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Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)

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The Norwegian Institute of Public Health provides knowledge about the health status in the population, which factors affect it and how it can be improved. The institute has overall responsibility for knowledge production and systematic reviews for the health sector. In addition, the institute provides scientific advice and forensic science services to the police and judiciary. The institute is responsible for national health registries, biobanks and health studies, such as the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, and performs research, health analyses, systematic reviews and risk assessments. The institute is also active within the field of international public health. The institute's activities are divided into four domains: 1) Mental and Physical Health 2) Infection Control and Environmental Health 3) Health Data and Digitalisation and 4) Forensic Sciences. On 1st January 2016, the Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, the Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research (SIRUS) and the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM) were incorporated into the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and a joint library for health administration was established.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) is a driving force in improving the health, quality of life and legal protection of the population. National and international research and health surveillance collaboration gives valuable insight into factors that affect public health and how it can be improved. The NIPH also collaborates with the WHO, EU, EEA, sister institutions, universities, organisations and health authorities in low- and middle-income countries on global health issues. The NIPH is placed directly under the Ministry of Health and Care Services, alongside the Norwegian Directorate of Health, the Norwegian Board of Health Supervision and the Norwegian Medicines Agency.

There are approximately 1,400 employees located in Oslo and Bergen.

The institute is an Inclusive Working Life (IA) employer and is committed to diversity. We encourage applications from qualified candidates, regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnicity or nationality.

The NIPH acts as a national competence institution for governmental authorities, the health service, the judiciary, prosecuting authorities, politicians, the media and the general public on issues related to forensic medicine, physical and mental health, prevention of communicable diseases and prevention of harmful environmental influences. The NIPH will be a driving force in improving the population’s health and quality of life and preventing illness and injury. The NIPH will also assist the prosecuting authorities and the judiciary in resolving criminal and civil cases.

Our vision: a healthier population

The aim is to prevent disease. The main goals are to:

  • be prepared for acute health threats
  • advise and provide services that improve public health
  • have an overview of the health of the population and factors influencing public health
  • gain knowledge of what causes common diseases and what gives people better health

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