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Postgraduate course

Musculoskeletal disorders in primary health care: individual and societal challenges. Long-lasting conditions

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeHELSAM332
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian, English if necessary
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Level of Study




Teaching semester


Objectives and Content


The aim of the course is that the student acquires thorough knowledge and understanding of the development and consequences of long-lasting musculoskeletal disorders for the individual and society. An aim is also to illuminate complex causal relationships and explore the scientific, philosophical and clinical basis for management and prevention of long-lasting musculoskeletal pain.


We will address the current scientific platform to understand how long-lasting musculoskeletal pain and disorders in the individual become a challenge for the individual and society.

The scientific literature will be critically analyzed regarding the evidence provided. Public health perspectives and intersectionality theory will be included. The perspectives of interdisciplinary collabortation, different professional settings and system architecture will be discussed. Attention will be paid to the patient and society perspective.

Learning Outcomes


After completing the course, the student has:

- Up-to-date knowledge about pain mechanisms as a basis for understanding long-lasting musculoskeletal pain and its management

- In-depth knowledge about prevalence, development and manifestations of common long-lasting musculoskeletal disorders and their management 

- In-depth knowledge about complex causalities (physical, psychological and social) of musculoskeletal disorders, including intersectionality theory 

- Knowledge about the first-person perspective on longlasting musculoskeletal disorders

- Basic knowledge of measures and measurement properties commonly used in research regarding musculoskeletal disorders 

- In-depth knowledge of how long-lasting musculoskeletal pain and disorders can lead to work disability

- Understanding of how culture and politics, together with multiple individual, healthcare, workplace and legislative system factors influence the area of health and work


After completing the course, the student can:

- Analyze and discuss multiple factors that may be of importance for the individual and society in individuals with long-lasting musculoskeletal conditions 

- Discuss factors that can prevent the development of long-lasting musculoskeletal disorders

- Discuss the impact of musculoskeletal disorders in society

General competence

After completing the course, the student can:

- Understand the consequences of long-lasting musculoskeletal pain for the individual and society

- Identify gaps in the scientific literature where more knowledge is needed 

Required Previous Knowledge

Clinical health-related bachelor education

Access to the Course

Students enrolled in Master program in health and society

International students with relevant educational background.

Teaching and learning methods

Student-active forms of teaching and learning will be used, such as:

  • Lectures, including student preparation and Team based learning (TBL)
  • Seminars with oral presentations and discussions
  • Group-work
  • Written assignments

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Active participation in seminars and group work

Forms of Assessment

Individual, written assignments

Grading Scale

Grading scale A-F

Assessment Semester


Reading List

Reading list at Mitt UiB

Course Evaluation

Evaluation with report in the database for study quality every 4th year.

Programme Committee

Program committee for the health sciences is responsible for content, quality, and structure of Masterprogram in health and society.

Course Administrator

Faculty of Medicine/Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care is administratively responsible for the course.


Contact Information

Contact address:studie@igs.uib.no