FH3102 - Nature and Culture in Health Promotion 1


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination. For a complete course description, see previous academic years.

Course content

The course has its theoretical basis in salutogenic thinking and resource orientation. This means a positive angle and identification of positive qualities in a community. Salutogenic thinking is a general feature of health promoting work that represents a different way of thinking than the disease prevention work. The course focuses on health-promoting interaction and interplay through nature and cultural activities, both at individual and community-level, including opportunities to engage in local communities. The course shows how health promoting nature and cultural activities with emphasis on singing, music, dance, drama, art, nature, physical activity and movement can be a complement to medical treatment and pathological approach offered in today's healthcare and social welfare system. Health-promoting nature-cultural activities do not require high costs. They also contribute to sustainable development by preventing health problems. The course will also focus on art and architecture to promote health, environment and quality of life. Nature and culture in health promotion represents an alternative to traditional medicine, which often deals with drug treatment, surgery, psychotherapy or physical medicine. The meaning of nature-culture interaction means placing more emphasis on well-being and its positive health-promoting factors as a folk-medical practice. Health-promoting nature and cultural activities have a potential for strengthening health and quality of life by bridging salutogenic theory and practical activities. Nature activities are defined as: outdoor life as we know through contact with mountains, forests, lilies, meadows, water, sea, animals, birds, insects, plants, flowers. Cultural activities are defined as: popular and professional arts, music, crafts and craft, sports and walking as well as other trivial creative activities and experiences

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student


  • has in-depth knowledge and knowledge of the links between nature-cultural activities and health promotion and has specialized insights into a limited area within nature, culture and health promotion.
  • can apply knowledge in the field of study of specific public health interventions within the nature-culture interaction.
  • has in-depth and advanced knowledge of how nature-cultural activities can be a useful supplement or alternative treatment for today's medicine.


  • can analyze and relate critically to different sources of information and apply them to professional work to achieve a better life situation for individuals, groups and communities.
  • can analyze existing theories, methods and approaches within nature and culture as health promoting, and work independently with practical and theoretical problem solving
  • can contribute to networking and collaboration between different professions.

General competence

  • can apply their skills for management, planning and professional positions that focus on mobilizing resources and creating innovation within the topic's theme.
  • can communicate academic issues, be able to analyze issues and draw conclusions both interprofessional and multidisciplinary.
  • can communicate extensive independent work and master the academic expression forms.

Learning methods and activities

It is not obligatory to attend the meetings apart from presentation of work requirements. This can also be done digital from zoom also. The teaching is offered 2 x 2 days per.semester;i.e. 32 teaching hours. A sufficient number of students is reserved for the course to be taught.

Required previous knowledge

Completed bachelor's degree.

Course materials

More information at the beginning of the semester.

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


Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Public Health
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Health Sciences Gjøvik


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