Communication and Decision making in Prehospital Emergency Medical Care (MPH110)

This course aims to increase student knowledge in communication and decision making, to develop their ability to reflect on prehospital emergency situations, and additionally, to develop an awareness of human dignity and integrity during critical incidents.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


Course code




Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start


Number of semesters


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Language of instruction



  • Communication and collaboration
  • Cultural competence
  • Ethics and values in communication
  • Human vision/ dignity
  • Management and Crew Resource Management techniques
  • Decision making
  • Shared decision making

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed this course should have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The candidate

  • Can critically appraise key knowledge in communication, related to human factors, decision making and management in prehospital emergencies
  • Has thorough knowledge of theory of effective communication within a team, as well as with patients and relatives in emergency situations


The candidate

  • Can critically evaluate human factors that are involved when faced with critical incidents and describe the application of crew resource management techniques to minimize risks and improve outcomes
  • Can evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of inter-agency working, specifically in relation to management, decision making, communication and team working

General Competence

The candidate

  • Can demonstrate the ability to execute professional communication in relation to patients, next of kin and others involved in critical incidents
  • Can display the ability and willingness to collaborate inter-professionally
  • Has an awareness of ethical considerations during communication

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home exam, 3000 words (+/- 10%) 1/1 14 Days Letter grades

Coursework requirements

Reflection paper, 80% class attendance

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Lena Ailin Heimvik

Study Program Director:

Per Kristian Hyldmo

Course teacher:

Matthew Hilditch

Method of work

The teaching will be arranged in concentrated on-campus modules. The teaching and learning style is interactive and reflective, using presentations and dialogue/discussions, simulation and group work drawing on both the expert teachers and the experience of the student.

Open for

Prehospital Critical Care (PHCC) Emergency Medical Care - Part-time (Master Degree Program) Prehospital Critical Care (PHCC) Emergency Medical Care - Full-time Master Degree Program

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto