Prof. Ole Frithjof Norheim

Professor of Medical Ethics, Department of Global Public Health and Primary care, University of Bergen, Norway 


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 directing the Bergen Center for Ethics and Priority Setting at the University of Bergen. Norheim is a member of the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health (CIH3) chaired by Larry Summers and Dean Jamison and the Lancet Commission on Sustainability in Healthcare (LCSH) chaired by Andrea MacNeill and Jodi Sherman. 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 200 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as the Nature Medicine, Science, Lancet, Lancet Global Health, BMJ, Bulletin of WHO, Health Policy and Planning, and Journal of Medical Ethics 

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