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The Master’s program in Global Health has started!

Monday 17 August 2015 was the start of a new and unique Master’s Programme in Public Health, specialization in Global Health at the Faculty of Medicine, NTNU. Out of 500 applicants we welcomed 26 students, representing 9 nations from Canada, Ghana, Nepal, Uganda, India, Finland, China, Slovakia and Norway.

The Master Programme provides a theoretical base on health and health systems, focusing on methodology and training in different research methods. Our uniqueness is the emphasis in innovation and technological support and services in global health.
One of the strengths of the class is their broad variety in educational backgrounds, representing Bachelor degrees in areas like Health Science, Nursing, Midwife, Public Health, Technological fields and others.

Tine Camilla Norderhaug, Pushpanjali Shakya and Prince Oppong-Darko have just had their second lecture, and are confident that this Master’s study will teach them useful skills they are eager to use to improve public health. Continue reading

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We came to NTNU for a degree, but got so much more

Blogger: Giovanna Perinetti Casoni,
Master student in Molecular Medicine, 2013-2015


We, the Master students of the Faculty of Medicine, participated in our final graduation ceremony today. It was a very special moment to be once again in the auditorium where everything started two years ago.

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New Master’s Programme in Global Health

2-year Master of Science in Public Health, specializing in Global Health at NTNU. In this video some of the challenges regarding global health is presented.

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What I love about my job

Signe ÅsbergBlogger: Signe Åsberg
PhD student at CEMIR

This blog post was originally posted on Åsberg’s science blog Furby in the lab


Let me give you a list of all the aspects of my job as a PhD student that I love. It really is a great ride but also incredibly difficult and I find myself easily sucked into the dark thoughts of how this will never work out, I’m the worst scientist in history and my project is not worth doing. I think it is time to will myself out of the dark places and focus on what I enjoy:

– First of all I get to think. A lot. Almost all the time, every day. I think, ponder, question, wonder. It’s a privilege.

– I get to look closely at microscopic organisms. I love looking at things. There’s just nothing better than looking at something amazing with your own eyes. I get to see cells, bacteria and even proteins. Or I get to see the light that the fluorophores I attached to those proteins emit when I excite them.

– This brings me to attaching fluorophores to proteins. I’m excited about that. I get to glue molecules together!

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Global Health Day 2014: Health challenges in low income countries

Health challenges in low income countries is the theme of this years’ Global Health Day. The is seminar organised by The Faculty of Medicine at NTNU,  Sør-Trøndelag University College and St. Olavs University Hospital.

Konsultasjon Sør-Afrika

The seminar will take place on 21 October in Øya helsehus (Aud. 1), and focus on:

  • Health care systems in low income countries
  • Violence against women


Professor Staffan Bergström, Karolinska Institute. Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Staffan Bergström has experiences from several African countries on how to save mothers and newborns in places where there is a shortage of doctors. He points to the importance of health workers without medical training. It is they who are the backbone of health care system in low income countries.

“On the African continent only 5,000 doctors are educated annually. African countries are thus forced use health workers without medical training. They do a tremendous job, without having spent even a day at medical school. Simply training midwives in life saving skills can make a big difference” says Professor Bergström. He has had great influence internationally on the task-shifting debate. The last three years Bergström has worked in Tanzania with “Maternal Health Initiative

Dean Sylvia Kaaya, School of Medicine, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Silvia Kaaya is professor of psychiatry. Her research interest is children and mental health. Professor Kaaya’s publications trades extensively to detect and treat mental illness and depression in different groups e.g pregnant women, children, youths and how HIV positivity affects mental health. Recently NTNU and MUHAS signed a MoU in research and student exchange.

Professor Charlotte Watts, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.
In the mid-90s Charlotte Watts did her fieldwork in Zimbabwe. The findings from her study illustrates not only the extent to which violence against women is widespread throughout the world, but also that there is considerable variation in the levels of violence – both within the country as well as between countries. Although the causes of violence are complex, this suggests local variation and that there may be local conditions that affect the extent to which women are subjected to violence. A better understanding of the causes of this variation can be used to identify how to prevent future violence.

Programme and registration

Programme for Global Health Day 2014 (pdf)

The seminar, lunch and pizza are free. Please register for the seminar before 10 October 2014.

Target audience

The target group are persons engaged in research, teaching or clinical activities targeted towards developing countries as well as students in health sciences or medicine.

About the seminar

Global health research embodies research on health problems related to challenges that particularly affect people in low- and middle income countries. The Faculty of Medicine, NTNU, has increased its investment in global health, in close cooperation with St. Olavs University Hospital, Sør-Trøndelag University College (HiST), as well as partner institutions in low- and middle income countries. The seminar aims to increase cooperation, networking and further research activity while providing professional input and inspiration. The Research Council of Norway has given financial support to this seminar.

If you have any questions about the seminar, please contact Elin Yli Dvergsdal

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Future health leaders

Stig Arild SlørdahlBlogger: Stig A. Slørdahl
Dean at The Faculty og Medicine, NTNU


Last week, the four medical faculties organised a leadership summer school. This was a pilot project to explore whether it can work as a supplement to the teaching we provide for all our students. It was also an experiment to determine the content of a possible summer school.

The summer school took place at the Inter University Centre (IUC) in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The IUC is an international study centre, and an independent institution with 167 member universities in 46 countries. All the Norwegian universities with medical faculties are members.

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Use your smart phone to find your way around at campus Øya

Foto: Hanne Strypet

MazeMap guide you around at the university hospital.

How do you find your way to the right clinic at a big hospital with lots of buildings, floors and wings? At St. Olavs Hospital and NTNU’s campus Øya in Trondheim, MazeMap is a useful aid to guide your way around the campus.

MazeMap has indoor maps for the University Hospital’s campus at Øya. You can find it in two versions: an app for smart phones and a webpage. Now the map is improved with live updates of the map while you walk and other solutions that makes it easier to use.

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Master students arrive at the Faculty of Medicine

Blogger: Ragna Tingstad HusbyRagna Tingstad Husby

On Monday the 19th of August, the Faculty of Medicine welcomed the new master students, including also exchange students taking master’s courses.

Masteroppstart Bilyd synger

Bilyd, the choir of female medical students, started the show with songs and were followed by the master of ceremonies, Vice-dean of Education Hilde Grimstad.

Stig Slørdahl

Dean Stig Slørdahl welcomed the students and presented the university, the faculty and some its various research groups.

Tore Romundstad, head of the Section of Student and Academic Affairs, introduced the students to the student advisers they are likely to meet at their time at the Faculty of Medicine

Student program representative for master students, Heidi Kleven and faculty trust representative Jarle Møller encouraged the new students to get involved with the various activities and groups at the university and to help shape the Faculty by joining in the student democracy.

The student organisation for master students at the Faculty of Medicine, SOMA, invited the students to join in for the Buddy Week to get to know their classmates and the other master programmes.

Bilyd then finished the show with “Come on Eileen” before the students were served lunch.

To all our new master’s and exchange students:


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