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Selected topics in Quality and Patient Safety

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Learning outcome

The following learning outcomes will be achieved after completion of the course:
The PhD candidate will:
  • Possess advanced knowledge of quality and patient safety as a research field.
  • Possess advanced knowledge of relevant theoretical approaches and methods.

The PhD candidate can:
  • Apply relevant theoretical approaches and methods on selected quality and patient safety topics.
  • Critically analyze the relationship between micro, meso, and macro level factors and their influence on quality and patient safety.

General competence
The PhD candidate can:
  • Organize and present selected research literature on quality and patient safety and lead discussions in open seminars/groups.
  • Search for and apply research literature to analyze a self-selected research problem that can be developed into a scientific article.


The course addresses selected topics within quality and safety in healthcare and gives the PhD candidate in-depth knowledge and analytical skills at an advanced level. The course focuses on topics that are key to understanding and analyzing quality and patient safety together with influencing mechanisms at micro, meso, and macro levels. Examples of topics:
  • Regulation and inspection strategies
  • Handovers, care coordination, and safety culture
  • Simulation, training, and education
  • Teamwork and micro systems
  • Reporting and learning from adverse events
  • Improvement and improvement strategies
  • The role of patients
  • Resilience

Required prerequisite knowledge

Master level within medicine, health sciences, societal safety, social science, or similar educations.


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Individual paper1/1 Pass - Fail
List of self-selected literature (approx 500 pages) to be submitted together with the individual paper.

Coursework requirements

  • Presentation of scientific literature in open seminars/discussion groups.
  • Prepare a short abstract (approx 250 words) on the self-selected research topic to be addressed in the individual paper. Abstract should include background, topic, research problem/question, and plan for relevant literature searches. The abstract will be approved by the course coordinator.
  • List of self-selected literature of approx 500 pages relevant for the individual paper.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Siri Wiig , Karina Aase

Method of work

The working methods of the course will vary depending on research topics and number of participants. The methods will include supervision, scientific paper writing, presentation of scientific material, critique and defense. The course will be based on open seminars/discussion groups where the candidate(s) present(s) and lead(s) discussions related to the curriculum contents.

Open to

PhD candidates enrolled at the PhD programme in Health and Medicine, the PhD programme in Social Sciences, University of Stavanger, and other PhD candidates in Norway or abroad within similar scientific fields.

Course assessment

Early dialogue with the PhD candidates and submission of final electronic evaluation form according to UiS regulations.


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 25.09.2020