Global Health Priorities

PhD Candidates at Global Health Priorities

The following researchers successfully completed their PhDs in the Global Health Priorities research group:

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PhD Candidates (defended thesis in 2017/2018)

Frode Lindemark (2017)

Lindemark is an experienced medical doctor that became interested in the ethics of priority setting in the intensive care unit. He worked on a large dataset from the Norwegian Intensive Registry. He found that even if intensive care in Norway is costly, those who are admitted benefit a lot and the services are for most patients clearly cost-effective. Even more so if adjusted for the severity of disease. A main conclusion from his work is that the priorities made by doctors in Norwegian intensive care units are sound and reasonable. Frode is now working at the Department of pulmonology, Haukeland University Hospital.

Mieraf Taddesse Tolla (2018)

Tolla was recruited from the World Bank country office in Ethiopia. In her PhD she looked at how much people in Ethiopia actually pay out of pocket for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.  A main finding is that these services push many people into poverty - and should therefore be funded publicly because they do not only save lives, they also provide financial protection and reduce poverty. Mieraf was recently awarded with a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Carl Tollef Solheim (2018)

During Solberg's years as a medical student, he managed not only to complete his medical degree, he also completed a master’s degree in philosophy as well as joining the MD/PhD track. After completing “Forskerlinjen” he won a PhD award, spent time at Oxford University, and wrote his PhD on the topic “when is the worst time to die?” In his work, he provides a promising framework for reconciling the philosophical “Badness of Death” debate with larger health policy issues. Carl Tollef now works as an intern at AHUS and is publishing an edited book at Oxford University Press.

Kristine H. Onarheim (2018)

Onarheim is a medical doctor and researcher. Her research interests are in priority setting in global health, resource allocation in resource-constrained settings, and global health governance. Her PhD explored priority setting and intra-household resource allocation for newborn health in Ethiopia. She has been a visiting scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA. Onarheim currently works as a medical doctor in Ålesund, Norway, and have clinical experience from Ethiopia and India. She was a founding member of the Lancet Youth Commission on Essential Medicines Policies and an intern at the World Health Organization. Onarheim’s work is published in journals such as BMC Health Services Research, The Lancet Global Health, Journal of Medical Ethics, PlosOne and Social Science & Medicine


Earlier PhD Candidates

Frida Ngalesoni (2016)

Frida is a MD from the University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania and MSc in Health Economy from the University of York UK. She defended her PdD thesis "Economics of non-communicable diseases prevention. Cost-effectiveness and equity impact of primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in Tanzania" in December 2016. Frida is now working in the Tanzanian Department of Health.

Solomon Memirie (2016)

Solomon is a pediatrician educated in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. In August 2016 he defended his PhD thesis "Scale-up of high impact maternal and child health interventions in Ethiopia: equity, cost and cost-effectiveness analyses". Solomon is now a Takemi Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH).

George Ruhago (2015)

George has a background as a health officer with a MSc in Health Policy and Administration from Muhimbili University Tanzania. He defended his PhD thesis "Economic evaluation and equity impact analysis of interventions for maternal and child health in Tanzania: Evidence for fair and efficient priority setting” in November 2015. He currently works as a senior advisor

Trygve Ottersen (2013)

Trygve, MD from the University of Bergen, did his PhD in the GHP research group. In his thesis "Greater benefits and the worse off" he explores and analyzes two core principles of health care priority setting: the greaer beneift principle and the worse off principle. He defended his thesis in 2013, and was then a post.doc. and researcher affiliated to the group. Trygve is now executive director of area five at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.


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