Faculty of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences educates competent healthcare professionals for health services in a state of constant transition. Our research covers subject areas related to health, medicine, ethics and welfare to ensure an interdisciplinary approach to health and healthcare services.

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Kjell Arholms hus



Our activities take place in close collaboration with clinical practice and business partners.

About the faculty

The Faculty comprises three departments, the research centre SHARE and the faculty administration. The faculty is headed by dean Eldar Søreide.

The Faculty is responsible for the education, research and dissemination of knowledge within health sciences and medicine. Through our research, we contribute to the innovation and development of healthcare and welfare services in close collaboration with users, clinical practice and business partners. 

Healthcare and welfare services are facing complex challenges and require the development of state of the art skills and competence. The faculty will educate healthcare professionals who are able to deliver treatment and care based on thorough subject knowledge, and who possess the ability to reflect and to make ethical,sustainable choices in complicated situations.

Employees at the faculty are organised into the following departments, supported by the faculty administration:

In addition, SHARE - Centre for Resilience in Healthcare is an integral part of the faculty, and provides the country’s most pioneering research environment within quality and safety in healthcare services.

Contact us

The faculty management and administration are located at Kjell Arholms hus, on Ullandhaug campus. Telephone: (+47) 51 83 41 00 E-mail: helsefag@uis.no

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Study programmes

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers state of the art education within health sciences from bachelor to doctoral level.

There is an increasing demand for qualified health workers both nationally and globally in the foreseeable future (Photo: Svein Lunde, Stavanger University Hospital).

We have two highly regarded bachelor programs in nursing and paramedicine, interdisciplinary master programmes in Health Sciences, Substance Use and Mental Health Work and Prehospital Critical Care, as well as nursing specialisations within midwifery, public health nursing, anesthesia, intensive care, surgical nursing and cancer care.   

Our committed staff strive to develop new teaching methods and tools that provide excellent learning opportunities for our students. In both training and research, we focus on digitalisation, interdisciplinary collaboration and simulation. In recent years, our staff have been particularly active in the implementation of digital learning tools such as e-learning apps for nursing education. The skills laboratories in Kjell Arholms hus, the simulation centre SAFER and the newly established test, innovation and simulation centre HelseCampus are some of the facilities that our students can utilize to practice practical procedures and simulate situations which are relevant for the challenges they will meet in clinical practice.

The faculty's research education within health sciences and medicine has a strong interdisciplinary focus. Our PhD candidates participate in exciting research projects and work within robust and diverse research environments. Our candidates are provided ample support and mentoring opportunities during their research training. The faculty also hosts PROFRES – a national research school within the professional disciplines of health, welfare and education. 


Research at the faculty covers a wide range of fields in health sciences and medicine. Our research environments cooperate closely with patients, users, clinical practice and business partners to aid the further development of health services.

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The faculty has a broad research environment within health, medicine and care (Photo: Elisabeth Tønnessen).

The faculty is at the forefront of research within simulation and e-learning, patient safety and quality in health services. Our research focuses on measures to promote health, increase societal? participation and strengthen relational competence, as well as strengthening and widening the knowledge base for quality improvement, development and innovation in clinical practice.      

Challenges within the health sector are increasingly met with digitalisation and the development of new technology.  The ability to work in an interdisciplinary manner and use technology in healthcare is increasingly important. At the Faculty of Health Sciences, we research the implementation of health technology and meet the challenges of current ethical dilemmas in order to provide evidence and knowledge-based health services of high quality for patients and users.

The Network for medicine and health has been established at the faculty to bring together academic environments across disciplines and institutions, and to further develop UiS’ medical competence within education and research.

The Faculty management

The faculty is led by Dean Eldar Søreide and Faculty director Arne Endresen. Marit Alstveit and Henriette Thune are Vice Deans for education and research. Department heads and leader of the research center SHARE are part of the faculty management.

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Faculty of Health Sciences
Fakultetsadministrasjonen HV
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Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Public Health
Prodekan for forskning og innovasjon
Faculty of Health Sciences
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Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Quality and Health Technology
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Faculty of Arts and Education
Department of Education and Sports Science
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Department of Caring and Ethics
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Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Quality and Health Technology

The Faculty Administration

The Faculty administration plays an advisory role, and is responsible for overall administration and procedures.

Kjell Arhoms hus

The faculty administration is located in the Kjell Arholm building, 1st floor. Faculty director Arne Endresen is head of the administration.

Reception opening hours:

Even weeks: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 09.00 - 13.00
Odd weeks: Tuesday and Thursday from 09.00 - 13.00


E-mail: helsefag@uis.no Telephone: (+47) 51 83 41 00

Employees in the Faculty Administration

The Faculty Board

The Faculty Board is responsible for determining overall goals, priorities and strategies for the faculty.

Ullandhaug campus

This entails, among other things, determining study programmes, submitting proposals to the university board, as well as defining areas for strategic initiatives within research and public relations.    

The Faculty Board has 9 members. The Board consists of academic and administrative employees, students and external members.

Members of the board 2017-2021

Chair of the Board: Per Haarr

Deputy chair: Anne Marie Joa

Academic staff: Siri Wiig, Trond Erik Grønnestad, Marianne Storm og Kolbjørn K. Brønnick

Technical and administrative staff: Stine B. Sørflaten

Student representatives: Jakob H. Grung og Selma Brakalsvålet