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Theory and Management in Health Promotion, 5 Credits

Swedish name: Teori och management inom hälsopromotion

This syllabus is valid: 2022-05-23 and until further notice

Course code: 3FH084

Credit points: 5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Public Health: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Department of Epidemiology and Global Health

Established by: Programme council for Master Programmes in Public Health, 2020-11-18

Revised by: Programme council for Master Programmes in Public Health, 2022-05-02


This course aims to increase the students' knowledge about health promotion through developing their skills in planning, and understanding about implementing, programmes to promote health and prevent disease. Theories, frameworks, approaches and research central to health promotion as a professional practice will be discussed and applied in the context of programme management and design.

Expected learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
After completing the course, students shall be able to:
  • Explain the role of programmes, practitioners and communities in health promotion practice.
Skills and abilities
After completing the course, students shall be able to:
  • Define the scope of health promotion programmes.
  • Explain how the scope of health promotion programmes can be achieved though relating strategies with expected goal(s).
  • Apply theories, frameworks and research in the design of health promotion programmes to ensure strategic planning and evidence-based or evidence-informed implementation.
Judgement and approach
After completing the course, students shall be able to: 
  • Identify and select strategies to achieve the goal(s) of health promotion programmes.

Required Knowledge

For non-programme students applying as freestanding course students, the requirements are 120 ECTS, of which a minimum of 30 ECTS are within one of the following: health sciences, environmental health or social sciences. English proficiency equivalent to English B/6 from Swedish Upper secondary education.

Form of instruction

Teaching is given in English and carried out through lectures (face-to-face or recorded) and group work in addition to a compulsory seminar and written home assignment.

Examination modes

The course is examined individually through active participation in compulsory seminars/group work and a written home assignment. The compulsory seminars/group work can be awarded G (Pass) and U (Fail), while the written exam is awarded with the grades VG (Pass with Distinction), G (Pass) and U (Fail). The overall grades for the course are VG, G and U. In order to be awarded Pass for the entire course, all examination parts need to be Passed. To be awarded with Pass with Distinction, it is required that the the written home assignment is awarded Pass with Distinction. Students that do not receive a passing grade on the written home examination will be required to revise their exam according to comments provided by the examiner and re-submit their work for a second assessment within the time-line determined by the examiner. After revising their home exam, the student can only obtain the grades Pass or Fail, but not Pass with Distinction.
If there are special reasons, the examiner has the right to decide whether another form of examination can be used. It is only allowed to supplement a failing grade to a pass. Supplementation to achieve a higher grade is not allowed. A student who has failed two tests for a course, is entitled to have another examiner appointed, unless there are specific reasons against it. A written request should be submitted to the director of studies.

Deviations for the course syllabus' examination may be made for a student who has been subject to a decision granting pedagogical support due to a disability. Individual adaption of the examination form shall be considered based on the student's needs. The form of examination is adapted within the framework of the expected study results of the course syllabus. At the student's request, the course coordinator shall promptly decide, in consultation with the examiner, on the appropriate form of examination. The decision shall then be communicated to the student.


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