Course syllabus for

Professional Identity within Healthcare from a Global Perspective, 3 credits

Professionell identitet inom hälso- och sjukvård från ett globalt perspektiv, 3 hp
This course syllabus is valid from spring 2019.
Please note that the course syllabus is available in the following versions:
Spring2019 , Spring2021
Course code
Course name
Professional Identity within Healthcare from a Global Perspective
3 credits
Form of Education
Higher Education, study regulation 2007
Main field of study 
Not applicable 
GX - First cycle 
Grading scale
Fail (U) or pass (G)
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
Decided by
Education committee NVS
Decision date
Course syllabus valid from
Spring 2019

Specific entry requirements

30 ECTS in Occupational Therapy or in an other subject ( i e nursing, physiotherapy etc) from a foreign institution.


The aim of this international and interprofessional course is to strengthen the students' professional identities and enhancing their knowlegde of intercultural communication skills as well as promote international connections. It aims also to enhance the knowledge of how intercultural aspects influences the work of the different proffessions within the different healthcare systems across the world. This course should make the students more competent to work in a global context.

Learning objectives
The student should on completion of the course be able to

  • analyse and discuss the consequences of function and disability in retaltion to cultural aspects that may exist in different healthcare systems.
  • explane and analyse key components in health care and rehabilitation from a global perspective
  • describe inter-professional and international perspectives of health and rehabilitation
  • understand and have knowledge of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)
  • understand and have knowledge of the World Health Organisation's (WHO's) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)


​The course has two modules.

Interprofessional and international perspectives on health and rehabilitation, 1.5 hp

Grading scale: GU

In module 1, the application of community based rehabilitation in different countries is discussed. Also, the organisation and access to healthcare and rehabilitation in societies, at home and in institutions are addressed. This also includes ethical and socioeconomic perspectives related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Internationalisation at home - homerehabilitation in theory and in practice, 1.5 hp

Grading scale: GU

Module 2 entail internationalisation at the home at the university of each student.  Here students communicate their knowledge on key components important for high quality healthcare as well as the student's particular professional identity from a global perspective, to other peers.

Teaching methods

A problem based and collaborative pedagogical approach to learning is used where the way of working gives the student the possibility to take active responsibility for the individual learning.Teaching methods vary between lectures, seminars, group work and case studies as well preperations and to in a way of your own choosing presenting module two (f e film).

The course coordinator decides whether, and if so how, absence from compulsory course elements can be made up. Study results cannot be reported until the student has participated in compulsory course elements or compensated for any absence in accordance with instructions from the course coordinator.


The course examination is as follow:
Module 1: Interprofessional and international perspectives on health and rehabilitation 1,5 credits

  • a poster presentation carried out in a group

Module 2: Internationalisation at home - homerehabilitation in theory and in practice 1,5 credits

  • an individual written abstract with a plan for a presentation at the home University.

Students who do not pass a regular examination are entitled to re-sit the examination on five more occasions.

Other directives

The course will not be credited in a degree together with another course the student has completed and passed which completely or partly corresponds to the contents of this course.

Literature and other teaching aids

Recommended literature

American Occupational Therapy Association Occupational Therapy Practise Framework: Domain and Process
Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) monitoring and evaluation methods and tools: a literature review. Lukersmith, S; Hartley, S; Kuipers, P; Madden, R; Llewellyn, G; Dune, T 35 (2013) :23, s. 1941-53

Domholdt, E Physical Therapy Research Principles and Applications
Kielhofner, Gary Conceptual Foundations of Occupational Therapy
The relevance of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in monitoring and evaluating Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR). Madden, RH; Dune, T; Lukersmith, S; Hartley, S; Kuipers, P; Gargett, A; Llewellyn, G 36 (2014) :10, s. 826-37

Wilcock, Ann An Occupational Perspective of Health
Wohlin Wottrich A, Stenström CH, Engardt M, Tham K Characteristics of physiotherapy sessions from the patient's and therapist's perspective.
Wohlin Wottrich, Annika; von Koch, Lena; Tham, Kerstin The meaning of rehabilitation in the home environment after acute stroke from the perspective of a multiprofessional team.
Community based Rehabilitation
Global Health tools