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Welfare and Health Technology

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Elective courses for autumn 2020 will be published in week 11.

The registration will open on monday 16/03/2020 at 09.00 (week 12)
The registration will close on sunday 29/03/2020 at 23.59 (week 13)

About the course

The focus in this elective element is on welfare and health technology, – technologies with the potential to promote health. In the Nordic Countries and in Denmark we use the term ‘Welfare Technology’, which refer to technology that prevents, assists or delivers welfare service. Regarding the term ‘Health

Technology’ we refer to WHO’s definition that refers to the application of organized knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of lives. Internationally the term ‘Assisted living technology’ covers what we define as welfare technology.

Technology has become an increasingly important part of everyday life for all of us, and the use of welfare and health technologies has become more acceptable and established in healthcare. We see an increased use both in hospitals, communities and in health clinics inclusive by the general practitioner. The citizens might stay longer in their own home with the possibility of obtaining an improved quality of life being more independent and having personal freedom. The development of the community demands innovative skills and theoretically based considerations concerning the use of technology. We need to modernize and optimize public health services related to healthcare correct and an ethically implementation process is essential and of utmost importance to obtain successful results. This requires a thorough introduction to the users of the technologies, e.g. the health professionals and the citizens.

Therefore, all health professions should be introduced to technology and include lessons about welfare and health technologies in their curriculum. It is an important factor as it contributes to an efficient improvement of the areas of nursing, personal care and rehabilitation. In this elective element, there is a strong focus on active student participation in order to achieve the necessary competences regarding the use of technology in healthcare.

The course is worth 10 ECTS points, divided into theory (4 ECTS) and application (6 ECTS).

Structure and content in the 6 weeks

During the six weeks, we work with the following themes, terms and subjects among others:

Introduction, upstart of portfolio/log including goals for the element, knowledge sharing about the theme welfare and health technology, telemedicine as a discipline, assessment of solutions regarding health technology/telemedicine, and telemedicine in relation to chronic diseases, eg. COPD, diabetes, home monitoring.

Appreciative communication. apps used promoting health, apps used in relation to cardiac rehabilitation, sleep and stress.

Technology and training/rehabilitation, motivational theories, ethics and welfare technology, professions work with welfare and health technology and the demand for new skills.

Working in groups with a theme, lessons by students, cluster counseling, visits to the field of practice.

Working in groups with project, lessons by students, cluster counseling, finalize project and prepare for individual assignment/abstract.

Each student elaborates an individual abstract based on the theme from the group project.

Aims and objectives

The Aim is also to ensure the dissemination of welfare technologies worldwide. In recent years, the Danish public sector has invested in welfare technology, and export knowledge internationally regarding welfare technology solutions and is now in a strong position as front-runner.

We provide an international study with lessons in English for the students from above mentioned health educations achieving knowledge, skills and competences related to welfare and health technologies. There is focus on technologies, promotion of health related to chronic diseases.

The students are able to achieve below mentioned knowledge, skills and competences participating in the 7rd semester and the elective element, “Welfare Health Technology – solutions promoting health”. These abilities sustain the student’s compliance relating to the learning objects at the 7rd semester in the particular health education.


  • Definitions of the following terms; technology, welfare technology, health technology, telemedicine, apps used in
  • The variation of health technology – and presented solutions promoting health regarding chronic diseases. E.g. welfare technologies, telemedicine and apps
  • Promotion of health with technology
  • Appreciative communication
  • Motivational theory
  • Ethic and considerations using technology
  • Psychology related to and using technology
  • Assessment methods concerning welfare technologies, telemedicine solutions and regarding the use of apps


  • Promoting health with technologies
  • Interdisciplinary and mono-disciplinary interventions in using, working and assessing the selected technology solutions promoting health
  • Communicating appreciatively in groupwork
  • Motivational approach in group work and using technology
  • Considering ethic aspects related to and using technology
  • Considering psychological aspects using technology
  • Critical assessing different technologies, such as welfare technologies, telemedicine solutions and apps


  • Extended knowledge using technology in healthcare
  • Understanding the variation and potential of using technology in healthcare
  • Technological profile regarding promotion of health via technologies, in particular regarding the six selected technologies
  • Communicating appreciatively with students colleges in group work, and concerning technology projects
  • Considering ethic aspects when using technology
  • Psychological knowledgeable concerning the interference of and when using technology in healthcare
  • Critical thinking and capable of assessing various type of technologies; e.g. welfare technologies, telemedicine solutions and regarding the use of apps

Learning methods

Various types of learning methods is used, e.g. theoretical presentations, collaborative literature research, group lessons, group work and discussions, field studies, practical experience/exercises, student presentations, lessons by students, and preparations for study activity. The aim is that the students obtain basic knowledge about technologies used in healthcare and develop the required skills and competences by discussing and evaluating topics and methods. Furthermore, specific days allocated for self-study is part of the course.

The students will be working with a student’s portfolio/log as a tool for reflections trough the course.

During the elective element, we work with asynchronous, synchronous and collaborative communication learning technologies inclusive the use of video.

Course assessment/examination

The students will work in groups with a self-elected health topic and technology during the first five weeks. All students have to participate in the lessons prepared by students. Each group presents the project with opponents from a second group, which has to prepare questions referring to the subject of the presentation in the end of week 5. The last week each student has to elaborate an abstract related to the group project. The approval is giving by participation at all presentations of the groups, participation in all student lessons and handing in the individual abstract on 3 pages (- max 7200 signs incl. space and a literature list on max. 1 page = totally 4 pages). The individual abstract will be rated according to learning objectives and the 7-scale (BEK nr. 114 af 03/02/2015).

Practical information

  • Bioanalytiker
  • Ergoterapeut
  • Ernæring og Sundhed
  • Fysioterapeut
  • Psykomotorisk terapeut
  • Sygeplejerske
  • Global nutrition and health


Københavns Professionshøjskole
Campus Nordsjælland
Carlsbergvej 14
3400 Hillerød

It runs for the first 6 weeks of the 7rd semester. From week 6 to the end of week 11.


The course is worth 10 ECTS points.

When you start - Literature

The curriculum, the recommended literature and the “Study Activity Plan” will be available two weeks before the course begins, in ‘ItsLearning’, which is University College Copenhagen’s learning management system.


Henrik Koblauch Baldvinsson
Physiotherapist Education

Line Wagner Sønderby
Nursing Education

Pia-Lis Jensen
Nursing Education

Waltraut Lissau
Nursing Education