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Global Health Research Group at Sahlgrenska Academy
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Global Public Health Research Group

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Institute of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine

Short description

Global public health is an interdisciplinary subject that transcend national boundaries as area for education, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide. Global public health therefore calls for trans-national actions across all sectors in society.

The research in the Global Public Health group is driven by a multidisciplinary team with 33 members (and growing), led by four professors, four associate professors, senior lectures, post-docs, researchers, as well as 14 PhD students. The studies are inter-disciplinary, taking advantage of the strengths of both quantitative and qualitative studies.

Our research

Global public health is an interdisciplinary subject that transcend national boundaries as area for education, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide. Global public health therefore calls for trans-national actions across all sectors in society. A key pillar of global public health is to study the importance of how the distribution of resources, as well as the physical and social environment, affect the health of worldwide populations.  

The research conducted in the Global Public Health group aims to reduce health inequalities and improve the population health at worldwide. To achieve this, we conduct research on the biological and social determinants of health to understand the mechanisms of illnesses. This knowledge will allow us to identify health promotion strategies that could promote health and prevent diseases. In addition, we also look at the broader determinants of health such as the health system, public health policies, human rights and the right to health. 

Research conducted in the Global Public Health research group is diverse, including: infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), mental illness, ageing and well-being among older people, sexual and reproductive health, intimate partner violence, nutrition, human rights and the right to health, migration and health, as well as research on health systems and public health policy. The research group has an interest to develop more research within the field of climate change and health in the near future. 

Most research coming from the Global Public Health team is based on population-based epidemiological studies, analysis of register data, surveillance and modelling based on the epidemiological data, clinical and molecular epidemiology studies, health promotion studies, health system research, and development studies.

The research in the Global Public Health group is driven by a multidisciplinary team with 33 members (and growing), led by four professors, four associate professors, senior lectures, post-docs, researchers, and 14 PhD students. The studies are inter-disciplinary, taking advantage of the strengths of both quantitative and qualitative studies. 

The research within the Global Public Health Research Group fall within a few streams, including: 

  • Intimate partner violence in Rwanda 
    Gunilla Krantz, Solveig Lövestad, Ngambouk Vitalis Pemunta
  • Sexual and reproductive health in Sweden and Angola
    Gunilla Priebe, Ngambouk Vitalis Pemunta
  • Ageing and wellbeing in low- and middle-income countries
    Ailiana Santosa, Jesper Löve, Junmei Miao Jonasson, Monica Hunsberger, Nawi Ng, Sven Hassler, Göran Bondjers
  • Health equality and social determinants of health
    Gunilla Krantz, Jesper Löve, Solveig Lövestad, Ailiana Santosa, Junmei Miao Jonasson, Nawi Ng, Gunilla Priebe, Sven Hassler
  • Chronic non-communicable diseases 
    Göran Bondjers, Nawi Ng, Jesper Löve, Junmei Miao Jonasson, Ailiana Santosa, Monica Hunsberger
  • Infectious diseases, epidemiological surveillance and modelling
    Marian Warsame Yusuf, Kristina Elfving, Laith Hussain-Alkhateeb, Delér Shakely
  • Human rights and the right to health and developmental studies
    Henry Ascher, Damon Barrett, Gunilla Priebe, Malin Nystrand, Sven Hassler
  • Health promotion and community-based participatory research
    Monica Hunsberger, Sven Hassler