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Communication and Decision making in Pre Hospital 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 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.





Vekting (SP)


Semester undervisningsstart


Antall semestre






Tilbys av

Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed this course should have 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 pre-hospital emergencies.
  • Can understand how communication and ethical knowledge is performed within the team and related to patient and relatives/others in an emergency situation.


The candidate

  • Can critically evaluate human factors contributing to the critical incidents and describe the application of crew resource management techniques to minimize future risks.
  • Can evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of multi-organizational working, specifically in relation to management, decision making, communication and team working.

General Competence

The candidate

  • Can demonstrate the ability to apply professional communication related to patients, next of kin and others involved in critical incidents.
  • Can display the ability and willingness to collaborate inter professionally.
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Cultural competence 
  • Ethics and values in communication
  • Human vision/ dignity
  • Management and Crew resource management techniques
  • Decision making
  • Shared decision making 
Required prerequisite knowledge
Eksamen / vurdering
Vurderingsform Vekting Varighet Karakter Hjelpemiddel
Home exam, 3000 words (+/- 10%) 1/1 14 Days A - F

Coursework requirements
Reflection paper, 80% class attendance
Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Lena Ailin Heimvik
Study Program Director: Per Kristian Hyldmo
Course teacher: Marte Knudsen
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 - Master Degree Program
Course assessment
Student evaluation of this course will be conducted in accordance with faculty requirements.
The syllabus can be found in Leganto