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Health Promotion

Department of Health Promotion is engaged in mental health research and analytics.

The departments work helps build knowledge of how social arenas such as local communities and work are linked to health. Key areas of expertise include health promotion, knowledge of health behaviours and risk factors, as well as evaluations of initiatives to improve mental health amongst the population.

Core tasks

Health analytics and advice

The department provides analysis and advice relating to many of its key areas of expertise, in particular sleep, sleep problems and mitigating measures to reduce sleep problems in the population. The department is involved in a number of evaluations of initiatives relevant to public health. The work is carried out in close co-operation with other departments specialising in this topic. Many of the department's employees are affiliated with the Centre for Burden of Disease. Based in Bergen, the department is involved in several areas of collaboration with the Division for Health Data and Digitalisation.


In line with its duties regarding health analytics and advice, the department aims its research primarily at sleep and sleep problems, the evaluation of measures relevant to public health, and the prevalence and consequences of mental health problems.


Switchboard: +47 21 07 70 00

Department Director

Leif Edvard Aarø

Visiting address

Zander Kaaesgate 7

5015 Bergen

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Postal address

Norwegian Institute of Public Health, PO Box 973 Sentrum

N-5808 Bergen

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Leif Edvard Aarø

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Ane Kathrine Lunde

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Ann Kristin Skrindo Knudsen

Senior researcher

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Anne-Siri Fismen

Tlf: +47 53 20 40 15

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Benjamin Matthew Clarsen


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Børge Sivertsen

Senior researcher

Tlf: +47 53 20 41 01

M: +47 997 69 262

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Gerhard Sulo

Tlf: +47 21 07 80 17

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Gunnhild Johnsen Hjetland

M: +47 951 06 943

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Ingebjørg Louise Rockwell Djupedal

Tlf: +47 21 07 62 34

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Jens Christoffer Skogen

Research Professor

M: +47 945 27 617

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Kari Klungsøyr

Senior Medical Officer

Tlf: +47 53 20 40 23

M: +47

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Linn Vathne Lervik

Tlf: +47 21 07 80 19

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Marit Knapstad

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Øystein Vedaa

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Robert Frans Otto Smith

Full Research Professor

Tlf: +47 53 20 41 13

M: +47 942 36 412

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Sara Ghaderi

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Solbjørg Makalani Myrtveit Sæther

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Viktor Schønning

PhD candidate

M: +47 916 38 570