Berit Schei

Professor, dr med


Professor, Department of Public Health and General Practice, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Consultant, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, St Olav’s University Hospital

Areas of interest:

Main emphasis has been on research on Women’s Health in general, both epidemiological and clinical research. Implemented women’s health perspective in HUNT in 1995; osteoporosis and fractures being the main topic. Professor Schei was also one of the founders of NOREPOS and has conducted cross sectional as well as cohort studies on risk factors for osteoporosis and fractures in HUNT and as part of the NOREPOS group.



Basic profession

Medical doctor

Academic degrees

• Full professor, 1998
• Qualified as professor in women’s Health, Obstetrics and gynecology and family medicine, 1997
• Certified specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1986
• MD, 1978


Trapped in painful love. Physical and sexual abuse by spouse – a risk factor of gynaecological disorders and adverse perinatal outcomes (1990)

Professional experience (after dissertation)

• Adjunct professor (gynaecology), University of Copenhagen, 2001-2005
• Professor in Women’s Health, Faculty of Medicine, NTNU, 1998 –
• Visiting professor 1997/98: First holder of Atkinson Chair in Women’s Health Research, Center for Research in Women’s Health, University of Toronto, Canada.
• Director of Program on Women’s Health, Research Council of Norway (RCN), 1991-97
• Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, NTNU, 1991
• Research assistant, Research Council of Norway, 1986-90


• Karl Evang prize, 2008 (Public Health)
• Prize for excellent achievement 2008, Norwegian Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
• Dixiprisen 2006
• Fist holder of prize for Women’s rights (Kvinnerettsprisen) 2004
• 100 years Anniversary Price 1996, Norwegian Women’s Public Health Association (Norske Kvinners Sanitetsforening)
• Award for best paper 1991, Norwegian Association of Health Services Research (Norsk forening for Helsetjenesteforskning)


• Acted on a broad range of review committees and as opponent for PhD candidates in universities in Norway and in other countries
• Former member of several review committees in e.g. Research Council of Norway, Council of Mental Health and Norwegian Women’s Public Health Organization
• Member of the Research Committee of the Norwegian Medical Association
• Member of the Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine (Den rettsmedisinske kommisjon; DRK)
• Member of The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskab; DKNVS), Trondheim


Research Council of Norway, Council of Mental Health, Norwegian Board of Health, Council of Mental Health, Norwegian Women’s Public Health, Samarbeidsutvalget, Midt-Norge and Nord-Norge, Nordic council, EU

PhD supervision

Completed 14 candidates, ongoing 6 candidates



Publications in PubMed

Selected publications 2006-2011

Garcia-Moreno C, Jansen HA, Ellsberg M, Heise L, Watts CH; WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic. Violence against Women Study Team. Prevalence of intimate partner violence: findings from the WHO multi-country study on women’s health and domestic violence. Lancet 2006;368:1260-9

Løvlien M, Schei B, Hole T. Women with myocardial infarction are less likely than men to experience chest symptoms. Scand Cardiovasc J 2006;40:342-7

Forsmo S, Aaen J, Schei B, Langhammer A. What is the influence of weight change on forearm bone mineral density in peri- and postmenopausal women? The health study of Nord-Trøndelag, Norway. Am J Epidemiol 2006;164:890-7

Schei B, Guthrie JR, Dennerstein L, Alford S. Intimate partner violence and health outcomes in mid-life women: a population-based cohort study. Arch Womens Ment Health 2006;9:317-24

Aegidius K, Zwart JA, Hagen K, Schei B, Stovner LJ. Oral contraceptives and increased headache prevalence: the Head-HUNT Study. Neurology 2006;66:349-53

Lonnee-Hoffmann RA, Schei B, Eriksson NH. Sexual experience of partners after hysterectomy, comparing subtotal with total abdominal hysterectomy. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2006;85:1389-94

Heimstad R, Dahloe R, Laache I, Skogvoll E, Schei B. Fear of childbirth and history of abuse: implications for pregnancy and delivery.Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2006;85:435-40

Augestad LB, Schei B, Forsmo S, Langhammer A, Flanders WD. Healthy postmenopausal women- physical activity and forearm bone mineraldensity: the Nord-Trøndelag health survey. J Women Aging 2006;18:21-40

Løvlien M, Schei B, Gjengedal E. Are there gender differences related to symptoms of acute myocardial infarction? A Norwegian perspective. Prog Cardiovasc Nur 2006;21:14-9

Rostad B, Schei B, Sundby J. Fertility in Norwegian women: results from a population-based health survey. Scand J Public Health 2006;34:5-10

Søgaard AJ, Gustad TK, Bjertness E, Tell GS, Schei B, Emaus N, Meyer HE;Norwegian Epidemiological Osteoporosis Studies (NOREPOS) Research Group.Urban-rural differences in distal forearm fractures: Cohort Norway. Osteoporos Int 2007;18:1063-72

Swahnberg K, Schei B, Hilden M, Halmesmaki E, Sidenius K, Steingrimsdottir T, Wijma B. Patients’ experiences of abuse in health care: a Nordic study on prevalence and associated factors in gynecological patients. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2007;86:349-56

Mørkved S, Salvesen KA, Schei B, Lydersen S, Bø K. Does group training during pregnancy prevent lumbopelvic pain? A randomized clinical trial. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2007;86:276-82

Aegidius KL, Zwart JA, Hagen K, Schei B, Stovner LJ. Hormone replacement therapy and headache prevalence in postmenopausal women. The Head-HUNT study. Eur J Neurol 2007;14:73-8

Pikarinen U, Saisto T, Schei B, Swahnberg K, Halmesmaki E. Experiences of physical and sexual abuse and their implications for current health. Obstet Gynecol 2007;109:1116-22

Løvlien M, Schei B, Hole T. Prehospital delay, contributing aspects and responses to symptoms among Norwegian women and men with first time acute myocardial infarction. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs 2007;6:308-13

Forsmo S, Hvam HM, Rea ML, Lilleeng SE, Schei B, Langhammer A.Height loss, forearm bone density and bone loss in menopausal women: a 15-year prospective study. The Nord-Trøndelag Health Study, Norway. Osteoporos Int 2007;18:1261-9

Eberhard-Gran M, Schei B, Eskild A. Somatic symptoms and diseases are more common in women exposed to violence. J Gen Intern Med 2007;22:1668-73

Ellsberg M, Jansen HA, Heise L, Watts CH, Garcia-Moreno C; WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women Study Team. Intimate partner violence and women’s physical and mental health in the WHO multi-country study on women’s health and domestic violence: an observational study. Lancet 2008;371:1165-72

Nerøien AI, Schei B. Partnerviolence and health: Results from the first national study on violence against women. Scand J Publ Health 2008;36:161-9

Løvlien M, Johansson I, Hole T, Schei B. Early warning signs of an acute myocardial infarction and their influence on symptoms during the acute phase, with comparisons by gender. Gend Med 2009;6:444-53

Schei B. Er et kvinneliv mindre verdt enn en manns? [Is a woman’s life less valuable than a man’s?]. Editorial. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 2009;129:1845

Lukasse M, Schei B, Vangen S, Øian P. Childhood abuse and common complaints in pregnancy. Birth 2009;36:190-9

Svare A, Nilsen TI, Bjøro T, Forsmo S, Schei B, Langhammer A. Hyperthyroid levels of TSH correlate with low bone mineral density: the HUNT 2 study. Eur J Endocrinol 2009;161:779-86

Forsmo S, Langhammer A, Schei B. Past and current weight change and forearm bone loss in middle-aged women: the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study, Norway. Menopause 2009;16:1197-204

Omsland TK, Schei B, Grønskag AB, Langhammer A, Forsén L, Gjesdal CG, Meyer HE. Weight loss and distal forearm fractures in postmenopausal women : The Nord-Trøndelag health study, Norway. Osteoporos Int 2009;20:2009-16

Rostad B, Schei B, Lund Nilsen TI. Social inequalities in mortality in older women cannot be explained by biological and health behavioural factors — results from a Norwegian health survey (the HUNT Study). Scand J Public Health 2009;37:401-8

Grønskag AB, Forsmo S, Romundstad P, Langhammer A, Schei B. Incidence and seasonal variation in hip fracture incidence among elderly women in Norway. The HUNT Study. Bone 2010;46:1294-8

Stene LE, Ormstad K, Schei B. Implementation of medical examination and forensic analyses in the investigation of sexual assaults against adult women: A retrospective study of police files and medical journals. Forensic Sci Int 2010;199:79-84

Stene LE, Dyb G, Jacobsen GW, Schei B. Psychotropic drug use among women exposed to intimate partner violence: A population-based study. Scand J Public Health 2010;38(5 Suppl):88-95

Mavenyengwa RT, Afset JE, Schei B, Berg S, Caspersen T, Bergseng H, Moyo SR. Group B Streptococcus colonization during pregnancy and maternal-fetal transmission in Zimbabwe. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2010;89:250-5

Schei B, Stigum H. A study of men who pay for sex, based on the Norwegian national sex surveys. Scand J Public Health 2010 Mar;38(2):135-40

Lukasse M, Vangen S, Oian P, Schei B. Childhood abuse and caesarean section among primiparous women in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. BJOG 2010;117:1153-7

Hagemann CT, Stene LE, Myhre AK, Ormstad K, Schei B. Impact of medico-legal findings on charge filing in cases of rape in adult women. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2011;90:1218-24

Lukasse M, Vangen S, Øian P, Schei B. Fear of childbirth, women’s preference for cesarean section and childhood abuse: a longitudinal study. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2011;90:33-40

Williams LJ, Bjerkeset O, Langhammer A, Berk M, Pasco JA, Henry MJ, Schei B, Forsmo S. The association between depressive and anxiety symptoms and bone mineral density in the general population: The HUNT Study. J Affect Disord 2011;131(1-3):164-71

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