Bjørn Hofmann

Adjunct Professor - Centre for Medical Ethics
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Phone +47 22844645
Visiting address Kirkeveien 166 Fredrik Holsts hus 0450 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1130 Blindern 0318 Oslo

Academic interests

  • Health technology
  • Philosophy of medicine
  • (Bio)medical ethics
  • Ethics in health technology assessment
  • Philosophy of health sciences and technology

More information about Hofmann's academic interests

Courses taught

  • Medical ethics
  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of medicine and health care (basic concepts)
  • Hva er sykdom [Ethical and epistemological challenges with the concept of disease]


  • Ph.D in philosophy of medicine
  • M.Sc. in biomedical engineering
  • Philosophy and history of ideas

Positions held

  • United Nations Scientific Committee for Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), member of expert group Attribution of health effects to radiation exposure, 2009-2011.
  • Member of the National Board for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, 2010-14.
  • Member of the Council for The Norwegian University for Science and Technology’s strategic program for medical technology, Trondheim 2009-2013.
  • Member of working group on newborn screening by the Directorate of Health, 2008.
  • Member of the Directorate for Health and Social Affairs, reference group for biopolitical issues (Bioreferansegruppa), 01.07.2007-01.07.2010.
  • Member of working group in EUNETHTA (European Network for HTA Agencies) in the elaboration of a ”core model” for integrating ethics in health technology assessment, 2006.
  • Board member, Ethics program, University of Oslo, 2006-9.


  • EUNETHTA (European Network for HTA Agencies)
  • Working Group on Ethics i International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessments (INAHTA), 2005-



  • Feiring, Eli; Traina, Gloria; Fystro, Joar Røkke & Hofmann, Bjørn (2020). Avoiding hypersensitive reluctance to address parental responsibility in childhood obesity. Journal of Medical Ethics.  ISSN 0306-6800. . doi: Full text in Research Archive.
  • Gransjøen, Ann Mari; Wiig, Siri; Lysdahl, Kristin Bakke & Hofmann, Bjørn Morten (2020). Health care personnel’s perception of guideline implementation for musculoskeletal imaging: a process evaluation. BMC Health Services Research.  ISSN 1472-6963. . doi: 10.1186/s12913-020-05272-9 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Hofmann, Bjørn (2020). Devaluation of persons by biotechnology-facilitated practices at the beginning and at the end of life. Journal of Medical Ethics.  ISSN 0306-6800.  46(8), s 550- 551 . doi: 10.1136/medethics-2020-106521
  • Hofmann, Bjørn Morten (2020). Biases distorting priority setting. Health Policy.  ISSN 0168-8510.  124(1), s 52- 60 . doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2019.11.010
  • Hofmann, Bjørn; Bredahl Jensen, Lone; Eriksen, Mette Brandt; Helgesson, Gert; Juth, Niklas & Holm, Søren (2020). Research Integrity Among PhD Students at the Faculty of Medicine: A Comparison of Three Scandinavian Universities. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics.  ISSN 1556-2646.  15(4), s 320- 329 . doi: 10.1177/1556264620929230
  • Hofstad, Tore; Hampton, James & Hofmann, Bjørn Morten (2020). What makes some diseases more typical than others? A survey on the impact of disease characteristics and professional background on disease typicality. INQUIRY (INQ).  ISSN 0046-9580.  57, s 1- 9 . doi: 10.1177/0046958020972813
  • Solbakk, Jan Helge; Bentzen, Heidi Beate; Holm, Søren; Heggestad, Anne Kari Tolo; Hofmann, Bjørn Morten; Robertsen, Annette; Alnæs, Anne Hambro; Cox, Shereen; Pedersen, Reidar & Bernabe, Rosemarie de la Cruz (2020). Back to WHAT? The role of research ethics in pandemic times. Medicine, Health care and Philosophy.  ISSN 1386-7423. . doi: 10.1007/s11019-020-09984-x

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