Postgraduate course

Foundations of Health Promotion

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGLODE306
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

ECTS Credits


Level of Study




Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The objective of this Module is to explore the foundations of health promotion theory, practice and research, originating in the WHO Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. The general approach of all aspects of the health promotion specialisation is a resource-based perspective. Students are encouraged, through multiple learning methods, to develop an understanding of the conceptual, theoretical and philosophical frameworks that underpin health promotion. Research-based examples and applications will be used to relate Health Promotion principles and concepts to topical development issues such as climate change and migration.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the students should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student has in-depth knowledge of:

  • The concepts, principles and ethical values of health promotion as defined by the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (WHO, 1986) and subsequent charters and declarations
  • The concepts of health equity, social justice and health as a human right as the basis for health promotion action
  • The determinants of health and their implications for health promotion action
  • The impact of social and cultural diversity on health and health inequities and the implications for health promotion action
  • Health promotion models and approaches which support empowerment, participation, partnership and equity as the basis for health promotion action
  • The current theories and evidence which underpin effective leadership, advocacy and partnership building and their implication for health promotion action
  • The current models and approaches of effective project and programme management (including needs assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation) and their application to health promotion action
  • The communication processes and current information technology required for effective health promotion action
  • The systems, policies and legislation which impact on health and their relevance for health promotion.



The student will have the ability to

  • work collaboratively in groups to solve problems
  • critically analyse and extract the essence of written texts in short annotated summaries
  • select and apply relevant health promotion principles and theories to solve practical and theoretical problems


General competence:

By the end of the course the student has:

  • The ability to critically analyse written and oral material from a resource-based perspective
  • The ability to apply knowledge and skills in new areas to complete complex assignments

Required Previous Knowledge


Access to the Course

Open to all students registered in Master's Programme in Global Development in the Health Promotion track.

Open to master's students registered in other relevant programmes at UiB.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The teaching methods will consist of lectures a Problem Based Learning (PBL) component.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • Annotated bibliography of selected texts from 100 pages of the compulsory readings
  • Participation in the PBL tutorials and presentations.
  • Individual reflection on PBL problem

All activities and assignments must be completed and approved before the student can proceed to the home exam.

Forms of Assessment

Home exam (7 days, 3000 words)

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester


Reading List

Will be made available on 1st December for the spring semester and 1st June for the autumn semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in accordance with the Faculty of Psychology's routines for participatory evaluation and the University of Bergen's Quality Assurance System.

Programme Committee

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology.

Course Coordinator

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology.

Course Administrator

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology.


Contact Information

Faculty of Psychology,

Information Centre:


Tlf: (+47) 55 58 27 10

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Home exam

    Assignment handed out
    07.09.2018, 09:00
    Submission deadline
    14.09.2018, 12:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam