Exploring Public Health Collaboration in the North Atlantic

The Samstarf Initiative enhanced public health and healthcare capacity in the areas of workforce training, international health, health services research, and academic course development. Public health graduate students from Maine engaged in public health research and fieldwork with Icelandic preceptors and Icelandic public health students completing health services research work in Maine. Dr. Tupper successfully piloted e-Learning opportunities for Icelandic public health students; Maine graduate students gained cultural competencies from their shared learning experiences. Multiple activities supported the growing business, cultural, and academic relationships between Icelandic universities, government agencies, and industry and the State of Maine. The Samstarf initiative increased international cooperation and development with academic, business, and governmental organizations. The Samarbeid Initiative expands the success of the Icelandic partnerships with new relationships with the University of Trumso, Norway and Robert Gordon University, Scotland.


The project aims to be at the intersection of community, students, and research in public health. Areas for growth include expanding the program into Norway, building the potential for collaboration with entrepreneurs in Iceland as research partners, developing expertise in Environmental Health at USM, and broadening workforce development through distance training.



  • University of Iceland

  • Reykjavik University

  • University of Akureyri

  • University of Tromso

  • Robert Gordon University

  • Various business and governmental partners in Iceland, Norway, and Scotland


Judy Tupper

Judy Tupper

Catherine Cutler Institute