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080415A Health centre practice, 4.5 ECTS cr 
Code 080415A  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Health centre practice  Abbreviation Health centre p 
Scope4.5 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline5401 Medicine 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Medicine 

Markku Timonen 

ECTS Credits 

4,5 study credits


Semester 10 (C10)

Learning outcomes 

The student is able to use history taking and clinical examination as primary sources of information, and to use information obtained from these to request appropriate further examinations and tests. The student is familiar with the main examination and management strategies used in general practice, and understands the role which the probability of disease has for the selection of a management strategy.
The student gains experience in: management of a range of clinical problems which present to primary care; coordination and organization of treatment; and working using a patient-centred approach.

The student gains insight into: disease prevention and health promotion in paediatric, antenatal-care and school-based health care settings; main examination and treatment strategies in general practice; issuing expert statements in matters of social security system, rehabilitation and employment; time management and coordination of clinical work in primary care; multidisciplinary team work.


Theoretical learning of the "key principles" of general practice. Practical learning in different areas of general practice: scheduled and acute appointment at the health centre; antenatal- and maternity-, paediatric-, family-planning- and school services, inpatient care on the health care centre wards, inpatient care on long-term wards, community care, and occupational health care.


Learning activities and teaching methods 

Group work 20 hours, practical module in health care centres (2 weeks).

Recommended or required reading 

Recommended literature: Kumpusalo E, Ahto M, Keinänen-Kiukaanniemi S, Kosunen E, Kunnamo I, Lohi J (toim.): Yleislääketiede, Kustannus Oy Duodecim, Karisto Oy Hämeenlinna 2005, sections of content as applicable to this learning module.

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Assessment methods and criteria 

Participation in group work and practical training module is mandatory.


pass / fail

Person responsible 

Professor Markku Timonen

Other information 

The course starts in its current form in academic year 2010-2011.
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 33) examination and management of the patient 4) Rehabilitation and social security 5) research knowledge and skills & interpretation and application of research (Appendix 4).


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