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Programme Councils at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences - MH

Norsk versjon - Studieprogramråd ved Fakultet for medisin og helsevitenskap

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (MH) has established programme councils for all its bachelor's, master's and PhD programmes. The members of the programme councils include professors, administrators, students and external representatives, and they usually meet once or twice per semester. The councils are chaired by a head of programme.

Mandate for Programme Councils for Bachelor's and Master's Programmes at the Faculty of Medicine #

The programme council must advise the Dean and Heads of Departments on matters that concern the quality, academic and teaching profile, content, structure and implementation of the programme of study.

The council's tasks #

  • Ensure the long-term development of the study programme to fulfil the mission, the requirement for relevance, and the requirement for research-based education.
  • Help to ensure the quality and relevance of the study programme(s) through development of learning outcome descriptions, and recommend necessary measures.
  • Monitor non-continuation and student flow patterns and recommend necessary measures.
  • Advise on the design of the programme: composition of courses, progression, specializations/programme options and electives including student exchange.
  • Assess whether the courses included in the programme have learning activities and assessment forms conducive to achieving the overall learning outcomes for the programme(s).
  • Provide input to the annual evaluation of the programme.
  • Contribute to and follow up the periodic evaluations of the programme.
  • Advise on development of the learning environment for the programme. 
  • Submit statements to consultative hearing processes that affect the programme.
  • Advise on student recruitment and marketing, as well as admission requirements and capacity.

Composition and term of office #

The programme council is designated by the Dean. The Dean decides which programmes of study are to be included in the same programme council. Where there are several levels of study, from one-year programmes to master's programmes, these should be covered by the same programme council. (One-year programmes, bachelor’s degrees, further education programmes and master’s rogrammes. In this connection, further education refers to programmes based on a bachelor’s degree forming part of the ordinary academic portfolio (not to paid programmes)).

The programme council should normally have the following composition:

  • Programme leader(s)
  • Study programme coordinator(s), if required
  • Academic staff representing the academic breadth of the study programme(s)
  • Student representatives
  • External representatives from relevant sectors of the working world
  • Administrative employee, who can function as a secretariat for the council

Any deviation from the proposed composition must be justified.

A programme council should preferably not exceed 10 members.

If the council covers several programmes of study with different programme leaders, leadership of the study programme area should rotate among the programme leaders.

If a programme is offered in more than one university city, all the cities must be represented in the programme council.

The programme council usually meets 1–2 times per semester, and the meetings should be linked to milestones during the academic year, such as the work on programme descriptions and the quality assurance report.

The term of office is 4 years. The student representatives have a one-year term of office and are appointed by the Student Council at the Faculty.

Programmes of study that are offered in more than one university city are to have a joint programme council and one programme leader, but may have one or more local study programme coordinators. The study programme coordinator is appointed by the Dean and, in close cooperation with the programme leader, is to coordinate and implement academic activities in the relevant university city.

The combined management of the study programme consists of the programme leader and any study programme coordinators.

Council Members for International Master of Sciences Programmes #

Exercise Physiology #

See the Programme Council for the MSc in Physical Activity and Health.

Global Health #

Members of the Programme Council for the MSc in Global Health, 2018-2021: 

  • John Øyvind Odland (chair), Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU
  • Elisabeth Darj, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU
  • Jennifer Infanti, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU
  • Professor Johan Håkon Bjørngaard, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU
  • Ragnhild Lier, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU
  • Marit Hovdal Moan, REK
  • MSc student NN
  • MSc student NN

Ragnhild Lier is the secretary of the programme council.

Molecular Medicine #

Members of the Programme Council for the MSc in Molecular Medicine, 2018-2021:

  • Toril Holien (chair), Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU
  • Magne Børset, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU
  • Frank Skorpen, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU
  • Marit Barstad, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU
  • Denis Kainov, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU
  • Professor Berit Johansen, Faculty of Natural Sciences, NTNU
  • Christina Gabrielsen, St. Olav's Hospital
  • MSc student Mirjam Dürkoop
  • MSc student Rita Brekke
  • MSc student Rouan Yao (deputy member)

Marit Barstad is the secretary of the programme council.

Neuroscience #

Programme Council for the MSc in Neuroscience, 2018-2021:

  • Emre Yaksi (chair), Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, NTNU
  • Linda White, Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science, NTNU
  • Mussie Debesai, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, NTNU
  • Jonathan Knowles, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, NTNU
  • Florence Kermen, Department of Biology, NTNU
  • Professor Robert Biegler, Department of Psychology, NTNU
  • Keith L. Downing, Department of Computer and Information Science, NTNU
  • Anita Øren, SINTEF
  • MSc student Ingemārs Sokolovskis
  • MSc student Devika Kurup

Mussie Debesai is the secretary of the programme council.

Physical Activity and Health #

Programme Council for the MSc in Physical Activity and Health, 2019-2021:

  • Marius Steiro Fimland (chair), NTNU
  • Karin Roeleveld, NTNU
  • Skender Redzovic, NTNU
  • Anni Bjerkhagen, NTNU
  • Ulrik Wisløff, NTNU
  • Morten Wolden, City of Trondheim
  • Andreas Holtermann, National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark
  • Siv Mørkved, Helse Midt-Norge HF

Anni Bjerkhagen is the secretary of the programme council.

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