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Patient safety - theory and practice MHV264

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.





Vekting (SP)


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Learning outcome

Upon completion of this course, the students are expected to have the following knowledge, skills and competence:

Advanced knowledge

The candidate;

  • 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

General competence

  • 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:
  • System perspective
  • Patient perspective
  • Role of governmental bodies, policy and practice
  • Interaction and transitions
  • Risk-based approach
  • Resilience
  • Leadership, learning, safety culture and work environment
  • Education, simulation and training
Required prerequisite knowledge
Eksamen / vurdering
Vurderingsform Vekting Varighet Karakter Hjelpemiddel
Term paper 1/1 A - F All

Coursework requirements
Submitted and approved essay about the research problem for the individual assignment (maximum 500 words).
Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Hilda Bø Lyng
Course coordinator: Hilda Bø Lyng
Study Program Director: Margareth Kristoffersen
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.

Open for

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.

Course assessment
There is continuous evaluation of the quality of the teaching and learning experience according to current regulations.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Patient safety - theory and practice (FXMHV264) 10
Patient safety - theory and practice (E-MRS170) 10
The syllabus can be found in Leganto