Background and activities

Professor in Social Medicine, MD, PhD, HUNT Research Centre, Department of Public health and nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU, Norway.

Former Specialist in General Practice, now a Specialist and Consultant in Psychiatry, Levanger Hospital, Nord-Trøndelag Health Trust, Norway.

Personal interview in the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association:

Founder and leader for the Trøndelag Public Health Alliance since 2016. 

Co-founder and Deputy Chairman of the Board og National Competebnce Centre for Arts and Health, Norrway.

PhD in Social Epidemiology / Public Health, research on socio-economic causes of poor health, disease, mortality and disability. Research experience in risc factor epidemiology, psychiatric epidemiology, geriatric epidemiology, occupational health, technology and health services research. (  

Published several book chapters in social medicine and medical sociology, one of the editors of the new Social Medicine textbook in Norway. (

The HUNT Study

Project manager (PI) of the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study in 2006-08 (HUNT3), and Director of the HUNT Research Centre during the HUNT4 data collection (2017-19), which integrated data from a variety of medical and social science research disciplines (  Data from HUNT have led to extensive research in a wide range of disciplines, over 200 PhDs are based on the data. In addition, HUNT is a population based screening for selected diseases and conditions.

International research collaboration

Preventive medicine and health promotion

As Head of the HUNT Research Centre 2008 - 2020, ( heavily involved in disease prevention and health promotion in partnership with local, regional and national authorities.


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