FH3103 - The Biology of Ageing and Health Challenges in Older Years


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

Mechanisms of ageing. How to study ageing and the changes that define ageing. Age changes on cellular, organ and functional level.
Primary and secondary ageing. Common diseases in older years. The connection between normal ageing and disease. Older citizens’ use of health and care services.
Rehabilitation in old age. Anti-ageing as prevention of disease or by manipulating basic biological processes. Social and psychological preconditions and consequences of anti-ageing.

Learning outcome

The student has broad knowledge and comprehension of
-biological age changes and challenges for public health in older years
-common diseases in older years and the use of health and care services among older citizens.
-differences between primary and secondary ageing and the plasticity of ageing

The student can
-reflect critically on various aspects of anti-ageing
-use professional knowledge and relevant research on practical and theoretical questions concerning the health of older citizens and their use of health-and care services

General competence
The student can
-exchange informed views on the biology and health of ageing with professionals, the general public and with older persons themselves, and thereby contribute to prevention of unnecessary health problems among older citizens

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and group work. Guidance.
A group essay on a given topic.
Literature studies.

Mandatory assignments:
Participation in a student group delivering a mutual essay.

Compulsory assignments

  • Group work

Further on evaluation

Home exam (individually). Essay on a chosen topic approved by the lecturer. Scope: 2000 words.

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.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Public Health (MFHLS)

Required previous knowledge

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

Course materials

Further information at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MGE4031 7.5 01.09.2018
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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
  • Medicine, Health and Social Studies.
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Health Sciences Gjøvik



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