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HME4207 – Nordic Health Politics and Policy

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Course content

In this course students will get a comparative historical introduction to the health care systems of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Iceland and the Faeroe Islands will only briefly be discussed.

Learning outcome

• to give students a good overview of the developmental characteristics and present nature of the Nordic health care models and how, and why, they differ and are alike
• to develop students’ ability to analyse health care systems in a comparative-historical way
• to make students see the strategic policy potential of a comparative-historical approach to understanding health care systems


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This course will be run as a compact one-week program with classes running from 09:15 to 15:00 from Monday through Friday. The course does, however, presuppose some “ex ante” and “ex post” work. Students are expected to have read the required texts in advance. Students are required to write a term-paper on a topic relevant to the course. This paper should have a length of 8 to 15 ordinary A4 pages. The paper should have a comparative element, and has to be historically oriented. It is to be turned in at the latest one month after the completion of the teaching week. The teaching will combine lectures, group work and plenary discussions. An eighty percent attendance is required.

The course is taught in conjunction with a similar course in the Executive Master’s program in health administration.

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A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


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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.

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