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080417A General Practitioner and Public Health, 9.5 ECTS cr 
Code 080417A  Validity 01.08.2007 -
Name General Practitioner and Public Health  Abbreviation General Practit 
Scope9.5 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline5401 Medicine 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Preceding studies
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    080415A Health centre practice
    040116Y Public health and interprofessional collaboration
    040117Y Interviewing and examining patients
Unit Medicine 

Heini Kelloniemi 
Markku Timonen 

ECTS Credits  9,5 study credits 
Timing  Semester 11 (C11) 
Learning outcomes  The student will understand the principles of health at population level, and as applicable to a particular disease. The student will have knowledge of the most important public health schemes and programmes, and is able to apply them at a local level.

The student will know the principles and organisation of insurance and rehabilitation medicine, and is able to apply their knowledge into clinical practice. The student will understand the aetiological factors of disease both at an individual and population level and is competent at diagnosis and management of the common diseases.

The student is able to critically assess and interpret findings of public health research, and to act as an expert of preventative medicine in primary care. The student will learn the ability to adopt and apply methods of health promotion and disease prevention at an individual-, family-, and population level, therein also considering the expertise role of the multidisciplinary team.

Student will have an appreciation of the doctor-patient relationship and the role of communication between family members as applicable to patient management, and is able to use and apply communication skills in different clinical scenarios. The student is able to evaluate the quality and economics of all his/her work.

Contents  Population health, health promotion and recognising health problems; preventative medicine; encouragement of health behaviour that will promote health. Epidemiology, social- and health service and economics as part of patient management. Medical law, application of social security law in clinical practice, medical certificates and medical statements. Introduction to rehabilitation, environmental medicine and nutrition at population level. Team working with expert members of the multi-disciplinary team.

Learning activities and teaching methods  Lectures, theme days, seminars and workshops. One-week practical training module at a primary health care centre, which includes a set of learning tasks.

Recommended or required reading  Koskenvuo K. (toim) Sairauksien ehkäisy. Duodecim 2003, soveltuvilta osin; Yleislääketiede, Kumpusalo E, Ahto M, Eskola K, Keinänen-Kiukaanniemi, S, Kosunen E, Kunnamo I, Lohi J (toim) Kustannus Oy Duodecim 2005, soveltuvilta osin; Laki potilaan asemasta ja oikeuksista 17.8.1992/785; Laki terveydenhuollon ammattihenkilöistä 28.6.1994/559; Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriön asetus potilasasiakirjojen laatimisesta sekä niiden ja muun hoitoon liittyvän materiaalin säilyttämisestä. 99/2001; SosTMA lääkkeen määräämisestä 726/2003; L sähköisestä lääkemääräyksestä 2.2.2007/61; a SosTMA sähköisestä lääkemääräyksestä 25.6.2008/485.

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Assessment methods and criteria  Written examinations. Participation in seminars, workshops, theme days and practical training module at a primary health care centre.

Grading  Medical law exam will be graded as pass/fail. Final grade of this course will consist of final written exam and seminar assessment, the latter graded on a scale of 0 to 5. The final grade will be calculated as 2/3 of the grade from final exam + 1/3 seminar grade. Final exam will contain a medical certificate, graded as pass / fail.

Person responsible  Professor Markku Timonen 
Other information  The course forms part of the following learning modules of public health and general practice: 1) disease prevention and health promotion 2) multidisciplinary leadership and management 3) examination and management of the patient 4) effect-based contributions to the society & rehabilitation and social security, and 5) research knowledge and skills & interpretation and application of research (Appendix 4). 

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