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Postgraduate course

Patient Communication

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeNUCLI355
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian and English
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Level of Study

Master's in clinical nutrition

Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

Working professionally as a clinical nutritionist (CN) requires an understanding of the individual in the biological, psychological and social context. As a CN it is necessary to master clinical communication, consultations and the treatment of patients. Communication is required with both individuals and groups with the aim of changing behaviour. It is therefore necessary to know about educational methods and motivational conversation techniques.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the students are expected to have:


  • capable of describing communication processes and challenging situations in clinical communication
  • capable of describing common ethical challenges in clinical communication


  • capable of applying patient-centred consultation techniques
  • capable of applying motivational conversation techniques
  • capable of using own techniques in oral or written presentations and dissemination


  • ability to communicate with patients and the public

Required Previous Knowledge

Completion of BSc human nutrition

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Teaching is student-centred, based on dialogue, reflection and experience

Lectures about 20 hours, practical exercises about 4 hours, consultation about 17 hours

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Participation in the exercises, consultation

Presentation of an assignment

Forms of Assessment

Mandatory participation (at least 80%).

Grading Scale

Passed / failed

Course Evaluation

There will be a written evaluation at the end of the course.


Contact Information

studie-nutrition@uib.no/ +47 55 97 30 41 / +47 55 58 25 35

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