Background and activities


Heidi Gilstad is Associate Professor at the Centre for Academic and Professional Communication (SEKOM), at the Department of Language and Literature, NTNU.

She was previously employed as adviser (2012-2014), project manager, postdoc (2014-2016) and researcher (2016-2018) at the Health Informatics Research Group (Norwegian Center for Electronic Patient Records, NSEP) at the Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, NTNU.

She earned her phd in Applied Linguistics (Health Communication) from the Department of Language and Communication Studies at NTNU in 2012 with the thesis: Obstetric ultrasound expertise as manifest in encounters between midwives and pregnant women. A case study from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

She has previously worked at the National Center for Fetal Medicine, St.Olavs Hospital in Trondheim, the Department of Language and Communication Studies at the Faculty of Humanities, NTNU, and at the IT-company Mind Norway AS (now Ergo Group) as well as the Publishing House Gyldendal in Oslo.

Her main research interests are: health communication involving medical technologies, ethics-in-interaction, professional expertise and knowledge development, discourses concerning women's and children's health, multicultural communication, global health promotion and qualitative methodologies.

Project manager for the following projects: 

Smart digital helsekommunikasjon (2017-2020)

Helsekommunikasjon i en digital hverdag (2014-2018)

Strengthening the eHealth expertise and services for citizens
- with a focus on eHealth literacy and communication

Smart visuell helsekommunikasjon og digitale pasienthistorier 


Heidi is a member of the following research communities:

Research Group on Health Communication and Ethics at NTNU

Nordic eHealth Indicator Research Network

Kvinnenettverk for forskning på teknologi og kommunikasjon i helse

eHealth Literacy Network 




Co-organizer of:

European Workshop on Practical Aspects of Health Informatics, PAHI 2017

European Workshop on Practical Aspects of Health Informatics 2013, 2014, 2015

Helseinformatikkuka i Trondheim (HelsIT) 2013


In media (in Norwegian):

Den akademiske komedie Universitetsavisa

En folke-e-helse for framtida

Helsekommunikasjon i en teknologisk hverdag

Norge mangler e-helsekartlegging, Dagens medisin

Litteraturhus i Trondheim. Adresseavisen

Gravide kan ta egne valg! Dagbladet

 Med uleselig hilsen fra NTNU. Universitetsavisa. Reportasje fra Institutt for anvendt språkvitenskap med E. Andenæs, N. Eik-Nes, G. Thomassen og H. Gilstad.


Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Artistic productions

  • Gilstad, Heidi. (2016) Ode til bypark. Adressa, Trondheim. 2016.

Part of book/report

  • Cumming, Grant; French, Tara; Hogg, Jamie; McKendrick, Douglas; Gilstad, Heidi; Molik, Davis; Lucian, Joanne S. (2017) Trust and Provenance in Communication to E-Health Consumers. Digitization of Healthcare- New Challenges and Opportunities.