Jon Øyvind Odland


MD 1980, Laudabilis.

Specialist Obstetrics and Gynecology 1990. PhD University of Tromso 2000.

Professor of International Health, Faculty of Health Sciences and Department of Community Medicine, UiT, the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø (2007 –)

Visiting professor, Department of Public Health, University of Pretoria, South Africa (2013–)

Visiting professor, GYN/OB Department, College of Medicine, University of Malawi (2013-)

Key National Expert, Sustainable Development Working Group, Arctic Council (2010–)

President of the Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research (2009– 2011)

Chair of AMAP Human Health Assessment Group (2009 –).

2005-2010: Board member, Board for International stipends, The Norwegian Research Council;

2005-2009: Board member MILGENHEL, The Norwegian Research Council

2009-2012: Chair of the Board MILGENHEL (from 2011 MILPAAHEL), The Norwegian Research Council

2012 – 2015: President, International Union of Circumpolar Health.

2000 -: Teacher and supervisor in Health Education, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Public Health at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level in Norway, Russia, Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Island, Iceland, Canada, Malawi, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Australia, Argentina, and Vietnam.

Totally 15 PhD students supervised to their final dissertation, in Norway, Russia, Malawi, and South Africa.

PI of the MISA cohort of Northern Norway. Five PhD candidates finished, with focus on pregnancy outcome, persistent toxic substances, and endocrine disruption. Five ongoing PhD candidates at different stages, focused on birth registry studies, obstetrics, and public health. Supervision of 2-3 Master thesis annually since 2000. Module leader of Global Health at the International semester at the Medical school, 4th year, The Health Faculty, UiT.


Selected publications last two years (totally 116 cited in Pubmed. The last 5 years 60 papers published based on international review process):

Kharkova OA, Krettek A, Grjibovski AM, Nieboer E, Odland JØ. Prevalence of smoking before and during pregnancy and changes in this habit during pregnancy in Northwest Russia: a Murmansk county birth registry study. Reprod Health. 2016 Mar 8;13(1):18: 10.1186/s12978-016-0144-x.

Postoev VA, Grjibovski AM, Kovalenko AA, Anda EE, Nieboer E, Odland JØ.Congenital anomalies of the kidney and the urinary tract: A murmansk county birth registry study.

Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2016 Mar;106(3):185-93. doi: 10.1002/bdra.23475. Epub 2016 Feb 2.

Postoev VA, Grjibovski AM, Nieboer E, Odland JØ. Changes in detection of birth defects and perinatal mortality after introduction of prenatal ultrasound screening in the Kola Peninsula (North-West Russia): combination of two birth registries. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015 Nov 23;15:308. doi: 10.1186/s12884-015-0747-1.

Röllin HB, Kootbodien T, Channa K, Odland JØ.Prenatal Exposure to Cadmium, Placental Permeability and Birth Outcomes in Coastal Populations of South Africa. PLoS One. 2015 Nov 6;10(11):e0142455. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0142455. eCollection 2015.

Nøst TH, Breivik K, Wania F, Rylander C, Odland JØ, Sandanger TM. Estimating Time-Varying PCB Exposures Using Person-Specific Predictions to Supplement Measured Values: A Comparison of Observed and Predicted Values in Two Cohorts of Norwegian Women. Environ Health Perspect. 2016 Mar;124(3):299-305. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1409191. Epub 2015 Jul 17.

Küpper M, Weinbruch S, Skaug V, Skogstad A, Thornér EE, Benker N, Ebert M, Chashchin V, Odland JØ, Thomassen Y. Electron microscopy of particles deposited in the lungs of nickel refinery workers. Anal Bioanal Chem. 2015 Aug;407(21):6435-45. doi: 10.1007/s00216-015-8806-z. Epub 2015 Jun 16.

Hinwood AL, Stasinska A, Callan AC, Heyworth J, Ramalingam M, Boyce M, McCafferty P, Odland JØ. Maternal exposure to alkali, alkali earth, transition and other metals: Concentrations and predictors of exposure. Environ Pollut. 2015 Sep;204:256-63. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2015.04.024. Epub 2015 May 15.

Kaneva AM, Potolitsyna NN, Bojko ER, Odland JØ. The apolipoprotein B/apolipoprotein A-I ratio as a potential marker of plasma atherogenicity. Dis Markers. 2015;2015:591454. doi: 10.1155/2015/591454. Epub 2015 Mar 23.

Berg V, Nøst TH, Hansen S, Elverland A, Veyhe AS, Jorde R, Odland JØ, Sandanger TM. Assessing the relationship between perfluoroalkyl substances, thyroid hormones and binding proteins in pregnant women; a longitudinal mixed effects approach. Environ Int. 2015 Apr;77:63-9. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2015.01.007. Epub 2015 Jan 31.

Postoev VA, Nieboer E, Grjibovski AM, Odland JØ.Prevalence of birth defects in an Arctic Russian setting from 1973 to 2011: a register-based study. Reprod Health. 2015 Jan 10;12(1):3.

Veyhe AS, Hofoss D, Hansen S, Thomassen Y, Sandanger TM, Odland JØ, Nieboer E.

The Northern Norway Mother-and-Child Contaminant Cohort (MISA) Study: PCA analyses of environmental contaminants in maternal sera and dietary intake in early pregnancy.

Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2014 Dec 9. pii: S1438-4639(14)00118-7.

Hansen, J.C., A.P. Gilman and J.O. Odland, 2014. The Seven Pillars of Obesity: Development of a holistic understanding of a complex problem. AMAP Technical Report No. 8 (2014), Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Oslo, Norway. 52 pp

Hinwood AL, Callan AC, Heyworth J, Rogic D, de Araujo J, Crough R, Mamahit G, Piro N, Yates A, Stevenson G, Odland JØ.Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and dioxin concentrations in residential dust of pregnant women. Environ Sci Process Impacts. 2014 Dec;16(12):2758-63.

Petrenya N, Brustad M, Dobrodeeva L, Bichkaeva F, Lutfalieva G, Cooper M, Odland JØ.

Obesity and obesity-associated cardiometabolic risk factors in indigenous Nenets women from the rural Nenets Autonomous Area and Russian women from Arkhangelsk city. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2014 Jul 24;73:23859.

Odland ML, Rasmussen H, Jacobsen GW, Kafulafula UK, Chamanga P, Odland JØ.Decrease in use of manual vacuum aspiration in postabortion care in Malawi: a cross-sectional study from three public hospitals, 2008-2012. PLoS One. 2014 Jun 25;9(6):e100728.

Röllin HB, Kootbodien T, Theodorou P, Odland JØ. Prenatal exposure to manganese in South African coastal communities. Environ Sci Process Impacts. 2014 Aug;16(8):1903-12.

Callan AC, Hinwood AL, Ramalingam M, Boyce M, Heyworth J, McCafferty P, Odland JØ.

Maternal exposure to metals–concentrations and predictors of exposure.

Environ Res. 2013 Oct;126:111-7.

Kaneva AM, Bojko ER, Potolitsyna NN, Odland JO. Plasma levels of apolipoprotein-E in residents of the European North of Russia. Lipids Health Dis. 2013 Mar 27;12:43.

Rylander C, Odland JØ, Sandanger TM. Climate change and the potential effects on maternal and pregnancy outcomes: an assessment of the most vulnerable–the mother, fetus, and newborn child. Glob Health Action. 2013 Mar 11;6:19538.

Kumbani L, Bjune G, Chirwa E, Malata A, Odland JØ. Why some women fail to give birth at health facilities: a qualitative study of women’s perceptions of perinatal care from rural Southern Malawi. Reprod Health. 2013 Feb 8;10:9.


Ten book chapters in environmental and maternal health related issues since 2000.

Editor of four AMAP Human Health Assessment Reports 1998-2015 (

Co-author of the Report to the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety: Benefit and risk assessment of breast milk for infant health in Norway. Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM) 2013. ISBN: 978-82-8259-113-3.