MEDFL5165 – Psychosocial measures, psychiatry, and communication skills

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Course content

The course will be a one week course:

Day 1 General introduction to psychosocial and psychiatric concepts and research including factors that may impact on measures (e.g. cognitive ability, culture).

Day 2 and 3 will be about basic psychometrics, design of surveys, development of questionnaires, reliability and validity, use of appropriate statistics for analyses of data. This includes also measures of mental disorders and other clinical cases such as structured interviews.

Day 4 and 5 will be about communication skills research: Introduction to common coding systems, qualitative methods, conversation analysis, observational and experimental designs, research of communication skills training.

The course will fit a broad area of medical disciplines and specialties in addition to psychiatry and behavioural sciences. This applies to both traditional biomedical specialties – where patient satisfaction and subjective patient outcomes are becoming increasingly important, in addition to traditionally psychosocial-oriented specialties such as family medicine and community medicine.

Learning outcome

  • Knowledge and skills in developing reliable and valid questionnaires and relevant survey designs

  • Knowledge and some skills in statistical analyzes of questionnaire data

  • Knowledge and skills in basic communication skills research


The course is restricted to students at the Medical Student Research Programme at the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, UiO.

Enrollment to this course is automatically registered in StudentWeb. Applicants will be notified immediately if their application to the course is granted, if the course is full or if the candidate does not meet the formal prerequisite knowledge for admission. Applicants will be put on a waiting list if the course is full.

The courses MEDFL5165 and MF9165 have common admission.


Recommended previous knowledge

Some basics knowledge in statistics and research designs


The course is a 5 days course including lectures and group work.

You have to participate in at least 80 % of the teaching to be allowed to take the exam. Attendance will be registered.


There will be exams in both the psychometrics part and the communication research part.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2018

22.10. - 26.10.

Application period       

1.6. - 15.9.

For more information about course registration see the section about admission


Every autumn

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