The course takes place in period

  • 3 (2023-01-01 to 2023-03-19)
  • 4 (2023-03-20 to 2023-07-31)


Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

10 cr

Competency aims

At the end of the course the student is
expected to be able to

  • Have an in-depth understanding of the use of
    advanced research methodologies in various
    fields of healthcare research, as well as
    understand implementation and analysis processes
    involved in the various research designs

  • Demonstrate an ability to plan, implement and
    critically evaluate various research designs and
    their use within various fields of
    healthcare/leadership research.

  • Justify for relevant research methodology
    choices in relation to the students chosen
    thesis topic

  • Understand, consider, apply and promote
    research ethics as well as comply with ethically
    sustainable research practices.

  • Foster a positive attitude towards sustaining
    a life-long scientific based learning approach.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is
expected to

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and
    critically select appropriate literature to
    formulate and answer research questions/hypotheses
    or contextualise research aims
  • Show autonomy and ability in designing a
    feasible and ethical research study that can
    appropriately address a given research question
    as well as understand the advantages and
    limitations of the chosen research design
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct
    qualitative/quantitative analyses and report
    the outcomes according to discipline conventions
  • Illustrate critical thinking through the
    ability to understand and evaluate the current
    literature and approaches, identifying the limits
    within methodological literature and designs
  • Conduct and interpret advanced quantitative
    analyses using appropriate statistical tools
  • Interpret, and effectively communicate
    empirical research in written form

Prerequisites and co-requisites

A bachelor degree and at least two years work
experience gained after completing the higher
education degree

Additional information

Note that the Leadership for Nordic Healthcare
programme is entirely online, and therefore this
course will consist of online activities only. The
course requires active commitment each week, as
peer-learning and self-driven learning activities
are the foundation for deep learning.

Recommended or required reading

Peters, D.H., Adam, T., Alonge, O., Agyepong, I.A.
and Tran, N., 2013. Implementation research: what
it is and how to do it. Bmj, 347, p.f6753.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 60 hours
  • Individual studies - 210 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 270 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 270 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Supported virtual education

Assessment methods

Exams (written-, oral-, home-)

Assessment requirements

The assignment for this 10 ECTS study unit is
three folded:
Qualitative and quantitative learning path. You
are all asked to identify, plan, participate and
finish two separate online courses of your own
Hand in your Learning diary (1 page) on ITS
learning (20% of final grade).
Written methodology overview. Write a methodology
overview on two different methods usable for your
topic. Discuss how your topic can/or have been
researched from a qualitative and a quantitative
approach. Your written methodology review should
be around 5 pages excluding references (70 % of
final grade).
You need to regularly and actively participating
in research methodology debates arranged during
spring 2022. There will be 5 sessions and you need
to participate in at least 4 of them.
Participating regularly and actively in the
research methodology debates grants you 10 points
for this study unit (=10% of final grade)


  • Forss Mia
  • Grönlund Anu
  • Jeglinsky-Kankainen Ira
  • Pyhäjärvi Daniela
  • Tana Jonas


Forss Maria

Group size

No limit (11 students enrolled)

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

Course enrolment period

2022-12-26 to 2023-01-22

Assessment methods

2022-05-02 - Exams

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