Bjarne Robberstad


Head of Department , Section for Ethics and Health Economics


Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care


Economic evaluation of health interventions in low income settings


  1. INTH 306, Health Economics, Centre for International Health. Facilitator and main lecturer for the years 2002-2005.
  2. INTH 316, The Health Systems, Centre for International Health. Facilitator and main lecturer for the module ”Introduction to Economic Evaluation” for the years 2006-2010.
  3. The global HIV epidemic and research challenges to improve prevention, support and care. Lecturing and supervision at this TropEd course at the Centre for International Health for the years 2003-2010.
  4. ECON 221, Health Economics, Department of Economics, UiB. Guest lecturing 2006-2009.
  5. Miscellaneous guest lecturing at the University of Tromsø, the Univsersity College of Oslo and Norwegian Teacher Academy 2006 – 2010.
  6. Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences: Teaching at Financing and Health Economics module in Master of Arts in Health Policy and Management, 2008.
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See a complete overview of publications in Cristin.

Enhanced contact investigation for tuberculosis is cost-effective in Pakistan

Adding enhanced contact investigation to the existing passive mode detected 3.8 times more cases of TB per index patient compared with passive contact investigation alone in Pakistan, and cost of US$238 per incremental patient with TB identified. This is the main conclusion of Hamidah Hussain and HELTER's new paper in BMJ Open.


Measuring health problems in patients with Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms associated with amalgam fillings is challenging

Admassu Lamu and colleagues find that the GHC-index is a valid and responsive instrument for assessing symptom load in MUPS patients attributing their health complaints to amalgam fillings and undergoing amalgam removal.  Published recently in Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, with support from HELTER.



1. Malaria Chemoprevention for the post-discharge management of severe anaemia in children in Malawi, Uganda and Kenya (IPTpd): Moving towards policy. Budget 32.8 mill NOK, Research council of Norway, 2014-2019


PhD Social Economics

Title of dissertation: Economic evaluation of health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. Applied economic evaluations and studies on time preferences for health in Tanzania. Dissertation for the PhD degree. University of Bergen 2005.

MSc Developing Economics

Title of thesis: Time Toil and Soil - Time preferences and soil conservation practices in northern Tanzania. Norwegian University of Life Sciences 1997.