Espen Andreas Brembo

Associate professor
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Nursing and Health Sciences
Campus Drammen (15005 A)
Espen Brembo is employed as an associate professor at the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences with affiliations to the Center for Health and Technology. He leads the master's degree programme Digitization and Innovation in Health and Welfare Services. In his doctoral work, Brembo conducted research about hip osteoarthritis with a focus on patients' needs, coping strategies and shared decision-making across the disease trajectory. He is currently engaged in research projects within innovation and digitization of the health service, task-shifting, as well as education and clinical communication. Previously, Brembo worked as a nurse in the home care service in Oslo municipality for several years before he was employed at USN as a research fellow in 2013 and completed his PhD in Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Oslo in 2020.


  • Leads the master's degree programme Digitization and Innovation in Health and Welfare Services
  • Reseracher affiliated with the Science Centre Health and Technology
  • Lecturer and supervisor for students at the bachelor and master levels


Visit my personal site here to read about my background and research. 


  • Person centered care & research
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methodologies 
  • Self-management of chronic diseases
  • Simulation-based education
  • Communication in health care
    • Theory and skills training
    • Shared decision-making
    • Patient decision aids
    • Health literacy
  • Implementation and use of health technologies
  • Home care nursing 
  • Postoperative nursing


Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

University of South-Eastern Norway

  • Part 1: Learning, teaching and assessment in higher education

  • Part 2: Education in a digital age

PhD in Medicine and Health Sciences (2013 - 2020)

Department of Behavioural Medicine, University of Oslo (UiO), Norway
Thesis: The hip Journey. An exploration of needs, treatment decision-making and psychosocial predictors of surgical outcomes in patients with hip osteoarthritis.

Master in Clinical Nursing Science (2009 - 2011)
Oslo University College (OUC), Norway
Thesis: Acceptance and Commitment therapy for chronic pain in a web-based suit: a qualitative process analysis of situation specific feedback

Health and Illness – a Psychosomatic Perspective. An interprofessional course (2010)
Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Clinical Guidance Methodology for Health Science Students (2009)
Oslo University College, Norway

Bachelor in Nursing (2003 - 2006)
Oslo University College, Norway
Thesis: What responsibility do nurses have in educating nursing assistants in clinical home care practice?

Publications in Cristin