Eliva Atieno Ambugo

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Health, Social and Welfare Studies
Campus Vestfold (C2-66)
Eliva Atieno Ambugo is an associate professor in health promotion. With an academic background in public health and sociology, she has an interest in understanding person-level and contextual determinants of health and well-being. She has applied qualitative methods to study the organization and delivery of care for community-dwelling older adults. Her quantitative research includes the analysis of registrar and population survey data to examine physical and mental health outcomes.


Courses (main): teaching, assessment, course management

  • Salutogenesis and health-promoting processes (MSH-VAS4320-1-VF-H) 
  • Project description and research methods (MSH-PFM4300-1-DRM-H) 

Courses (others): teaching/supervision/evaluation

  • Master thesis (MH-OPP4401-1-HVH)
  • Theories and values in health promotion (MSH-TOV4200-1-DRM-H)
  • Miljøterapeutisk og sosialpedagogisk arbeid (BVEMNE3-1-H)

Research group


  • Public health, social determinants of health
  • The Stress Process theoretical framework     
  • Quantitative data analysis

Teaching and research interests, experience: Social and contextual determinants of health/health inequalities, gender disparities in mental health and well-being, home-based healthcare services. Population subgroups: immigrants, older people, family caregivers.

Research methods, experience: Data management and analysis in Stata; regression analyses (linear, logistic, multilevel); registrar and population survey data (cross-sectional, longitudinal/panel), qualitative data management in NVivo, scoping (systematic) reviews.




  • 2012: PhD, Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2008: MA., Public Health, California State University, Long Beach, USA
  • 2003: BA., Sociology and Anthropology, Principia College, Illinois, USA


  • 2020-present: Associate professor in health promotion, Dept. of Health, Social and Welfare Studies, University of South-Eastern Norway (Vestfold)   
  • 2014-2020: Researcher/postdoc, Dept. of Health Management and Health Economics, University of Oslo
  • 2018-2020: Researcher, Center for Care Research (east), NTNU Gjøvik, Norway
  • 2012-2014: Postdoc, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA


Selected works:

1. Peer-reviewed publications

Ambugo, E. A., De Bruin, S. R., Masana, L., MacInnes, J., Mateu, N.C., Hagen, T.P., & Arrue, B. (2021). “A Cross-European Study of Informal Carers’ Needs in the Context of Caring for Older People, and their Experiences with Professionals Working in Integrated Care Settings”. International Journal of Integrated Care; 21(3): 2, 1–11. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.5547

Fosse, R. M., Ambugo, E. A., Moger, T. A., Hagen, T. P., & Tjerbo, T. (2021). “Does rehabilitation setting influence risk of institutionalization? A register-based study of hip fracture patients in Oslo, Norway”. BMC Health Services Research, 21(1), 1-14. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-021-06703-x

Lette, M., Ambugo, E. A., Hagen, T. P., Stoop, A., Nijpels, G., Baan, C. & De Bruin, S. (2020). “Addressing safety in integrated care programs for older adults living at home: A systematic scoping review”. BMC Geriatrics, 20:81. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-020-1482-7

Ambugo, E. A. & Hagen, T. P. (2019). Effects of introducing a fee for inpatient overstays on the rate of death and readmissions across municipalities in Norway”. Social Science & Medicine, 230: 309-317. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.04.006

Ambugo, E. A. & Hagen, T. P. (2015). “A multilevel analysis of mortality following acute myocardial infarction in Norway: Do municipal health services make a difference?” BMJ Open. Doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008764. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008764

Ambugo, E. A. (2014) “Cross-country variation in the sociodemographic factors associated with major depressive episode in Norway, the United Kingdom, Ghana, and Kenya.” Social Science & Medicine. DOI:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.05.022

Piane, G. M. & Ambugo C, E. (2014). “Maternal mortality interventions: A systematic review”. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine. DOI:10.4236/ojpm.2014.49079

2. Dissertation monograph

Ambugo C, E. (2012). “Neighborhood conditions and gender differences in depressive symptoms”. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Dissertation Publishing.