HMAN5150 – Management in practice (HR-management)

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Course content

Human resource (HR) management is important for recruiting, training and developing competent employees and leaders. The course gives an introduction to the field of HR-management within a health care context. You will gain understanding of the role of HR in health care organizations, and will learn how to think systematically and strategically about individual and organizational development. 

Learning outcome

Upon completion of this course, it is expected that the student should be able to:



  • Describe current HR-management challenges in healthcare
  • Explain theories and research about motivation, job satisfaction, and employee engagement
  • Describe approaches to recruitment and retainment of personnel in health care
  • Explain associations between employee development and organizations' performance


  • Analyze HR-challenges in health care organizations from various theoretical perspectives
  • Measure human resource performance within an organization
  • Manage conflicts and negotiations
  • Develop and present a plan for training and developing a pool of high potential candidates for current and future organizational needs

General competence

  • Facilitate organizational growth and change through HR-management


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


Recommended previous knowledge

You are recommended to have some prior knowledge about management in healthcare. HMAN4100 – Fundamentals of management can serve as a good introduction. 


Lectures and group work.


Written exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. 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 in autumn 2018.

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