FH3011 - Children and Youth: A Fundament for Public Health


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination and work
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Poster 50/100
Oral examination 50/100

Course content

The health of the coming generation forms the foundation of a sustainable welfare state. Based on national and international strategies for children and young people's health and welfare and available knowledge, the course will address the biggest prevailing public health challenges in adolescence. The course provides an in-depth introduction to the Norwegian child and adolescent population's health situation, as well as children and young people's rights, welfare and education. The course will pay special attention to young people's everyday life arenas (family, local environment, kindergarten and school) where health is created and threatened and where one has the opportunity to perform universal and targeted measures against all or parts of the child and adolescent population (individual, group, population) . The course emphasizes both health-promoting, preventive and critical understanding frameworks in public health work.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student should:


  • have in-depth insight into the health situation of the child and adolescent population in Norway, including the importance of social health determinants and social inequality in health.
  • Have in-depth insight into children's and young people's rights, welfare and growth
  • Have knowledge of the importance of children and young people's general everyday life arenas in public health work
  • Have knowledge of the importance of collaborative-competence, multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral public health work for children and young people
  • Understand the importance of knowledge-based public health work aimed at children and young people's health "here-and-now" and in a life course perspective


  • be able to obtain and assess the reliability of knowledge about public health initiatives among children and young people and reflect ethically on public health measures
  • be able to identify and analyze relevant methods in public health work aimed at children and young people, including planning, participation and involvement methods
  • be able to integrate and communicate professional issues regarding public health among children and young people to different target groups (children / young people, the general public, decision-makers and professionals)
  • be capable to take a critical analytical stand at the current normative trends in public health work for children and young people

General competence:

  • know the current national and international strategies for children and young people's health and welfare
  • be able to assess the need for health-promoting and preventive initiatives for children and young people and contribute to the planning, implementation and evaluation of measures aimed at family, local environment, kindergarten and school
  • be able to see the connection between structural level and individual level when it comes to identifying children and young people's health and welfare problems and resources

Learning methods and activities

Pedagogical organization: Lecture, seminar, group work, home assignments, self-study, fellow-student response. The teaching takes place in Trondheim. Reservations are made for a sufficient number of registered students for the course to be offered.

Compulsory assignments

  • Course work

Further on evaluation

Students can sit for the exam after the compulsory work requirements have been approved. Approved work requirements are valid for up to 2 semesters.

The students work in small groups of a maximum of 3 students in all work requirements. Between sessions 2 and 3, each student couple/group submits the first written work requirement which consists of a self-chosen topic covered by a minimum of 3 articles/book-chapters from the syllabus and a minimum of 3 self-chosen scientific articles. The written work must contain a short description (approx. 2 pages) of the selected topic, problem statement, and how the information is obtained (method). APA is used for literature reference in text and in reference list. The work is submitted on the learning platform with access to a teacher and is assessed as approved / not approved. Work requirement 1 must be approved in order to sit for the exam in the course. The last teaching week contains a compulsory seminar based on work requirement 1 with an oral presentation based on the work requirement and academic discussion / fellow student response. Final exam: Electronic poster and oral presentation of the chosen topic based on work requirements 1. The students who have worked together in the compulsory exercise prepare a poster together and each presents their own part of this orally. In addition to presenting their part, each student must individually account for their contribution to the poster and promote their reflections on process and substance. Content in electronic records (assessed equally for those who have prepared it) and oral presentation are weighted 50/50 to pass / fail.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor degree or equivalent.

Course materials

Will be given i Blackboard when the term starts.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FH3003 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
  • Epidemiologi
  • Public Health
  • Community Medicine and Medical Sociology
  • Sociology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Public Health and Nursing


Examination arrangement: Oral examination and work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 50/100 2022-11-01 08:15
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Poster 50/100
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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