Epidemiology and Global Health

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Welcome to the Epidemiology and Global Health Unit!

The Epidemiology and Global Health Unit is an international, multidisciplinary research and teaching environment located within Umeå University’s Faculty of Medicine. Founded in 1986, we now have around 80 people from all over the world working in the Unit, with a shared mission to contribute to equitable and sustainable improvements in health and welfare across the globe.

Our research training focuses on health problems and possible solutions in settings throughout the world. Much of this internationally recognised work is conducted in collaboration with other world class research institutions; we also have over 40 PhD students from 20 countries who are undergoing research training in both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Our Masters degree programmes in public health and health economics recruit widely: from Sweden, from elsewhere in Europe, and from countries in all other continents of the world. Courses are taught in English, and they cover a range of topics, including epidemiology, social pathways in health and health promotion, health systems, and evaluation in public health.

Our engagement with society aims to contribute to the development and implementation of evidence-informed health policy and practice. For this, we work closely with a diverse range of stakeholders on a variety of short- and long-term research and educational activities, including the county authorities here in Västerbotten, Sweden; EU and UN agencies; provincial and national authorities all over the world; and also together with ordinary citizens and communities.

News from Epidemiology and Global Health

Call for joint postdoctoral Fellowship

Call for joint postdoctoral Fellowship at the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine and the Faculty of Medicine. Applications are invited for grants for a joint postdoctoral Fellowship for two year...

Privatised education did not lead to more doctors in Tanzania

Many are trained, few employed, fewer still remain in the medical profession in rural areas. This is the result of a major healthcare reform in Tanzania, where private sector assistance was provided t...

WHO Director-General named Honorary Doctor in Umeå

Two African scientists become new honorary doctors at the Faculty of Medicine at Umeå University, Sweden. They are Julia Goedecke at the University of Cape Town and the World Health Organization (WHO)...

Master’s student in Public Health is Global Swede 2018

Nora Nindi Arista, from Palembang Indonesia and a final term student of Master’s in Public Health is nominated as Umeå University’s Global Swede 2018. This recognition is a joint initiative between ...

Indian rural women late in seeking breast cancer care

Women in rural India are waiting long before seeking medical care for breast cancer. Most of the Indian women do not know the possibility of inspecting their own body and many of them have not even he...

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Contact Information

Epidemiology and Global Health Unit
Umeå University
SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden 

Visiting Address
Försörjningsvägen 7D (building 5B, målpunkt PA), University Hospital

Tel:  +46 90 786 55 11

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Head of the unit

Anna-Karin Hurtig

Administrative coordinator 

Karin Johansson

Director of studies - MPH programs

Marie Lindkvist

Director of studies - Research training

Miguel San Sebastian