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Postgraduate course

Learning from the COVID-19 pandemic: an interdisciplinary approach

  • ECTS credits3
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeELMED328
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

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ECTS Credits


Level of Study

master and Ph.D

Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

To analyse the pandemic from multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives in order to achieve a better understanding of the generation of knowledge used to understand and address an unprecedent global health threat in society. Further, to reflect upon different approaches to complexity and uncertainty for better preparedness for new crisis.

Learning Outcomes

A candidate who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge. The candidate ...

-understands the complexity and uncertainty in the development of evidence regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

- can evaluate the expediency and application of different methods and processes in research projects related to the pandemic from different disciplines

- can contribute to the development of new transdisciplinary knowledge, new theories, methods, interpretations and forms of documentation in the field

Skills. The candidate ...

- can formulate complex problems, research and scholarly and/or artistic development work incorporating different perspectives

- can carry out research and scholarly and/or artistic research work of a high international standard

- can handle complex academic issues and challenge established knowledge and practice in the field

General competence. The candidate ...

- can identify new relevant ethical issues and carry out his/her research with scholarly integrity

- can discuss complex interdisciplinary assignments and projects

- can assess the need for, initiate and practice innovation

Required Previous Knowledge

University Master student or completed BSc

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Good knowledge of the English language, both written and oral

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

SDG928 - complete overlap

Access to the Course

PhD students at any Faculty are the main group. Students enrolled at any Faculty at UiB in their last year of Master studies. The course is especially recommended to students attending the master programme in Global Health, students enrolled in similar Master programmes at UiB and medical students. Students enrolled in PhD and Master programmes at other partner universities can also attend.

Teaching and learning methods

  • Face-to-face lectures, including Case-based learning (CBL) and Team based learning (TBL),  four days a week for 2 weeks (first Friday free for group work, second Friday evaluation)
  • Group work based on previously defined exercises every afternoon during 2 weeks and work on individual assignments

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • 80% attendance on practical sessions like group work is required
  • Accepted presentation of group work
  • Electronic course evaluation
  • For PhD accepted essay

Forms of Assessment

Evaluation of group work presentations (passed/failed - bestått/ikke bestått)

(For PhD students, essay (5-10 pages))

Examination Support Material

Preparation for the presentation will take place in groups, and all support material can be used. The presentation and questions answered in the examination will reflect the knowledge and skills of the student.

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester


Reading List

Leganto via MittUiB

Course Evaluation

Evaluation every third year

Programme Committee

Programme Committee for medical education (PUM)

Course Coordinator

Professor Esperanza Diaz Perez

Course Administrator

Andrea Magugliani


Exam information