HLS8008 - Research on Health Promotion/Positive Health Research


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course takes up different perspectives in health promotion research. The course gives historical background for the development of Health Promotion Research, the theoretical approaches that is most evident and the empirical methods that is basis for the research. The course aims at giving background for critical discussions both on the theoretical approaches as well as to the empirical research, and challenges the students to be innovative in thinking on how translational research can contribute so empirical research results can be understandable to practise areas, and implemented and evaluated in practical settings. The course will focus on the development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion procedures and research in the health service and in society. This and other health theoretical approaches will be basis for discussions in a salutogenic framework. The areas that the course offers approaches to will typically be in global health research, health promotion among the ill, health promotion in the life span, health promotion in the work place and Best Practice in health promotion.

Learning outcome

This course aims at updating the students on new theoretical and empirical research on the health promotion research area. The course further has as an objective to develop critical thinking both toward theoretical approaches and empirical research on that area. Students are also given the opportunity to give feedback on other people's research and to critically evaluate their own research. It is a goal to develop a deeper understanding for different methods used on the research area, both in quantitative as well as in qualitative measures. It is further a goal to develop an understanding in the students that there is much to gain from studying bordering research areas and possible contributions theoretically as well as methodologically.The course also focuses on the implementation of research results.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, student presentations of papers with feedback from the teachers and audience. Emphasis is placed on student active learning with some lectures. The course is taught in English. If less than 5 persons are registered the course may be cancelled. Participation is mandatory. The course coordinator may approve up to 20% absence from mandatory lectures.

Compulsory assignments

  • Participation, presentation of paper and paper discussions

Further on evaluation

The students are required to submit a paper (10-15 pages double line spacing, including references), which must be sent in about two weeks before the course starts (you will receive an invitation from the course administrator to submit your paper). The content of the paper may for instance be theoretical or empirical material you are working with in your research project or thesis, work in process. The paper must be presented as part of the course work. There will in advance be appointed discussants among the students and facilitators for each paper, the student discussants must be well prepared and will act as opponents.

Required previous knowledge

The student must be enrolled in the PhD programme in Medicine, Health Sciences or Social Sciences.

Course materials

Will be given at the announcement of the course. Usually journal articles.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  5.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Farmakologi
  • Physiotherapy
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Radiography
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Nursing and Midwife
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Public Health and Nursing


Examination arrangement: Assignment

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



Room Building Number of candidates
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