6L5025 Technology and Health 7.5 credits

Teknik och hälsa

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

Information for research students about course offerings

The course will be offered in autumn 2019.

Intended learning outcomes

The course will provide the student with skills to:

  • describe the different relationships between technology and health
  • demonstrate an understanding of the concepts ontology, representativity, validity, inference
  • critically analyze the strengths and weaknesses of theories and methodologies presently applied to the field of technology and health
  • compare methodological approaches in the field technology and health and draw conclusions about their relevance and applicability to his/her own doctoral studies
  • reflect on what the concept of sustainable development can mean in their own PhD project, as well as in the field of technology and health based on social, economic and ecological aspects

Course main content

Research leaders join forces to present and explain the theoretical and methodological basis for their discipline using one or several important pieces of work in the field as examples. The workshop discusses strengths and weaknesses of the approach and considers applications in varying areas. The course has an emphasis on sustainability in technology and health. The areas covered in the workshops are:

  • Humans and technology in interaction
  • Images in medicine
  • Human tolerance, physiology in extreme environments
  • Delivery of care
  • Making innovations work
  • Safe medical devices
  • Sustainability in technology & health


A series of half‐day workshops focusing on the different research areas and methods within technology and health (INL - 4.5 etcs; PRO - 3 etcs)


Accepted for doctoral studies at KTH or KI.


Litteratur kring varje forskningsområde motsvarande ett pensum på två arbetsdagar per workshop. Litteraturen tillhandahålls före workshops

Literature representing each research area, at a study-load of two days per workshop, provided in advance of workshops


  1. Active participation in all workshops
  2. Written summary linked to each workshop uploaded, including review of given literature
  3. Written report of 5-8 pages giving a theoretical overview and reflections of the different research areas presented, plus a critical application of theories and models to the student’s own research
  4. Oral presentation of above with opposition of another student/group's work.

Requirements for final grade

Fulfilled requirements as given above; inability to attend one workshop is compensated with an extra written assignment, missing two is not permissible.

Offered by

STH/System Safety and Management


Peta Sjölander


Peta Sjölander <petasj@kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2016.