Section for Ethics and Health Economics

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The Section for Ethics and Health Economics (ETØK) at the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care (IGS) focuses on ethical and financial issues related to health and health priorities.

Section leader: Oddvar Kaarbøe.


The Section has two research groups:

- Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting (BCEPS)
- Health, Leadership, and Translational Ethics Research (HELTER)

Central topics of research include:

- priority setting in health
- ethics and decision making
- translational ethics
- local implications of global and national health policy
- financial risk in health services
- standard and distribution-sensitive evaluations in health economics

IGS Department Day 2021
Super Strong Superheroes

Who are we and what do we do at ETØK?

The Section for Ethics and Health Economics (ETØK) has produced a fun video to show how its researchers contribute to the department's vision of "Better Health - Better Society".

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New study using confidential drug prices demonstrate how disease severity impact drug coverage decisions

In a new study from the University of Bergen (UiB), confidential drug prices have been used to evaluate coverage decisions for new drugs in Norway.


13th International Society for Priorities in Health Conference is approaching

Leading experts gather to discuss global health priorities. Do not miss the ISPH Conference from 28-30 April.

Nøtter, bønner og linser

Food pattern calculator estimates how to gain up to ten life years

Researchers at UiB have developed a calculator that can estimate how many life years you could gain by modifications in diet patterns.

Research Council of Norway | SFF initiative
SFF Initiative

BCEPS in the final round of evaluation to become a Norwegian Centre of Excellence

BCEPS is one of seven applicants from the University of Bergen to reach the final round of the Research Council of Norway's Centre of Excellence (SFF) initiative with its proposal for a Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting in Health.

The Section is also responsible for teaching courses as part of the following study programmes:

Master in Health and Society
Master in Biomedical Sciences
Master in Global Health
PhD courses
Elective courses