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

Umeå University and KI researchers publish journal articles on mobile health

2017-08-29
In a special issue of the journal Global Health Action, researchers at Umeå University and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden explore how mobile health (mHealth) can increase the readiness of healthcare ...

Education campaigns needed to mitigate indoor air pollution in slum households

2017-08-29
A study of air pollution levels in Kenyan slum households show that levels are especially high in homes using wood and kerosene as cooking fuels. But despite the high levels of harmful fine particles ...

WHO supports Swedish-Somali collaboration

2017-08-17
Somali-Swedish Collaboration in Research for Health is an initiative where doctors and nurses from Somalia can develop knowledge and skills through research in Somalia. The programme, led from Umeå Un...

TEDxUmeå: Why it's important to continue aiming for a fact-based worldview

2017-07-11
Watch Klara Johansson, researcher at Epidemiology and Global Health, lecture about the importance of a worldview based och facts. From TEDxUmeå, 3 May 2017.

TEDxUmeå: Why we lost the first round against climate change and how to fix it

2017-07-11
Watch the video of Mattias Goldmann's lecture about the difficulties to communicate about climate change. From TEDxUmeå, 3 May 2017.

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Contact Information

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

Visiting Address
University Hospital, Akutvägen 4, Entrance X5

Tel:  +46 90 786 55 11

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Head of the unit

Anneli Ivarsson

Administrative coordinator 

Karin Johansson

Director of studies - MPH programs

Marie Lindkvist

Director of studies - Research training

Miguel San Sebastian

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