Aging and Age-Related Disorders from a Biological, Epidemiological and Clinical Perspective, 15 creditsÅldrande och åldersrelaterad sjuklighet ur ett biologiskt, epidemiologiskt och kliniskt perspektiv, 15 hp
- Course code
- Course name
- Aging and Age-Related Disorders from a Biological, Epidemiological and Clinical Perspective
- 15 credits
- Form of Education
- Higher Education, study regulation 2007
- Main field of study
- Not applicable
- Second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- 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
- Autumn 2023
Specific entry requirements
A Bachelor's degree or a professional degree equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits in health care or medicine. Alternatively, a degree in social work. And proficiency in English equivalent to English B/English 6.
The purpose of the course is to gain comprehensive theoretical and methodological knowledge on aging and health from a biological to a societal level, to address the complexity and heterogeneity of health in older age.
On completion of the course, the student should independently be able to:
- explain the biological, social, psychological, and environmental aspects of aging, as well as of human longevity and global aging
- outline the multidimensional determinants of morbidity and dysfunction from a life-course perspective
- describe the development of physical and cognitive deficits in normal and pathological aging from a clinical perspective
- explain the main causes and consequences of the most prevalent geriatric syndromes
The course consists of two parts.
Aging and age-related morbidity from a biological and epidemiological perspective, 7.5 hp
Biological, social, psychological and environmental aspects of aging (including active aging and quality of life), including demography and longevity (including theories of aging) as well as risk and protective factors for morbidity from a life-course perspective.
Aging and age-related morbidity from a clinical perspective, 7.5 hp
Physical and cognitive function and geriatric syndromes (eg, multimorbidity and polypharmacy, frailty, functional decline/disability, falls, delirium, pressure ulcers and urinary incontinence).
The content of the course is based on recent research findings in the field, followed by different activities where students are asked to critically reflect in relation to their work/professional role. The learning activities will consist of a blended-learning approach with campus meetings mixed with online teaching in the form of lectures, group discussions, and seminars. Group discussions and seminars require active participation.
The course is examined through group assignments (formative assessment) and individual written assignments (summative assessment). In addition, active participation in group discussions and peer review of other students' assignments are required.
The examiner decides whether, and if so how, absence from or failure to complete compulsory course elements can be made up. Study results cannot be reported until the student has participated in or completed compulsory course elements or compensated for any absence in accordance with instructions from the examiner. Absence from, or failure to complete a compulsory course element could mean that the student cannot retake the element until the next time the course is offered.
Late examinations will not be considered. Students who do not submit their assignment on time are referred to the re-examination. The examiner will decide whether a student has special reasons for the delay.
Students who have not passed the regular examination are entitled to participate in five more examinations. This does not apply when the course has been discontinued or undergone major changes. Students who do not pass the examination after three completed examinations can be offered to retake parts or the entire course one more time. This option will be subject to course availability.
If there are special reasons, or a need for adaptation for students with disabilities, the examiner may decide to deviate from the syllabus' regulations in terms of examination form, number of examinations, possibility of supplementation or exemption from compulsory educational elements, etc. Content and learning outcomes as well as the level of expected skills, knowledge and abilities must not be changed, removed or lowered.
Course evaluation is carried out according to the guidelines that are established by the Committee for Higher Education, basic and advanced level, at Karolinska Institutet.
The course may not be credited in a degree together with another course the student has completed and passed the contents of which completely or partly correspond to the contents of this course.
Literature and other teaching aids
Ageing Research Reviews, 2011 URL: Aging with multimorbidity: a systematic review of the literature
Lancet, 2013 URL: Frailty in elderly people
J Intern Med., 2014 URL: Advances in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease and dementia
Age & Ageing, 2020
Gerontology, 2014 URL: Lifestyle factors related to mortality and survival: a mini-review
Cell, 2013 URL: The Hallmarks of Aging
Nature, 2010 URL: Biodemography of human ageing
Gerontologist, 2009 URL: Aging and Cumulative Inequality: How Does Inequality Get Under the Skin?