Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting in Health

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The proposed Centre of Excellence will build on current applied research in Universal Health Coverage decision support to become a world-leading Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting in Health.

Contact: Ole Frithjof Norheim

The Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting (BCEPS) is currently funded to provide Universal Health Care decision support to specific countries. Its proposal for a Centre of Excellence for Ethics and Priority Setting in Health (with working title “BCEPS+”) aims to develop new methods and a new ethical framework that can be applied at all levels to achieve fair and efficient priority setting in health.

The 10-year perspective that can become a reality with Centre of Excellence status will enable our experienced team of researchers to undertake the foundational research necessary to achieve this goal. If funded, the new Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting in Health is poised to become a world-leading research environment that will attract and train new talent for years to come.

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Research Goals

Foundational research is needed to clarify how ethical principles can better guide priority setting for health and well-being. The planned workstreams at the new centre have the potential to achieve ground-breaking results.

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Background and Vision

Led by researchers renowned in their fields, the new centre will generate ground-breaking results in the form of new methods and a new ethical framework for fair and efficient priority setting in health.

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Partners and People

By bringing together top scholars in ethics, economics and epidemiology, the new centre will attract young talent and ensure inclusive high-quality education for the next generation of scientists.

Relevant Publications

Tarun Shankar Choudhary, Sarmila Mazumder, Øystein Ariansen Haaland, Sunita Taneja, Rajiv Bahl, Jose Martines, Maharaj Kishan Bhan, Kjell Arne Johansson, Halvor Sommerfelt, Nita Bhandari and Ole F. Norheim. "Health equity impact of community-initiated kangaroo mother care: A randomized controlled trial". Equity in Health. In press.

Ezekiel J Emanuel, Allen Buchanan, Shuk Ying Chan, Cécile Fabre, Daniel Halliday, Joseph Heath, Lisa Herzog, R J Leland, Matthew S McCoy, Ole F Norheim, Carla Saenz, G Owen Schaefer, Kok-Chor Tan, Christopher Heath Wellman, Jonathan Wolff, Govind Persad. What are the obligations of pharmaceutical companies in a global health emergency? The Lancet; 5 August 2021.

L.T. Fadnes, C.F. Aas, J.H. Vold, R.A. Leiva, C. Ohldieck, F. Chalabianloo, S. Skurtveit, O.J. Lygren, O. Dalgård, P. Vickerman, H. Midgard, E.M. Løberg, K.A. Johansson; INTRO-HCV Study Group. Integrated treatment of hepatitis C virus infection among people who inject drugs: A multicenter randomized controlled trial (INTRO-HCV) PLoS Med. 1 June 2021.

S. Verguet, A. Hailu, G.T. Eregata, S.T. Memirie, K.A. Johansson, O.F. Norheim. Toward universal health coverage in the post-COVID-19 era. Nat Med. 15 March 2021.

L.M. Herzog, O.F. Norheim, E.J. Emanuel, M.S. McCoy. Covax must go beyond proportional allocation of covid vaccines to ensure fair and equitable access. BMJ. 5 January 2021.

E.J. Emanuel, G. Persad, A. Kern, A. Buchanan, C. Fabre, D. Halliday, J. Heath, L. Herzog, R.J. Leland, E.T. Lemango, F. Luna, M.S. McCoy, O.F. Norheim, T. Ottersen, G.O. Schaefer, K.C. Tan, C.H. Wellman, J. Wolff, H.S. Richardson. An ethical framework for global vaccine allocation. Science. 11 September 2020.

Mazumder S., S. Taneja, B. Dube, K. Bhatia, R. Ghosh, M. Shekhar, B. Sinha, R. Bahl, J. Martines, M. K. Bhan, H. Sommerfelt, and N. Bhandari. Effect of community-initiated kangaroo mother care on survival of infants with low birthweight: a randomized controlled trial. The Lancet. 394: 1724–36. November 2019.



This is a proposed Centre of Excellence – Senter for fremragende forskning – from the University of Bergen.