Healthcare Science and Care Sciences: Conceptual Foundations

Course code: H1F5741

The aim of the course is two-fold. First, to introduce concepts that shape and are shaped by ideas and histories in the spectrum of healthcare science and care sciences. Secondly, to trigger critical reflection about how these ideas impact on a knowledge continuum relevant in understanding choice of research methods as well as in impacting on research, higher education, and practice..

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Applying to the course

The course is given as part of the Doctoral Programme in Health Care Science (PUF-V) but may also be taken as an individual course when it is given.


KI's courses are open for registered doctoral students at all higher education institutions, as well as for KI post docs. If space allows, other applicants with a PhD may also be accepted. 


Application for the fall semester 2024 is not possible as the course will not be running during this period.

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About the course

The course commences with an introduction of concepts related to healthcare science and care sciences, to trigger critical dialogue about: what is care science, what is healthcare science, and what is it not? Illustrations will be used to generate discussion about research methodologies, methods, and how these are situated in conceptual contexts of relevance. The course builds on illustrations from different fields such as nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, public health, and social work.


The course is designed to constitute a series of expert lectures, and seminars in combination with active group work, individual writing, and oral presentations, which will culminate in a written examination. The learning experience builds on a combination of active reading and own reflection in combination with dialogue around learning activities with other course participants and faculty.


All course activities are mandatory and will be offered in a combination of on-campus and online meetings. Absence of max 20% can be compensated for by additional tasks in agreement with the course organiser. 


If you have questions regarding the course please contact the course leader (see contact information further down).


Registering in Ladok 

Registration for the course is mandatory. The registration period opens one weeks before the course starts and ends three days after the start. For more information, please see: Using Ladok as a doctoral student.

To log in to Ladok and register, please see: Ladok login page for students.

Please note that doctoral students at KI use their KI-login to login, while external PhD students login by using their KI student accounts (which must thus first be activated).

To learn more about how to activate your student account, please see: My student account


Accessing the IT based digital learning platform Canvas

Students will collaborate with help of the IT based learning platform Canvas. Access to Canvas will be given approximately one week before the course starts. You can read more about Canvas through the link below.


Student IT for external PhD students and central IT support/Helpdesk for KI doctoral students/staff members

All external PhD students who need help with activating their KI student accounts and/or logging in to Canvas must contact the Student IT support center.

All KI doctoral students in need of IT support related to their KI accounts must instead contact the central IT support for staff members, i.e. Helpdesk.


The course will not be running during the fall semester 2024.

Course evaluation

Course evaluations are collected via the quality system KI Survey and in conjunction with the guidelines set by the Committée of Education at Karolinska Institutet.

Most recently completed course evaluation (will be published here when available).

Contact information

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Eric Asaba

Course director and examiner
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Hélène Von Strauss

Course administrator
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Caroline Erika Mattisson

Doctoral education administrator (NVS)
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Chris Bengtsson

Coordinator for the Doctoral Programme in Health Care Science (PUF-V)