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Social mission of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) acts as a national competence institution placed directly under the Ministry of Health and Care Services. Our social mission is to provide knowledge and systematic reviews to contribute to good public health efforts and healthcare services. In this way we contribute to better health, both in Norway and globally.

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The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) acts as a national competence institution placed directly under the Ministry of Health and Care Services. Our social mission is to provide knowledge and systematic reviews to contribute to good public health efforts and healthcare services. In this way we contribute to better health, both in Norway and globally.


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The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is a national competence institution in the following areas: 

  • infectious disease control
  • physical and mental health
  • environmental factors, substance abuse, tobacco, nutrition, physical activity and other factors that affects health status and inequality
  • health-promoting and preventive measures in the population
  • global health

Vision

The vision of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health is better health for all.  We have three main tasks: we provide knowledge, emergency preparedness and infrastructure to protect life and improve public health. 

Some key facts

  • Established in January 2002.
  • 866 man-years as of 31.12.2018.
  • Annual budget in 2018: 1.737 billion Norwegian Kroner. This includes: 
    • Purchase, storage and distribution of vaccines in the Childhood Immunisation Programme and for emergency preparedness
    • Sales income
    • Project funding
    • External research grants obtained via national and international competition