HGOV5200 – Topics in Health Policy

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Course content

This course will provide students with:

  • Knowledge about the complex nature of health care
  • The skills, concepts and styles required by all leaders within the system
  • The need for healthcare professionals to develop skills enabling them to work in multi-disciplinary teams and with others outside of the health care system
  • Knowledge about the complexity of putting the patient at the centre of Healthcare

Preparatory work

There is one compulsory activity before the start of the course:

Prior to attending, please read The Norwegian Government’s plan for the care services field for 2015-2020 available at

This document will form the basis of understanding Health Care Policy in Norway. (If Norway is not your home country, you may find it useful to look for a similar document for your own country). We will use the document throughout the course, so it is important that you have read it and thought about the following questions prior to attending:

Who are the two main players in the Healthcare plan?
What are the three main areas which receive special attention?
What are the implications of this plan for:
Where new hospitals are located and built
Quality improvements
Digital resources

Come to the course prepared to discuss these issues and how they are likely to impact on the skills you will require as a healthcare Professional.

Learning outcome

After completion of this course, students will be able to:


  • define the current context, expectations and challenges for front line and strategic leaders within healthcare


  • critically analyse the domain of knowledge, practise, processes and concepts that support leadership within the health care context
  • identify and critically explore the challenges that leadership in multi-layered environments in health-care and/or social-care settings present
  • explore and apply a range of leadership tools and techniques when interacting with patients and other stakeholders

General competence

  • explore the values, attitudes, behaviours and skills required of a leader and identify areas for personal development. 


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.



1 Term Paper 4000-6000 words, excluding references.

The paper is graded on the following criteria:

  • Knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts/models/theories, use of up-to-date research
  • Analysis and evaluation of the theories and models, including development and clarity of argument
  • Application to own work-based situation to apply the theories/models/research in a real-world context
  • Originality and intellectual application
  • Demonstration of academic principles and rigour in presentation of the work, including appropriate referencing.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

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

Resit an examination

For HEPMA students:

For Eu-HEM students:

An EU-hem student cannot present her or himself for the examination in a course more than two times. There will be held re-sits for EU-hem students who have failed an exam or who have legitimate absence (usually illness) in January and August. If you are entitled to a re-sit you must contact the student advisor via email no longer than one week after the result of the exam has been published.

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.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


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






The course will not be offered spring 2022

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