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Management and Staff for Infection Control and Environmental Health

The Division of Infection Control and Environmental Health is working to prevent infectious diseases and reduce damage to health caused by environmental factors.

Executive Director

Geir Bukholm

Fasttelefon: +47 21 07 66 91

Visiting address

Lovisenberggata 8

0456 Oslo

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Postal address

Norwegian Institute of Public Health, PO Box 222 Skøyen

N-0213 Oslo

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Switchboard: +47 21 07 70 00

Key activities are emergency preparedness, investigations, consultancy, laboratory services and research, both at national and international levels. Target groups include the authorities, health professionals and the general public.

The division is also responsible for co-ordinating emergency preparedness, consultancy and laboratory services across the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.


Our advice is based on the latest knowledge. This requires insight and scientific understanding that is generated from research, systematic research reviews and reports.

Population studies are conducted, as well as laboratory-based studies and research. Laboratory research involves experimental studies in cells and animals and analyses of harmful contaminants, bacteria and viruses.

The division has expertise within: 

  • exposure to health-damaging pollutants in the environment 
  • nutrients, pathogens and other food components 
  • damaging effects of chemicals in consumer products
  • components and pathogens in drinking water
  • noise strain from different sources
  • indoor and outdoor climate health
  • prevention of infectious diseases
  • pathogens

Emergency preparedness

The division is responsible for preparedness relating to risk assessment, prevention and detection of infectious disease outbreaks, and environmental incidents that may have adverse health effects.

There are three on-call duty officers: 

  • Poisons Information Centre provides advice and guidance to the general public and health professionals 
  • Infectious disease control duty medical officer provides a consultation helpline for health professionals
  • Microbiological emergency duty officer

Health surveillance

Infectious disease surveillance is essential for evaluating and implementing measures that limit the spread of infectious diseases. There are three registries: 

  • Norwegian Surveillance System for Communicable Diseases (MSIS) collects data about notifiable infectious diseases that are submitted to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health 
  • Norwegian Surveillance System for Antibiotic Use and Hospital-Acquired Infections (NOIS) collects information about healthcare-associated infections in hospitals and nursing homes 
  • Norwegian Surveillance System for Viral Resistance (RAVN) collects information about virus resistance in Norway.

Samples from cases of infectious diseases caused by bacteria or viruses are received from the health authorities.

Through detection and characterisation using advanced genetic engineering and microbiological methods, information is gathered about the national epidemiological status.

The field epidemiological team assists the municipal health and care services with evaluation, clarification and measures to stop infectious disease outbreaks.

The following registries are operated to monitor various environmental health risk factors:

  • National Register of Severe Allergic Reactions to Food
  • National Register of Adverse Effects from Cosmetic Products
  • Waterworks Registry

Vaccines and immunisation

The division is responsible for the childhood immunisation programme, advice about the other vaccines and vaccine supply. This includes: 

  • Registration of immunisation coverage (SYSVAK) 
  • Monitoring of adverse events after vaccination (in collaboration with the Norwegian Medicines Agency) 
  • Monitoring of immunity in the population 
  • Advice about vaccines and immunisation 


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Geir Bukholm

Executive Director

Tlf: +47 21 07 66 91

M: +47 992 91 018

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Amirtha Mylvaganam

Tlf: +47 21 07 63 42

M: +47 412 57 562

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Anne Marie Moe

Tlf: +47 21 07 65 24

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Christine Instanes

Department Director

Tlf: +47 21 07 63 58

M: +47 959 00 597

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Dominique Andree Yvette Caugant

Chief Scientist

Tlf: +47 21 07 63 11

M: +47 938 63 188

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Frode Forland

"Specialist director," Associate professor UiT

Tlf: +47 21 07 84 23

M: +47 986 34 044

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Hanne Magdalene Nøkleby

Chief Scientific Adviser

Tlf: +47 21 07 62 60

M: +47 950 88 972

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Helle Margrete Meltzer

Research director

Tlf: +47 21 07 63 37

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Ingeborg Aase S. Aaberge

Tlf: +47 21 07 66 59

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Jan Alexander

Specialist director and professor

Tlf: +47 21 07 62 53

M: +47 906 22 316

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Jasper Rick Littmann

Director - Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance

M: +47 481 22 894

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Jorunn Hill

Tlf: +47 21 07 65 03

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Karin Elisabeth Melsom

Senior Adviser

Tlf: +47 21 07 66 85

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Kjerstin Klevdal Nielsen

Tlf: +47 21 07 62 64

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Lene Kristine Juvet

Department Director

Tlf: +47 21 07 72 87

M: +47 901 20 435

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Nina Storvik

Tlf: +47 21 07 62 69

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Per Everhard Schwarze

Department Director

Tlf: +47 21 07 63 86

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Tehsina Nasar

Tlf: +47 21 07 80 00

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Toril Attramadal

Tlf: +47 21 07 66 37

M: +47 913 98 086

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Ulf Reidar Dahle

Specialist director

Tlf: +47 21 07 63 76

M: +47 995 75 796

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Wenche Flaten

Adviser/Executive assistant

Tlf: +47 21 07 69 47

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