Valmynd Leit

Clinical Primary Health Care in the Community

The program is open to registered nurses if the following criteria are met:

  1. An Icelandic nursing license is mandatory for registering into the program.
  2. The nurse has been granted at least 80%, clinical nurse training position in nursing at a Health care community clinic for a year, from August 1 to July 31.
  3. The nurse must have a two years working experience in the community health care service to be eligible for the clinical nurse training positions.
  4. At the clinic nurses with master's degree and at least 5 years’ experience within the community health care service and has been approved by the HA in the mentoring position.
  5. The clinical nurse student´s clinical training is guided by the MS nurse on a daily bases, as indicated in the clinical courses guidelines.

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 60 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. 

In this study programme, ten courses are compulsory plus a 40 ECTS Master’s thesis, a total of 70 ECTS.

HGE0110  Health Care and Health Promotion 10 ECTS
HHS0110  Health and the Health Service: Position, Policies and Trends 10 ECTS
EIR0110  Qualitative Research  Methods 10 ECTS
MER0110  Quantitative Research Methods 10 ECTS
HHG0105  Health prevention is a service of health care center 5 ECTS
SSM0105  Supportive interviewing and family nursing 5 ECTS
MLA0105  Assessment of physical and psychological health 5 ECTS
VHG0105  Nursing care service to a selected group 5 ECTS
KLF0105  Clinical pharmacology 5 ECTS
SHF0105  Clients with diversified health problems 5 ECTS
MPR0140  Master’s Thesis    40 ECTS

Electives in this study programme amount to 10 ECTS.

BRÞ0110 Health Care in Case of Accidents and Acute Illness 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 60 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


Schools & Faculties

School of Health Sciences

School of Business and Science

Distance Education?????

Graduate Studies????

School of Social Science and Humanities

Resarch Institutes????

University of Akureyri

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

Follow us or share