Espen Kolstad Heen

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Visiting address Kirkeveien 166 Fredrik Holsts hus 0450 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1130 Blindern 0318 Oslo

Academic interests

Iodine nutrition. Metodological issues in analysis of iodine and iodine epidemiology, Water hydration, Neonatal morbidity and mortality in Low income countries. Stress induced diseases

Courses taught

  • Master in International health - introductory courses - University of Oslo
  • Basic epidemiology and research methodology - University of Hargeisa
  • Neonatology for medical and midwifery students - University of Hargeisa


MD (2001), DTMH Liverpool School of tropical medicine (2009) Mphil International Health Helsam UiO (2012)

Clinical experience: Family medicine, Internal Medicine/Geriatrics, Pediatrics and Psychiatry.

Teaching: Epidemiology, Micronutrition, Medical ethics, Neonatology, International Health, Spirituality in medicine

Health Development Project CEO, developing curriculums and monitoring systems for Medical education (medical and nursing students). Eastern Africa/Horn of Africa


University of Hargeisa

CMF Kenya


  • Heen, Espen Kolstad; Størdal, Ketil; Lundeby, Karen Marie; Abdi, Abdirashid & Walmann, Frøydis (2022). Facility-based care of small and sick newborns: experiences with establishing a neonatal special care unit in Somaliland. Journal of Global Health Reports. ISSN 2399-1623. 6. doi: 10.29392/001c.33619.
  • Heen, Espen Kolstad; Størdal, Ketil; Wachira, John; Heen, Ingjerd & Lundeby, Karen Marie (2022). Do we need a new global policy for ending preventable perinatal deaths in fragile low-income countries? Journal of Global Health. ISSN 2047-2978. 12. doi: 10.7189/jogh.12.03020.
  • Heen, Espen Kolstad; Romøren, Maria; Yassin, Amal A & Madar, Ahmed Ali (2021). Household Water is the Main Source of Iodine Consumption Among Women in Hargeisa, Somaliland: A Cross-Sectional Study. Journal of Nutrition. ISSN 0022-3166. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxab377.
  • Heen, Espen Kolstad; Madar, Ahmed Ali; Yassin, Amal A & Romøren, Maria (2021). Estimates of fluid intake, urine output and hydration-levels in women from Somaliland: a cross-sectional study. Journal of Nutritional Science (JNS). ISSN 2048-6790. doi: 10.1017/jns.2021.54.
  • Madar, Ahmed Ali; Heen, Espen Kolstad; Hopstock, Laila Arnesdatter; Carlsen, Monica Hauger & Meyer, Haakon E (2020). Iodine intake in Norwegian women and men: The population-based Tromsø Study 2015–2016. Nutrients. ISSN 2072-6643. 12(11), p. 1–13. doi: 10.3390/nu12113246. Full text in Research Archive
  • Heen, Espen Kolstad & Madar, Ahmed Ali (2020). Bottled Water from National Manufacturers in Somaliland: Water Quality and Health Implications. ScienceOpen. ISSN 2199-1006. doi: 10.14293/S2199-1006.1.SOR-.PPRWQPU.v1.
  • Lundeby, Karen Marie; Heen, Espen Kolstad; Mosa, Mohammed; Abdi, Abdirashid & Størdal, Ketil (2020). Neonatal morbidity and mortality in Hargeisa, Somaliland: An observational, hospital based study. Pan African Medical Journal. ISSN 1937-8688. 37(3). doi: 10.11604/pamj.2020.37.3.24741. Full text in Research Archive
  • Madar, Ahmed Ali; Meltzer, Helle Margrete; Heen, Espen K & Meyer, Haakon E (2018). Iodine Status among Somali Immigrants in Norway. Nutrients. ISSN 2072-6643. 10(3). doi: 10.3390/nu10030305. Full text in Research Archive

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  • Engelsen, Thea Cecilie & Heen, Espen Kolstad (2022). Fortsatt dør millioner av spedbarn i sør. Forskere foreslår nye grep for pleie av nyfødte. ISSN 1891-635X.
  • Nordland, Ester & Heen, Espen Kolstad (2022). Slik får man ned barnedødeligheten: – Tenk mindre lokalt og mer regionalt. Bistandsaktuelt. ISSN 1501-0201.
  • Heen, Espen Kolstad & Engelsen, Thea Cecilie (2022). We need to rethink the methodology of assessing and supplementing iodine to large population groups.

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