This course is about how patient safety can be understood, explained and maintained when a patient is in need of healthcare services. The aim of the course is to give students the knowledge, skills, and analytical capacity to understand the important preconditions necessary for achieving a high level of safety in healthcare (in theory and practice).
Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.
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Number of semesters
Language of instruction
Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences
Upon completion of this course, the students are expected to have the following knowledge, skills and competence:
has advanced knowledge of existing theories and research in patient safety
has advanced knowledge of current practices in patient safety in the Norwegian health care system
can assess differences between an individual perspective and a system's perspective on safety
has advanced knowledge of how risk-based methods, simulation, safety culture and learning can be used as a means in patient safety work
can assess how patient experiences can be incorporated in patient safety work
To apply theories/methods to improve patient safety in practice
To evaluate scientific publications on patient safety
To analyze different theoretical, methodological and practical approaches to patient safety
Course content is based on recent safety research in healthcare, however, examples from other sectors of society are applied when relevant. The course covers the following main topics:
Role of governmental bodies, policy and practice
Interaction and transitions
Leadership, learning, safety culture and work environment
Education, simulation and training
Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment
A - F
Submitted and approved essay about the research problem for the individual assignment (maximum 500 words).
Hilda Bø Lyng
Study Program Director:
Method of work
There will be a combination of lectures, group work and individual assignments on campus and/or digitally. Teaching will extend over 2-4 days depending on the number of students.
Note: If only a few students are registered, the course can be organized as a supervised reading course.
The course is open to all master's students.
Candidates with a relevant bachelor's degree may apply for admission to the course if there is availability.
There is continuous evaluation of the quality of the teaching and learning experience according to current regulations.