Public health and universal design
2013-2014 - ERG3021 - 15 ECTS


  • ERG1031 Introduction to universal design and welfare technology
  • ERG2001 Psychosocial and somatic disabilities Part 1
  • ERG2011 Psychosocial and somatic disabilities Part 2.  Focus on public health and lifestyle illnesses
  • EPR2011 Practice 3 Public health and lifestyle illnesses

Expected learning outcomes

The aim of the course is for the student to acquire insight into how the basis for universal design is the natural right of all persons to participate in society. The student will learn how the promotion of health can be designed, organized and evaluated (health promotion and health management).

Knowledge : The student will be able to:

  • Account for knowledge about health promotion and public health, and explain the concept of public health, give various definitions of health and of measures in connection with health, use of concepts like health determinants, risk groups and health personnel resources
  • Explain key concepts in the field of health promotion, concepts like empowerment, health promotion, the quality of life and salutogenesis
  • Be aware of how the health of people is connected to people’s ability to cope, being included and able to participate, and understand the relationship between a universally designed society and the way this has an influence on public health

Skills : The student will be able to:

  • Explain the contents of International Conventions, national laws and regulations which form the basis of universal design
  • Formulate a specific example of how health-promoting strategies can be implemented and evaluated during a period of practice

General competence : The student will be able to:

  • Discuss how ethical aspects in the field of public health and in the field of the science of public health can be evaluated and assessed
  • Plan, initiate and motivate for health-promoting measures within the field of occupational therapy


  • Health promotion
  • Occupational therapy
  • Universal design
  • Search for literature
  • Reading scientific literature in a critical way and being able to produce writing according to scientific standards.

Teaching Methods

PBL (Problem Based Learning)

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course uses PBL as a pedagogical method. In this course this means working in basic units in addition to lectures, seminars, project work and self-study.

Form(s) of Assessment

Home exam, see textarea
Written exam, 4 hours

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

The assessment consists of an exam in 2 parts:

  • Part 1: Home exam 4 weeks (counts for 50%)
  • Part 2: Written exam 4 hours (counts for 50%)
  • Both parts must be awarded a passing mark for the course to be approved

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

  • 2 internal examiners for the home exam
  • Internal and external examiners for the written exam

Re-sit examination

Re-sit exam will be conducted according to exam procedures for Bachelor in occupational therapy to be found on the home pages of the university college. In case of a failing grade for part of the exam, the student will only have to re-sit for this part of the exam.

Examination support

None (during the written exam)

Coursework Requirements

Approved obligatory attendance during the course. Obligatory attendance is described in detail in the curriculum and in the course schedules.

Teaching Materials

Bachelor in Occupational Therapy at GUC has resource literature. An overview of updated resource literature can be found on the homepages of the university college. Tutoring in the choice of literature will be given by the course teacher.

Additional information

Autumn 5. Term allows for internationalization. Students can apply for exchange studies during the 5. Term and we accept students from abroad. Arrangements will be made so that students can do parts of their programme abroad, and we will also allow for incoming students from our partner universities. All parts of this course will be taught in English in consideration of incoming students when this is the case. In order to be eligible for exchange programmes, departing students from Norway must have been awarded a passing grade for all exams and for internal tests during the programme.