Rebecca Anne Hetland

Doctoral Research Fellow

Job description

Rebecca A. Hetland is a medical doctor, graduated from UiT The Arctic University of Norway. She is currently working as a doctoral research fellow on the project "Social inequality in non-communicable diseases (NCD) and associated risk factors," utilizing data from The Tromsø Study. The project aims to investigate the socio-economic gradient in risk factors and the occurrence of NCDs in Tromsø7 (2015-16), examining the extent to which risk factors and diseases co-occur in individuals. Additionally, the study will explore whether the social gradient in risk factors, new cases, and NCD comorbidity changes between Tromsø4 (1994-5) and Tromsø7 across age and gender groups.

In addition to her doctoral work, Rebecca A. Hetland, along with Hilde Espnes, serves as the questionnaire editor for the eighth Tromsø Study (Tromsø8), scheduled to be conducted in 2025-2026.

  • Rebecca Anne Hetland, Tom Wilsgaard, Laila Arnesdatter Hopstock, Inger Ariansen, Jonas Lars Johansson, Bjarne K. Jacobsen et al.:
    Social inequality in prevalence of NCD risk factors: a cross-sectional analysis from the population-based Tromsø Study 2015-2016
    BMJ Open 2024 DOI

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    Research interests

    • Social inequality in helath
    • Non-communicable diseases and associated risk factors


    Teaches statistics and epidemiology to medical students. Mentor for medical students (PROFKOM).