Health for a better world is the Faculty’s vision and our contribution to realizing NTNU’s vision Knowledge for a better world. We aim to develop knowledge, skills and solutions that contribute to good health from a regional, national and global perspective. The vision also expresses our aim to enable a fairer distribution of knowledge and resources.
NTNU’s values serve as a guide for all staff and students.
These values should characterise our thinking and behaviour:
See more about the values in NTNU's strategy.
The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is responsible for research, innovation, education and dissemination and outreach in the field of medicine and health sciences. The Faculty has a particular responsibility for basic research and the education of PhD canditates.
We will develop knowledge, competence and value for society, in medicine and health sciences, in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The health and care services sector is the Faculty’s most important arena for education and research. Changes in demography, technology and economy have a major impact on the sector. To face the challenges of the future, teaching methods, professional training and research must be adapted to enable students and researchers to meet patients in new arenas and across the range of health services.
Active and informed users and their families will place increasing demands on the health and care services. Prevention, empowerment and health promotion must be emphasised in education and research to help curb growth in the need for health services. Development of knowledge will provide the basis for setting priorities and choosing solutions.
Unreliable sources of information and fake news challenge the factual basis and understanding of knowledge. The Faculty must educate graduates with critical thinking skills, and students and staff must participate actively in the social debate.
Competition for research funds, students and staff is increasing. This calls for continuous quality improvement and greater international collaboration.
To meet the challenges of global health, teamwork across traditional disciplinary boundaries is needed.
Main objectives 2025
- The quality of our activities is consistently high, and at least one group in each department has an internationally leading position.
- We are an attractive partner for internationally recognised research and educational institutions.
- The knowledge that we create in cooperation with users, health services, the business community and other
stakeholders influences the development of society.
- Our academic activities provide an evidence base for coherent and sustainable priorities in health policy.
- We educate outstanding graduates who are attractive in their respective fields on the national and international labour market.
- We have established a culture of innovation in health.
- We have strengthened our commitment to research, innovation and education for better global health.
- Our students and staff contribute to positive social development in the cities and regions in which we are active.