Ivar Sønbø Kristiansen, MD, MPH

  • Adjunct Affiliate at the Center for Health Policy and the Department of Health Policy

117 Encina Commons
Room 186
Stanford, CA


Ivar S. Kristiansen is a professor of public health at the Department of Health Management and Health Economics, University of Oslo, Norway and adjunct professor of pharmacoeconomics at the University of Southern Denmark at Odense. He is visiting scholar at Stanford Health Policy 2011-12.

Kristiansen’s research focuses on technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, and valuation of health outcomes. Also, he has worked for many years on the topic of risk communication in the context of chronic diseases when time is a crucial factor. He is one of the founders of Odense Risk Group.

Kristiansen received an MD from the University of Oslo in 1972, completed his internship at the University Hospital of Trondheim and then worked for 10 years as a combined family physician/public health officer in two remote communities in Norway. He received an MPH degree from Harvard University i 1986 and a PhD from University of Tromsø, Norway in 1996. Kristiansen is a past-President of the Norwegian Public Health Association and has served on numerous public committees in Norway.