public health.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science

Department with administrative responsibility
Department of Public Health and Nursing


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Assignment/thesis 70/100



Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral presentation of assignment 30/100 A 2022-06-03 08:15
Room Building Number of candidates
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