Valmynd Leit

Primary Health Care in the Community

In this study programme, students will gain deeper knowledge and obtain specialisation in the field of primary health care in Icelandic and international context. This programme will benefit individuals who work within the health care service and would like to work on primary health care development as well as having the possibility of affecting social and educational sectors. In the programme the role of primary health care service is viewed from the standpoint of social responsibility in terms of wellness and health of individuals and families. Special emphasis is placed on a solution-based approach and the development and strengthening of the student as an independent practitioner in interdisciplinary collaboration. The programme includes analysis of opportunities within health care and possibility of further development in the primary health care service as well as gaining knowledge about emergency planning for natural disasters or spread of infectious diseases.

Individual students set goals for themselves within the programme and choose courses that best lays the basis for their research in the field of health care. The academic title is Master of Health Sciences with a focus on Primary Health Care in the Community. A Diploma programme of 40 credits is also available. Sigríður Sía Jónsdóttir, Assistant 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 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 Primary Health Care in the Community.

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

HGE0110 Health Care and Health Promotion          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
GHB0110   Mental Health: Issues and Interventions 5 or 10 ECTS
KRA0105  Cancer and Pallative Care 10 ECTS
LSL1015  Chronic Illness 10 ECTS
OFB0105  Trauma and Violence 5 or 10 ECTS
ÖHÍ0105  Aging and Health 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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