John-Arne Røttingen

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Room Divisjon for smittevern
Available hours Lovisenberggt 8
Visiting address Nasjonalt folkehelseinstitutt
Postal address Flesåstunet 12 0860 OSLO

Academic interests

  • Health policy and health systems with emphasis on how evidence can inform decision making.
  • Global health/international health with emphasis on health system research.
  • Access to and innovation of medicines and other health technologies for the needs of developing countries.
  • Evidence based practice, evidence informed policy and knowledge translation.
  • Quality of care, quality improvement and patient safety.
  • Methods for evaluating the effectiveness of interventions, system changes and reforms.

Courses taught

Programmes of study



Current work

Previous work

  • Acting Deputy Director General, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, 2013-14
  • Fulbright Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2011-12
  • Director General, Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, 2004-2011
  • Associate Professor, head of Research Curriculum, thematic leader, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, 2002-2003
  • Research coordinator (20%), Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Division for Infectious Disease Control, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, 2002-2003
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Division of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College School of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, 2000-2006
  • Acting/assistant Director, Foundation for Health Services Research, HELTEF, 2000-2002
  • Guest researcher, Wellcome Trust Centre for the Epidemiology of Infectious Disease/Norsk Oxford stipendiat, Wadham College, University of Oxford, 1999-2000
  • Fellow/post.doc., Department of Physiology, Department Group of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo, 1998-2002
  • Intern/resident, Stokmarknes hospital and general practice, Svolvær, Vågan, 1996-1997


  • MPA (mid career), Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 2012
  • MSc, Oxford University in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, 2000
  • PhD, UiO, 1999
  • MD, UiO, 1996

Positions held


  • Board member of Division for Society and Health, Norwegian Research Council
  • Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, WHO (Chair of the Board)
  • Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG), WHO (Chair)
  • Global Task Force on Universal Health Coverage
  • Steering Committee of the Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research
  • Scientific Oversight Group of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME),  University of Washington, Seatle

Some previous

  • Task Force on Evidence for Health Systems Strengthening
  • Norwegian Harkness Fellowship Selection Committee (Chair)
  • Working Group on Health Systems Research Synthesis (Chair)
  • Steering Committee of the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research
  • Utvalg for sikkerhetspolitikk, nedrustning og internasjonale utfordringer mot norsk sikkerhet
  • Intergovernmental Working Group on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, WHO (Chief Norwegian Delegate)
  • Executive Committee i European network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA)
  • Chair of governing panel for the outcome evaluation of the Norwegian hospital reform, Norwegian Research Council (Chair)
  • Collaborative Commitee between University of Oslo and Health South and Health East Authorities
  • Research Committee of Health East Authority (Chair)
  • Council for Internship, Council for Specialist Training, Committee for Research, The Norwegian Medical Association
  • Young Medical Doctor’s Association (board member)
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  • Kieny, Marie Paule; Viergever, Roderik F.; Adam, Taghreed; Boerma, Ties & Røttingen, John-Arne (2016). Global platform to inform investments for health R&D. The Lancet.  ISSN 0140-6736.  387(10024), s 1157 . doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)00705-4
  • Mendelson, Marc; Dar, Osman A; Hoffman, Steven J.; Laxminarayan, Ramanan; Mpundu, Mirfin M & Røttingen, John-Arne (2016). A Global Antimicrobial Conservation Fund for Low- and Middle-Income Countries. International Journal of Infectious Diseases.  ISSN 1201-9712.  51, s 70- 72 . doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2016.09.016
  • Ottersen, Trygve; Grépin, Karen; Pinkstaff, Crossley B.; Clift, Charles; Norheim, Ole Frithjof & Røttingen, John-Arne (2016). Health and development: an explicit approach to the design and assessment of country classification frameworks. Final report for the Equitable Access Initiative by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
  • Hoffman, Steven J.; Outterson, Kevin; Røttingen, John-Arne; Cars, Otto; Clift, Charles; Rizvi, Zain; Rotberg, Fiona; Tomson, Göran & Zorzet, Anna (2015). An international legal framework to address antimicrobial resistance. Bulletin of the World Health Organization.  ISSN 0042-9686.  93(2), s 66 . doi: 10.2471/BLT.15.152710
  • Langlois, Etienne; Ranson, Michael; Bärnighausen, Till; Bosch-Capblanch, Xavier; Daniels, Karen; El-Jardali, Fadi; Ghaffar, Abdul; Grimshaw, Jeremy; Haines, Andy; Lavis, John N; Lewin, Simon; Meng, Qingyue; Oliver, Sandy; Pantoja, Tomas; Straus, Sharon; Shemilt, Ian; Tovey, David; Tugwell, Peter; Waddington, Hugh; Wilson, Mark; Yuan, Beibei & Røttingen, John-Arne (2015). Advancing the field of health systems research synthesis. Systematic Reviews.  ISSN 2046-4053.  4 . doi: 10.1186/s13643-015-0080-9
  • Røttingen, John-Arne (2015). Ebola vaccine trial in Guinea. The Lancet.  ISSN 0140-6736.  385(9986), s 2459- 2460 . doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60656-0
  • Røttingen, John-Arne & Godal, Tore (2015). Speeding up epidemic emergency response. Science.  ISSN 0036-8075.  350(6257), s 170
  • Frich, Jan C; Røttingen, John-Arne & Heiberg, Arvid (2014). Sjelden diagnose - likeverdig behandling . Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Frich, Jan C; Røttingen, John-Arne & Heiberg, Arvid (2014). Sjeldenhet og prioritering. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.  s 10- 10
  • Ghaffar, Abdul; Tran, Nhan; Røttingen, John-Arne & Kieny, Marie-Paule (2014). Health policy and systems research: Building momentum and community. Bulletin of the World Health Organization.  ISSN 0042-9686.  92(12), s 851 . doi: 10.2471/BLT.14.149393
  • Heiberg, Arvid; Frich, Jan C & Røttingen, John-Arne (2014). A. Heiberg og medarbeidere svarer: . Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening.  ISSN 0029-2001.  134(8), s 809- 810 . doi: 10.4045/tidsskr.14.0451
  • Heiberg, Arvid; Frich, Jan C & Røttingen, John-Arne (2014). Sjeldenhet - eget kriterium ved prioritering? . Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening.  ISSN 0029-2001.  134, s 534- 536 . doi: 10.4045/tidsskr.14.0120
  • Ottersen, Trygve; Kamath, Aparna; Moon, Suerie & Røttingen, John-Arne (2014). Development assistance for health: quantitative allocation criteria and contribution norms. Centre on Global Health Security Working Group Papers. London: Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).
  • Røttingen, John-Arne (2014). Forskning og innovasjon for helse og omsorg - to nye tiltak under utredning, I: Kaja Kathrine Wendt (red.),  Det norske forsknings- og innovasjonssystemet. Statistikk og indikatorer 2014.  Norges forskningsråd.  ISBN 9788212033634.  Fokusboks 2.6.  s 71 - 72
  • Røttingen, John-Arne; Ottersen, Trygve; Ablo, Awo; Arhin-Tenkorang, Dyna; Benn, Christoph; Elovainio, Riku; Evans, David B.; Fonseca, Luiz Eduardo; Frenk, Julio; McCoy, David; McIntyre, Di; Moon, Suerie; Ooms, Gorik; Palu, Toomas; Rao, Sujatha; Sridhar, Devi; Vega, Jeanette; Wibulpolprasert, Suwit; Wright, Simon & Yang, Boon-Min (2014). Shared responsibilities for health: a new global framework for sustainable health financing. Final report of the Centre on Global Health Security Working Group on Health Financing. London: Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) .
  • Young, Alison J.; Terry, Robert F.; Røttingen, John-Arne & Viergever, Roderik F. (2014). Global biomedical R&D expenditures. New England Journal of Medicine.  ISSN 0028-4793.  370(25), s 2451 . doi: 10.1056/NEJMc1405176
  • Ghaffar, Abdul; Tran, N; Reddy, K. S.; Kasonde, J; Bajwa, T; Ammar, W; Ren, MH; Røttingen, John-Arne & Mills, A (2013). Changing mindsets in health policy and systems research. The Lancet.  ISSN 0140-6736.  381(9865), s 436- 437 . doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61858-3
  • Hoffman, Steven J. & Røttingen, John-Arne (2013). Global health governance after 2015. The Lancet.  ISSN 0140-6736.  382(9897), s 1018- 1018
  • Bosch-Capblanch, Xavier; Lavis, John N.; Lewin, Simon; Atun, Rifat; Røttingen, John-Arne; Dröschel, Daniel; Beck, Lise; Abalos, Edgardo; El-Jardali, Fadi; Gilson, Lucy; Oliver, Sandy; Wyss, Kaspar; Tugwell, Peter; Kulier, Regina; Pang, Tikki & Haines, Andy (2012). Guidance for Evidence-Informed Policies about Health Systems: Rationale for and Challenges of Guidance Development. PLoS Medicine.  ISSN 1549-1277.  9(3) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001185
  • Lavis, John N.; Røttingen, John-Arne; Bosch-Capblanch, Xavier; Atun, Rifat; El-Jardali, Fadi; Gilson, Lucy; Lewin, Simon; Oliver, Sandy; Ongolo-Zogo, Pierre & Haines, Andy (2012). Guidance for Evidence-Informed Policies about Health Systems: Linking Guidance Development to Policy Development. PLoS Medicine.  ISSN 1549-1277.  9(3) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001186
  • Lewin, Simon; Bosch-Capblanch, Xavier; Oliver, Sandy; Akl, Elie A.; Vist, Gunn Elisabeth; Lavis, John N.; Ghersi, Davina; Røttingen, John-Arne; Steinmann, Peter; Gulmezoglu, Metin; Tugwell, Peter; El-Jardali, Fadi & Haines, Andy (2012). Guidance for Evidence-Informed Policies about Health Systems: Assessing How Much Confidence to Place in the Research Evidence. PLoS Medicine.  ISSN 1549-1277.  9(3) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001187
  • Permanand, G; Lindahl, Anne Karin & Røttingen, John-Arne (2012). Knowledge brokering in Norway: Bringing rigour and transparency to policy inputs. Chapter 8 in Lavis JN, Catallo C, editors (2012), "Bridging the Worlds of Research and Policy in European Health Systems".. Euro Observer - Newsletter of the European Observatory on Health Care Systems.  ISSN 1020-7481.
  • Røttingen, John-Arne & Chamas, Claudia (2012). A New Deal for Global Health R&D? The Recommendations of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development (CEWG). PLoS Medicine.  ISSN 1549-1277.  9(5) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001219
  • Røttingen, John-Arne; Chamas, Claudia; Goyal, L. C.; Harb, Hilda; Lagrada, Leizel & Mayosi, Bongani Mawethu (2012). Securing the public good of health research and development for developing countries. Bulletin of the World Health Organization.  ISSN 0042-9686.  90(5), s 398- 400 . doi: 10.2471/BLT.12.105460
  • Gostin, Lawrence O; Friedman, Eric A; Ooms, Gorik; Gebauer, Thomas; Gupta, Narendra; Sridhar, Devi; Chenguang, Wang; Røttingen, John-Arne & Sanders, David (2011). The Joint Action and Learning Initiative: Towards a Global Agreement on National and Global Responsibilities for Health . PLoS Medicine.  ISSN 1549-1277.  8(5) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001031
  • Lindahl, Anne Karin; Bukholm, Geir & Røttingen, John-Arne (2011). Uønsket variasjon i tilbudet. Dagens medisin.  ISSN 1501-4290.  (6)
  • Balstad, Just & Røttingen, John-Arne (2010). Examining the Global Health Arena: Strengths and Weaknesses of a Convention Approach to Global Health Challenges .
  • Gostin, Lawrence O; Heywood, Mark; Ooms, Gorik; Grover, Anand; Røttingen, John-Arne & Wang, Chenguang (2010). National and global responsibilities for health. Bulletin of the World Health Organization.  ISSN 0042-9686.  88(10), s 719- 719 . doi: 10.2471/BLT.10.082636
  • Lindahl, Anne Karin; Bjertnæs, Øyvind Andresen; Flottorp, Signe Agnes; Nyen, Bjørnar; Nylenna, Magne; Reinar, Liv Merete; Ringard, Ånen & Røttingen, John-Arne (2010). Norske og internasjonale tilnærminger til arbeid med kvalitet i allmennlegetjenesten .
  • Mørland, Berit; Røttingen, John-Arne & Ringard, Ånen (2010). From principles to policy advice:The Norwegian Council for priority setting and quality improvement.
  • Oxman, Andrew David; Yohannes, Ambachew M & Røttingen, John-Arne (2010). Options for improving malaria treatment: Introduction. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care.  ISSN 0266-4623.  26(2), s 228- 228 . doi: 10.1017/S0266462310000218
  • Ringard, Ånen; Mørland, Berit & Røttingen, John-Arne (2010). Åpne prosesser for prioritering :. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening.  ISSN 0029-2001.  130(22), s 2264- 2266
  • Skudal, Kjersti Eeg; Bjertnæs, Øyvind Andresen; Holmboe, Olaf; Bukholm, Geir & Røttingen, John-Arne (2010). Commonwealth Fund-undersøkelsen 2010: Resultater fra en komparativ befolkningsundersøkelse i 11 land .
  • Holmboe, Olaf; Bjertnæs, Øyvind Andresen; Bukholm, Geir; Nguyen, Khang Ngoc; Helgeland, Jon & Røttingen, John-Arne (2009). Commonwealth Fund-undersøkelsen i 2009 blant allmennleger: Resultater fra en komparativ undersøkelse i 11 land .
  • Røttingen, John-Arne (red.) (2009). Slik oppsummerer vi forskning.
  • Røttingen, John-Arne & Fretheim, Atle (2009). Forskningsformidling eller kunnskapsformidling?. Bladet forskning.  17(3), s 28- 28
  • Thürmer, Hanne; Høie, Ingrid Margaretha; Mørland, Berit & Røttingen, John-Arne (2008). Nasjonalt kunnskapssenter for helsetjenesten - deler kunnskap og formidler fag . Michael Quarterly.  ISSN 1504-0658.  5(1), s 85- 95
  • Saunes, Ingrid Sperre; Rygh, Liv Helen & Røttingen, John-Arne (2007). Amerikansk selvkritikk. Dagens medisin.  ISSN 1501-4290.
  • Neilson, Aileen Rae & Røttingen, John-Arne (2006). Cost-effectiveness of cochlear implantation in adults .
  • Kongsgaard, Ulf; Kaasa, Stein; Dale, Ola; Ottersen, Stig; Nordøy, Tone; Hessling, Stein Erik; von Hofacker, Sebastian; Bruland, Øyvind; Lyngstadaas, Anita; Røttingen, John-Arne; Mørland, Berit & Norderhaug, Inger (red.) (2005). Lindring av smerter hos kreftpasienter.
  • Sexton, Joseph Andrew; Nygård, Karin & Røttingen, John-Arne (2005). "Analysis of a gastroentritis outbreak using time-to-event models".
  • Røttingen, John-Arne & Kvåle, Gunnar (2003). Helse i en globalisert verden. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening.  ISSN 0029-2001.  123, s 14
  • Guérin, Phillipe J.; Caugant, Dominique A; Frøholm, Leif Oddvar; Høiby, Ernst Arne; Rosenqvist, Einar; Røttingen, John-Arne & Aaberge, Ingeborg S. (2002). Serogroup W135 meningococcal disease ¿ role for a vaccine?.
  • Kalseth, Birgitte & Røttingen, John-Arne (red.) (2002). Praksis og kvalitet i sykehus. SAMDATA Sykehus Analyse.

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