Patient and public involvement in medical and health research

Ph.D. -course

Course description

Course content

The course is designed to facilitate patient and public involvement in medical and health research.

3-day course consisting of lectures, group sessions and discussions.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this course, the candidate will have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Know the background for the introduction of patient and public involvement in medical and health-professional research.

Gain knowledge of how patient and public involvement has been documented to influence medical and health research, the conduct of clinical studies and the application of research results.

Gain knowledge of the researcher's responsibility for patient and public involvement to be integrated into the entire process in a clinical research project - from planning to project implementation to publication.

Know the role of user organizations and local user committees in recruitment and training for patient and public involvement in research.

Being able to communicate research findings to patient and the public.

Being able to discuss with users how their perspectives can contribute to democratization and quality improvement in research projects. Being able to incorporate input from users to improve patient and public involvement in their own research project.

General competence:
Being able to assess and convey the added value of patient and public involvement and initiate productive user involvement in own research projects.

Study period

17.-19. April 2024

Course location

Physical attendance at Eitri Medical Incubator, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen.
Language of instruction
Norwegian including a few sessions in English.
Course registration and deadlines

February 1st at Studentweb for candidates at UiB.

External candidates may apply for admission to the course through SĂžknadsweb by February 1st.

If you are not a student and don't need the ECTS, you may still attend the lectures by registering through this link:

Master's degree or equivalent, with the exception of research school students at the Faculty of Medicine.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Master's degree or equivalent education level is required with the exception of students on the Medical Student Research Programme.
Part of training component
Recommended as part of the training for PhD candidates affiliated with the Research Schools of CCBIO and Neuro-SysMed.
Form of assessment


User-friendly presentation of own research project (in writing). Reporting of progress in group work (according to template)-

Oral presentation of results from group assignments

Written/oral evaluation of the course's significance for the implementation of patient and public involvement in the student's own research project.

Course overlap
Who may participate
The course is open to researchers, postdocs, students (PhD, master, students in the Medical Student Research Program) and others who are interested.
Supplementary course information

Contribute to the implementation of patient and public involvement in medical and health research.

Students should acquire theoretical knowledge of the background and purpose of patient and public involvement, combined with discussion and reflection upon their own experiences and expectations. The course stimulates close communication between students and user representatives.

The preliminary program can be found here: Program CCBIONEUR910 spring 2024
Academic responsible

Nina Louise Jebsen

Kjell-Morten Myhr

Tone Skaar