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Introduction to Health Research

Course description: Getting insight into health is the overarching theme shared by members of the health research community. The goal is pursued in many different ways as illustrated by the very wide range of topics and methods covered by researchers at the Faculty of Health Sciences: From anthropology over biochemistry, clinical research and demography to zoonosis-studies, just to mention a handful. During your PhD you will contribute to the accumulation of highly specialized knowledge within your particulate field of research. Your specialist knowledge and competences will be invaluable. But refining your insight into other areas of health research may step up the value of your expertise even more.

The course will give you an introduction to the varied landscape of health research topics and methods. You will get an opportunity to meet a couple of the Faculty’s most esteemed researchers as well as fellow PhD students from other areas of health research. And you may be challenged on your understanding on some basic assumptions regarding health science.

Mandatory course: Please note that from 2014 the course is mandatory for PhD students enrolled at The Faculty of Health Sciences. However, you do not have to take the course if you have already taken the former course in "Introduction to Health Research Methods".

Programme for the day:





9.00 – 10.15


Welcome and introduction to the Graduate School

Head of Graduate School, Christian Godballes & Representative from Graduate School Helle Normann Petersen


10.15 - 10.30





10.30 – 13.20


Health Research in a broader perspective – incl. free lunch in the course room.


Professor Kaare Christensen


13.20 – 13.30


Short break


13.30 – 14.15

13.30 – 14.00

14.00 – 14.15


Support for PhD students:


IT support



Karen Lindvig


Torben Pieler


14.15 – 16.00


Introduction to the specific departments


IMM: Uffe Holmskov
IRS: Rikke Leth-Larsen/Sanne Terp Nielsen
IST: Jesper Bo Nielsen/Dorte Gilså Hansen
 KI: Lars Henrik Frich/Kirsten Ohm Kyvik






Course credits: 0,7 ECTS.

Course leader: Associate professor Dorte Gilså Hansen

Course fee:
The course is free of charge for PhD students enrolled in Universities that have joined the "Open market agreement"

For other participants, there is a course fee of DKK 1962,-

Last Updated 22.03.2019