The faculty’s strategy is built upon OsloMet's Strategy 2024.
The plan is designed to support the institution's strategic objectives and align with the distinctive characteristics of the faculty's research and education, as well as its collaboration with the professional field.
OsloMet has set as one of the goals for this strategy period that we shall have the best nursing education in the country. To achieve this ambition, several development projects supported by the strategy have been initiated, and this will generally contribute to high quality in all the study programmes.
The Faculty of Health Sciences shall contribute to key national goals for sustainable development by educating professionals who can deliver high-quality, evidence-based health services. Through practice-oriented research and innovation, we will develop, streamline, and improve services while ensuring quality.
The Faculty of Health Sciences educates candidates for a sector undergoing significant change, and the future of the healthcare system they will work in is uncertain.
Demographic changes alter the need for health and care services. At the same time, there will be less available qualified labour.
We are committed to educating candidates with competencies that prepare them for the challenges they will face throughout their careers, and to develop and disseminate knowledge that can help address the challenges facing the healthcare system.
To achieve this ambition, we must collaborate closely with the working life on research and innovation and strengthen the knowledge base for practice.
We must also research our teaching activities and evaluate how new and varied teaching methods affect learning. Furthermore, it is essential that we acquire increased competence in technology, for example related to digitization and simulation.
This expertise should be used to further develop our study programmes, to ensure that our graduates have a significant level of digital competence, and to participate in the development of new solutions in collaboration with the field of practice.
At the same time, we will educate candidates who understand the ethical issues related to the increased use of technology in healthcare and social services and who can safeguard the dignity of each individual patient/user.
Main goal 1
The Faculty of Health Sciences educates competent professionals who are knowledge-based, user-orientated, interprofessional, and critically constructive in their professional practice.
The faculty shall:
- have knowledge-based educational activities
- increase student involvement and user participation in education, research, and innovation
- utilize diverse and student-active learning methods, including leveraging the possibilities of digital learning and assessment tools
- educate candidates who see the potential in using technology
- seize opportunities and create arenas for interdisciplinary collaborative learning in theory and practice
- actively participate in the INTERACT project
- create forums for discussing the content and relevance of the study programmes with external partners
- establish binding collaboration agreements with all practice providers for teaching practice positions with relevant learning situations, knowledge-based services, and competent supervisors
- enable students to develop an international and intercultural perspective on their field and profession
- increase international student mobility in all degree programmes
- establish a student research programme to enhance the interaction between research and education and to strengthen recruitment to PhD programmes
- revise and further develop the master's and PhD portfolio to ensure quality, robustness, and societal relevance
- develop a study programme for health technology in collaboration with the Faculty of Technology, Art, and Design (TKD).
Main goal 2
The Faculty of Health Sciences conducts research, innovation, and development that strengthen the knowledge base of the study programmes and healthcare services.
The faculty shall:
- prioritize practice-oriented research, especially research that can lead to innovation and improvement of practice and patient/user health
- involve the health care services and users at all stages of the research process.
- strengthen research efforts within:
- health and technology
- education, with special attention given to learning through digitalization and simulation
- primary health care services
- establish a development programme for research groups to increase quality and raise more groups to an international level
- strengthen competence within research ethics throughout the organization
- be a visible player in the public debate on health-related issues and contribute to critical thinking
- enhance scientific productivity
- strengthen recruitment and throughput in the faculty's PhD programmes
- increase participation in national and international research collaborations, particularly related to programmes in the Research Council of Norway and the EU.
Main goal 3
The Faculty of Health Sciences has staff with high and relevant expertise, capable of enhancing the faculty's education and research.
The faculty shall:
- ensure that both research and education needs form the basis for staff recruitment
- increase the proportion of professors and staff with doctoral qualifications
- increase diversity in the professional backgrounds of the departments/study programmes
- implement a merit system for teaching
- establish a talent development programme for researchers at the Faculty of Health Sciences
- create more combined positions in collaboration with the field of practice
- strengthen competence in education and research leadership
- target international networks to recruit highly qualified staff
- ensure that at least 15 percent of our teaching and research staff have had an international stay within the last year
- establish a scheme for secondments in the field of practice.
Main goal 4
The Faculty of Health Sciences fosters a health-promoting work environment.
The faculty shall:
- promote a working environment characterized by openness, a culture of sharing, a sense of community, and an understanding that all staff work together toward common goals
- facilitate a professionally and socially supportive working environment for staff and PhD candidates
- increase diversity in terms of ethnicity, gender, and functional level.