Ole Frithjof Norheim

Ole Frithjof Norheim, MD, PhD, is a physician and professor in medical ethics in the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Bergen, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Norheim’s wide-ranging research interests include theories of justice, inequality in health, the ethics of priority setting in health systems and how to achieve Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goal for health

He is currently heading the research project Priority Setting in Global Health (2012-2016, funded by a grant from the Norwegian Research Council/NORAD). Norheim has chaired the 2009 revision of Norwegian Guidelines for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, the World Health Organization’s Consultative Group on Equity and Universal Health Coverage (2012-2014), and the third Norwegian National Committee on Priority Setting in Health Care (2013-2014).

Norheim has published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers (listed in Medline) in journals such as The Lancet, British Medical Journal, Bulletin of WHO, PlosOne, Health Policy and Planning, Social Science & Medicine, and Journal of Medical Ethics.


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