SMEA15082U Field Experience and Exam in Health Systems

Volume 2016/2017

Master of Science in Medicine - compulsory


The course is in two parts: a theoretical and a practical part. The theoretical part takes place at the University of Copenhagen, while the practical part takes place abroad. The preparation in Copenhagen will deal with how the knowledge and skills acquired in the previous six mandatory modules will be put to use when going on the field trip. In addition, the students will be preparing themselves for the departure to their field destination.

For the practical part the students will be going on a field trip to a destination in a low- or middle income society in order to study a health system in a different setting. Staff from the University of Copenhagen will accompany the students and give lectures and supervision during the field trip. In addition, guest lecturers from a local institution will participate in the teaching and supervision of the field work. The students will be divided into groups and will work on a health topic relevant for the field trip setting. Students must take daily notes of their experiences and reflections made during their field stay.

At the end of the module, students must write up a field report based on the group work, but including the individual student’s reflections on the project and field stay. The field report should document the work process reflected in the objectives listed below.

Learning Outcome

At the end of the course the students are expected to know the following:

See Criteria for Exam Assessment below.

Course certificate in Clinical Course in Internal Medicine
Course certificate in Clinical Course in Surgery
Course certificate in Patient Safety and Quality Development
Lectures, class and field-based group exercises; and problem-related learning.
The teaching and exam will be held in English

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  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 100
  • Total
  • 100
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Written report in English
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal assessor
Criteria for exam assesment

To obtain the grade 12 the student must demonstrate the following abilities:

As medical expert, as collaborator, as scholar, as health advocate and as professional.


  • Describe the appropriate study methods concerning field studies of health systems (qualitative/​​quantitative/​​literature review).
  • Describe limitations and ethical issues related to the completed field study.


  • Identify and formulate a relevant and realistic research problem within global health.
  • Identify and formulate relevant objectives.


  • Find, discuss, and evaluate relevant scientific literature in relation to the project
  • Choose the appropriate study methods (qualitative/​​quantitative/​​literature review).
  • Discuss limitations and ethical issues related to the completed field study.