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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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Ph.d. fellows


Visiting address

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. Dean Kristin Akerjordet has led the faculty since 2017.

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:

Positive feedback after digital workshop

The first digital workshop in the NORHED II project was successful, and developing simulation-based training is on sched...

The infant's voice - user participation and infants

In this project the main aim is to procure knowledge about the concept user participation applied on infants.

Teamwork in hospital: a human factors approach

Effective teamwork and sufficient communication are critical components essential to patient safety in today’s specializ...

International Symposium for Early Career Research in Quality and Safety in Healthcare

The symposium is held 23-24 November 2021. The digital event is organized by SHARE - Centre for Resilience in Healthcare...

Become a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Health Sciences

The Master programme in Prehospital Critical care is looking for motivated students who want to combine their studies wi...

A Norwegian project for student active simulation-based learning in higher education

Here we present a project that will substantially build on the findings of SAFETY+ and offers possibilities for future d...

New course offer on health in humanitarian crisis

UiS is collaborating with VID Specialized University on a new course to provide students with concepts and perspectives ...

Burden of treatment in patients with chronic heart failure

In this new paper, researcher at the University of Stavanger explore the associations between burden of treatment, psych...

Easier to say recovery than to do recovery

Health and social services in Norway have adapted recovery as base for the mental health and substance use services. Res...

Each emergency is different and requires different skills

Two medical emergencies have been outlined in this article. The SAFETY Project is about trying to understand different t...

SAFETY - Simulation approach for education and training in emergency

SAFETY is an Erasmus+ project aiming at assessing the gap between theoretical and practical knowledge in emergency medic...

Implementing simulation-based health education

The project aims to strengthen the capacity and quality of nursing and midwifery education at partner universities in Ma...

COVCOM - Fighting a pandemic through translating science

COVCOM aims to develop effective, evidence-based video communication for translating complex but important health messag...

Implementing simulation-based education in Malawi and Tanzania

The University of Stavanger has received NOK 18.7 million from Norad to implement simulation-based education in nursing...

Occupational health services should have an active role in alcohol prevention

Research shows that occupational health services may be an abeyant asset for alcohol prevention, but need competence, ti...

Norway Pumps and Pipes

The Pumps and Pipes initiative fosters collaboration and transfer of knowledge between oil and gas and the health sector...

How is thinking related to behavior?

The Cognitive Lab provides the natural sciences with a meeting place for the health sciences, psychology and various dis...

The importance of religion in encounters with death at work

How do migrant nursing home staff relate to religion in their work with patients who are approaching death?

Who has the most and the least stressful jobs?

A study showed that 15 % of the employees had high-strain jobs. Being female, having low education level, doing shift wo...

Extended individual placement and support (IPS) contributed to participation in job and education

With an expanded model for IPS, 63% of people with severe mental illness who were unemployed found a job or started educ...

Employees with high alcohol consumption may experience impaired work performance

A review of research conducted on more than 92 000 employees in 15 countries suggests that employees characterized by hi...

InvolveMENT – for adolescents’ mental health

This research project will contribute to strengthen access to and the quality of healthcare services for adolescents who...

QUALinCLINstud - Aiming for quality in nursing home care

The QUALinCLINstud project addresses the urgent need for improved quality in clinical supervision and assessment of stud...

SAFE-LEAD - Improving quality and safety in primary care

Many leaders in primary care experience a lack of effective tools in dealing with quality and safety issues to ensure th...

Resilience in Healthcare

The primary goal of the Resilience in Healthcare (RiH) project is to reform the quality of current healthcare systems by...

Training app for enhancing students' clinical nursing skills

Norwegian, English, and Spanish nursing students can now use a new app when practicing practical procedures. The app aim...

Develops competence in prehospital services

After completing the master's degree in Prehospital Critical Care, Mona Guterud became Norway's first ambulance worker t...

PROFRES Research School

PROFRES is a national research school within the professional disciplines of health, welfare and education which aims to...

Caring Futures: Developing Care Ethics for Technology-Mediated Care Practices

The research project Caring Futures: Developing Care Ethics for Technology-Mediated Care Practices (QUALITECH) will furt...

Testing an eHealth service to reduce the burden of treatment

In a new project at UiS, researchers will test an eHealth solution that can strengthen the chronically ill's health-prom...

Developing simulation training using 360 ° video

360ViSi is an international collaborative project with the aim of developing innovative learning methodologies in health...

Saving newborn lives through ventilation

Robert Moshiro defended his thesis on making births in low-income countries safer.

The use of personal life stories in care work

The project "Life Sheet" maps the use of patients’ personal life stories as part of care work practices in nursing homes...

Cognitive and behavioral neuroscience lab

The Cognitive Lab provides the natural sciences and research on cognition and artificial intelligence with a meeting pla...

Can remote ultrasound training be as effective as standard classroom training?

How can we organize ultrasound training in a pandemic situation and across national borders? Researchers at the Universi...

UiS presents simulation app on international research conference

The University of Stavanger took part in INTED in Valencia to present the DIGISIM app, a three-year long development pro...

Network for Carer Research

The network brings together researchers, clinical practitioners, and representatives of other stakeholder groups to stre...

Department of Quality and Health Technology

The department’s main objective is to facilitate high-quality care for patients and users in healthcare services.

Department of Caring and Ethics

The department’s main objective is to develop and disseminate interdisciplinary knowledge of care and ethics, to assure ...

Department of Public Health

The department’s main objective is to contribute to the prevention of acute and chronic health problems and increase par...

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 Kristin Akerjordet and Faculty director Arne Endresen. Bjørg F. Oftedal 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

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Faculty of Health Sciences
Prodekan for forskning og innovasjon
Faculty of Health Sciences

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Department of Quality and Health Technology
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Department of Public Health
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Department of Caring and Ethics
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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: 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: Svein Skeie (Stavanger universitetssjukehus)

Deputy chair: Per Haarr

Academic staff: Marit Alstveit, Bodil Bø, Randi Wågø Aas og Siri Wiig

Technical and administrative staff: Gunn Tone Ask

Student representatives: Snorre Egeberg Johnsen og Elina Espedal