Education and science

Education stands as a cornerstone in advancing public health and epidemiology. Within this context, we delve into significant projects encompassing epidemiological, public health, and global health domains. 

EPINOR was financed by the Norwegian Research Council in the period 2013-2021. Today the network has become a Junior Science Network for non-tenure researcher who fit the scientific profile of EPINOR and it is still is a cooperation between the universities in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Tromsø. EPINOR was established to improve the quality and capacity of the Norwegian PhD education in epidemiological theory, methodology, and implementation of new statistical methods. Link to EPINOR webpage.

The aim of this project was to establish an English language Master of Public Health (MPH) at two universities in Georgia. Exchange of staff and students and completion of two PhD projects.  

Results: The MPH programs are active. 97 student and 43 staff exchanges took place during the project period. One PhD student graduated; one is handing in the thesis shortly.  

Scientific and societal impact: More than anything, this project has created a lot of additional activity, publications and new scientific proposals. Through this project Georgia is building capacity in epidemiology making them able to process registry- and big data.

Link to the projects in the Republic of Georgia.

Objective: To improve academic capacity in global health in Ukraine, Georgia and Kazakhstan.   

Results: UiT has just completed the transfer of 3 courses in epidemiology, statistics and research methods for teachers from 7 different universities.   

Scientific and societal impact: This project has the potential to improve scientific methods and projects in the receiving institutions. 

NutriNOR is the national research school in nutrition, coordinated by the University of Bergen. UiT is a partner, represented by our research group. The main aim of NutriNOR is to support PhD students in the field and capacity building in nutrition science. Further, we want to improve the chances of NutriNOR candidates on the job market. Therefore, NutriNOR has both an academic pillar and a professional pillar. Many activities can be counted to both pillars. The research school also aims at increasing collaboration between research environments in nutrition which are currently fragmented and providing a focused and coordinated PhD education, including a broader international contribution and a stronger course portfolio.

Work Package 6 of the larger research project “Healthy Choices and the Social Gradient” is a student health and well-being research project, integrated pilot research projects and an integrated platform for learning activities.

In seeking to increase our knowledge of the complex interaction between health behaviour, social inequality in health and adjustable risk factors, we aim to contribute to better public health and reduced health inequalities across a variety of demographic strata. Through collaborations with various student-focused departments and organisation, we are engaging student participation into the collection, study, and utilisation of relevant and actionable data dedicated to improving student experience. For more information on this project, click the following link.