Valmynd Leit

Aging and Health

In this study programme, students will gain a deeper knowledge and specialisation in aging and health in Icelandic society. The programme will benefit individuals in their job and empower them to deal with the various challenges that await professionals in services for the elderly. The elderly are the fastest growing group in society, and health, activity and well-being are the keys to improved health for this age group and society as a whole. Students set their own goals within this study programme. The Department Head of this line of study is Kristín Sóley Sigursveinsdóttir, Assistant Professor. She assists students in setting their goals and identifying courses that give the best foundation for their Master's thesis. This 120 ECTS Master's degree programme is divided into 60 ECTS of coursework and 60 ECTS for the Master's thesis. The academic title is a Master's degree in Health Sciences with a focus on Aging and Health.

In this study programme, four courses are compulsory, a total of 40 ECTS, plus a Master’s thesis.

ÖHÍ0105  Aging and Health 10 ECTS
HHS0105  Health and the Health Care System: Status, Goals and Trends           10 ECTS
EIR0155  Qualitative Research  10 ECTS
MER0110  Quantitative Research 10 ECTS
MPR0160  Master’s Thesis 60 ECTS


Electives in this study programme amount to 20 ECTS.

BRÞ0110  Health Care in Case of Accidents and Acute Illnesses 10 ECTS
EEL0105  Rehabilitation, Empowerment and Quality of Life                             10 ECTS
GHE0110  Mental Health: Issues and Interventions  5 or 10 ECTS
HGE0110  Health Care and Health Promotion 10 ECTS
KRA0105  Cancer and Palliative care  10 ECTS
LSL1015  Chronic Illness 10 ECTS
OFB0105  Trauma and Violence 5 or 10 ECTS
ÞFS0105  Servant Leadership, Management and Reflection 10 ECTS


Students can also attend elective courses at other universities, subject to the approval of the Head of Faculty and the Master’s thesis supervisor

Course and programme structure

Please click on the course number link for course descriptions and learning outcomes.
See more in the curriculum about the 120 ECTS Master's programme and learning outcomes
See more in the curriculum about the 40 ECTS Qualification at Master's level and learning outcomes

For more information on this study programme, please contact:

Office Manager of the School of Health Sciences:
Ingibjörg Smáradóttir.Ingibjörg Smáradóttir
tel. +354 460 8036
fax: +354 460 8999
ingibs@unak.is 



Department Head of this study programme:
Rannveig GuðnadóttirRannveig Guðnadóttir
By appointment
rgudnad@unak.is 

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University of Akureyri

Sólborg v/norðurslóð         600 Akureyri, Iceland         unak@unak.is         S. 460 8000 / f: 460 8999

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