The UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health


Dr Kristine Onarheim

Kristine Husøy Onarheim is a medical doctor and a research fellow in health policy at the Institute for Global Health. She works on the SELMA project, which aims to study public policy responses to improve the sexual and reproductive health of migrants and refugees.

In her PhD, Onarheim explored priority setting and intra-household resource allocation for newborn health in Ethiopia (University of Bergen, Norway). Her wide-ranging research on priority setting in global health include work on women’s health, children’s health, universal health coverage, migrant health, access to medicines, and governance. She has been a visiting researcher at Harvard University. As a medical doctor, she has clinical experience from Norway, Ethiopia and India. Onarheim was a founding member of the Lancet Youth Commission on Essential Medicines Policies and an intern at the WHO.

She is also an associated researcher at Global Health Priorities, University of Bergen.

Wenham C, Katz R, Birungi C, Boden L,Eccleston-Turner M, Gostin L, Guinto R, Hellowell M, Onarheim KH, Hutton J, KapilashramiA, Mendenhall E, Phelan A, Tichenor M, Sridhar D.Global health security anduniversal health coverage: from a marriage of convenience to a strategic,effective partnership. BMJ Glob Health 2019; 4: e001145.

Onarheim KH, Melberg A, Meier BM, Miljeteig I. Towardsuniversal health coverage: Including undocumented migrants. BMJ Global Health2018;3:e001031.

Onarheim KH, Norheim OF, Miljeteig I. Newborn healthbenefits or financial risk protection? An ethical analysis of a real-lifedilemma in a setting without universal health coverage. Journal of MedicalEthics. Published Online First: 30 March 2018.

Onarheim KH, Sisay MM, Gizaw M, Norheim OF, Moland KM,Miljeteig I. Selling my sheep to pay for medicines – Household priorities andcoping strategies in a setting without universal health coverage. BMC healthservices research. 2018;18:153.

Melberg A, Onarheim KH, Spjeldnæs AO, Miljeteig I.Towards universal health coverage for undocumented migrants?  Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2018; 138(1).

Onarheim KH, Gopinathan U. Global health financing:Priority to poor people or poor countries? Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen.2017;137(22).

Miljeteig I, Onarheim KH, Defaye FB, Desalegn D,Norheim OF, Hevroy O, Johansson KA. Ethics capacity building in low-incomecountries: Ethiopia as a case study. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2017;137(22).

Onarheim KH, Sisay MM, Gizaw M, Moland KM, MiljeteigI. What if the baby doesn't survive? Health-care decision making for illnewborns in Ethiopia. Social Science & Medicine. 2017;195(SupplementC):123-30.

Youth Commission on Essential Medicines Policies.Youth demand action on the shared global challenge of access to medicines. TheLancet 2017; 389(10067):345-7.

Eide KT, Fadnes LT, Engebretsen IMS, Onarheim KH,Wamani H, Tumwine JK, et al. Impact of a peer-counseling intervention onbreastfeeding practices in different socioeconomic strata: results from theequity analysis of the PROMISE-EBF trial in Uganda. Global Health Action 2016;9(1):30578.

Gotham, D, Onarheim KH, & Barber M.J. How the MDGsgave up on measuring access to medicines. The Lancet Global Health 2016, 4,e296-e297.

Onarheim KH, Iversen JH, Bloom DE. The economicbenefits of investing in women’s health: a systematic review. PLoS One 2016,11, e0150120.

Tranvåg E. and Onarheim KH. Ebola is not SierraLeone’s biggest problem. Tidsskriftfor den Norske Legeforening 2015; 135 (23): 2192 – 3

OnarheimKH, Taddesse M, Norheim OF, Abdullah M, Miljeteig I.  Towards universal health coveragefor reproductive health services in Ethiopia: two policy recommendations.International Journal for Equity in Health 2015; 14:86

Onarheim KH, Tessema S, Johansson KA, Eide KT, NorheimOF, Miljeteig I. Prioritizing Child Health Interventions in Ethiopia: ModelingImpact on Child Mortality, Life Expectancy and Inequality in Age at Death.  PLoS One 2012; 7: e41521

Gopinathan U, Iversen JH, Onarheim KH. More opendialogue on global health. Tidsskrift for den Norske Legeforening 2011; 131(23)2336

Sandberg KI, Andresen S, Steen SH, Møgedal S, OnarheimKH, van den Berg G. Health as a foreign policy. Tidsskrift for den Norske Legeforening2011; 131(18) 1784-1786

BærøeK, Ottersen T, Eide KT, Engjom H, Johansson KA, Miljeteig I, Onarheim KH,Norheim OF. Priorities in global health. Tidsskrift for den NorskeLegeforening 2011; 131(17) 1667-1669

Onarheim KH and Hemsing AL. Global health in medicaleducation is important! Tidsskrift for den Norske Legeforening 2009; 129(16):1666-1668.


Book chaptersand report contributions

LucaDL, Iversen JH, Lubet AS, Mitgang E, Onarheim KH, Prettner K, Bloom DE. Benefitsand Costs of the Women’s Health Targets for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.In "Prioritizing Development: A cost-benefit analysis of the UnitedNations' Sustainable Development Goals", edited by Lomborg B. CambridgeUniversity Press 2018.

The Lancet Youth Commission on Essential MedicinesPolicies Report (2016). Rasmussen AR, Onarheim KH, Adamjee R, Akyea RK, BarberMJ, Browne J, Cubahiro N, Jarvis JD, SWS Li, Mishra SR, Akhoondinasab M,Nurkhametova D, Omobo O, Ramachandran R, Sharma S, Walker A, Lander F.Available at

LucaDL, Iversen JH, Lubet AS, Mitgang E, Onarheim KH, Prettner K, Bloom DE. (2014).Benefits and Costs of the Women’s Health Targets for the Post-2015 DevelopmentAgenda, Copenhagen Concensus Center, Post-2015 Consensus: Health Perspective.Available at