Theories and models for midwifery | University of Iceland Skip to main content

Theories and models for midwifery

For the first time in Iceland and in the Nordic Region - Before the Nordic Midwifery Conference 2nd - 4th May 2019

What?  PhD course in midwifery and related health sciences

Where?  University of Iceland, Department of Midwifery, Eirberg, Eiríksgata 34, 101 Reykjavík  

When?  April 29th – May 1st 2019

The focus of the course is on theories and models for midwifery and their implications for midwifery practice, research and education in the context of the Nordic region. It is aimed at PhD students, post.doc researchers and holders of master‘s degrees planning for a PhD project.

Central theories and models in relation to childbirth and reproductive health will be introduced and discussed (e.g. linked to salutogenesis, pathogenesis, evidence-based practice, the globally evidence-informed framework for Quality Maternal and New-born Care (QMNC), the MiMo model of woman-centred care developed in a Nordic context and more). The students will achieve knowledge of and will be able to critically assess and discuss the relevance of different midwifery theories and models, including the relation to their own research. Different perspectives encompassing both quantitative and qualitative methodologies will be explored.

The course has been developed by a Nordic network group of academic midwives from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Course committee:

  • Ólöf Ásta Ólafsdóttír, professor, University of Iceland

  • Ellen Blix, professor, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

  • Christina Prinds, associate professor, University of Southern Denmark

  • Ingela Lundgren, professor, University of Gothenburg, Sweden  

  • Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen, professor, University of Eastern Finland

Practical information:

3-day intensive course 29th of April – 1st of May, from 08.00-16.00.

Position in the educational system:
The course is given as a freestanding module on a PhD level. The course is conducted in English.

3 ECTS featuring a total of 90 hours. Students from other universities others than the University of Iceland must apply to their own university for approvements of the course for ECTS credits.

Registered PhD student in the Nordic countries, post. doc. researcher or a post-master developing a PhD research project.

Teaching methods:
Lectures, group work and plenary discussions. A high degree of participants´ activity and involvement is expected.

Assessment and examination:
Home exam. An essay of approximately 5000 words, allowing the students to demonstrate their ability to apply acquired knowledge in relation to their own research project. The essay must be written in English and is graded as passed or failed.

Registration, course description and payments

  • Registration deadline has been extended to January 20th 2019. Application form.
    Please note that you have to attach to the application form a copy of the front page of your passport with your personal details and a certified transcript of your academic record (masters degree/PhD degree or enrollment in a PhD program).

  • Course description see University of Iceland Course Catalogue (choose English version) and for more information by email to

  • The registration fee is 10.000 IKR. Please contact the University Center Service Desk, Gimli, upon arrival in Iceland or on the first day of the course to complete the payment.




Is this page useful or is something missing?

This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Enter the characters shown in the image.