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Welcome to the start of studies

Welcome to a new semester with new acquaintances and a good academic study environment.

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Eivind Engebretsen, Vice-Dean of the Bachelor's and Master's Study. Photo: UiO

It is really great to see our students back at UiO! It is a pleasure to once again meet new and old students on our premises.

We are proud of our teachers and lecturers, administrative staff and students who are ready to receive you. We aim to provide students with easy access to a good academic study environment, and you will get good and close support from our academic staff throughout your studies and in smaller groups so as to get to know each other well.

During the start of your studies, you will also be assigned to a buddy group that will introduce you to your new surroundings. This autumn, we have appointed some older students as student assistants who will offer academic support to our new students. We hope that this will contribute to a good start for everyone.

Sustainable Healthcare Education

UiO has a unique academic and research community within the field of healthcare education. This has really been demonstrated over the past year, where many of our researchers and educators have played an important role in the media and as authority advisors. As bachelor and master students at UiO, you will receive supervision and teaching from the best professionals in the field. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet other students from different countries, professions and academic backgrounds.

At the Faculty of Medicine, we have the country’s first Centre for Excellence in Education within the field of health sciences, the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare Education (SHE). The purpose of the centre is to help our health science students to make wise and long-term decisions in accordance with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

This includes working for a healthy climate, less overtreatment and wise prioritisation in the health services. SHE wishes to work together with students to improve educational programmes so that they can meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Among other things, we will announce a number of grants that students may apply for. Read more about SHE here

This autumn, we are particularly looking forward to making new acquaintances and starting academic activities. Over the past year, we have learned a lot about digital teaching and have developed new e-learning tools. We are now planning for increased physical teaching, but are well prepared to carry out digital teaching if necessary.

We ask our students to keep themselves updated regarding information about the COVID-19 situation from the faculty on our page for coronavirus outbreak information.
We look forward to meeting our old and new students!  

Best regards  

Eivind Engebretsen, Vice-Dean of the Bachelor's and Master's Study


Welcome to the Institute of Health and Society (HELSAM)

At the Department of Health and Society, we base our work on a complex understanding of disease, health and health systems. This characterizes the research, teaching and dissemination at the department.

An introuction video of the Institute of Health and Society from head of institute Terje P. Hagen.


Our institute offered a digital lecture giving a basic introduction to the Norwegian health care system. The lecture is primarily intended for students without basic knowledge of the Norwegian health care system, e.g. foreign students and master students without background in the health sciences or in health management/health economics. The lecture is now available at the lower end of this webside

Departments at HELSAM 

The department spans various disciplines and consists of these departments: Community medicine, Interdisciplinary health sciences, Health management and health economics, Medical ethics, Community medicine and Nursing science. Each department presented to you in the videos below.


Nursing Science


Interdisciplinary Health Sciences


Health Management and Health Economics


Medical Ethics


Community medicine and Global health


Research from the Community of medicine and Global Health


Introduction to the Norwegian health care system

Published Aug. 12, 2020 10:02 PM - Last modified Aug. 13, 2021 12:34 PM