Ole F. Norheim

Adjunct Professor of Global Health and Population

Department of Global Health and Population

Ole Frithjof Norheim is a physician and a professor of medical ethics, Dept. of Global Public Health and Primary care, University of Bergen, Norway. Norheim’s wide-ranging research interests include theories of distributive justice, inequality in health, how they apply to priority setting in health systems, and how to achieve Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goal for health. He firmly believes that priority setting for health should aim for the greatest number of healthy life years for all, fairly distributed.

He is currently heading the research projects Inclusive Evaluation of Public Health Interventions (2017-2020, funded by NRC) and – with Stéphane Verguet – Disease Control Priorities – Ethiopia (2017-2020, funded by BMGF). Member of the Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission and the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems. 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). He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as the Lancet, Lancet Global Health, BMJ, Bulletin of WHO, Health Policy and Planning, and Journal of Medical Ethics.