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Chronic Illness and the Challenges of Life

In this study programme, students will gain deeper knowledge and specialisation in the field of chronic illness. This study programme will benefit individuals in their job and empower them to deal with the various challenges that await professionals in the service to those who struggle with chronic illness. The number of individuals with chronic illness has been increasing in recent decades and continual advances in treatment require greater knowledge and expertise on the part of health care professionals. The students set their own goals within the programme. Dr. Árún K. Sigurðardóttir, Professor, is the Department Head of this study programme. She assists students in goal setting and identifying courses that best build the foundation for their Master's thesisThis 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 Chronic Illness.

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

LSL1015  Chronic Illness and the Challenges of Life      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 Allnesses 10 ECTS
EEL0105  Rehabilitation, Empowerment and Quality of Life                             10 ECTS
GHB0110  Mental Health: Issues and Intervention 5 or 10 ECTS
HGE0110  Health Care and Health Promotion 10 ECTS
KRA0105  Cancer and Palliative care  10 ECTS
OFB0105  Trauma, Violence and Traumatic Stress   5 or 10 ECTS
ÖHÍ0105  Aging and Health in Icelandic Society 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:

 Anna Bryndís Sigurðardóttir

Anna Bryndís Sigurðardóttir, Office Manager of the School of Health Sciences
tel. +354 460 8036


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University of Akureyri

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

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