Global health

Is the state of health in the world something that concerns us all? Yes, to a great extent. Epidemics, risk factors and disease patterns are increasingly becoming globalised. Therefore, a lot can be learnt by comparing and contrasting states of health in countries experiencing different conditions.

Global health at Umeå University is a world-leading research network in its field. The environment is multidisciplinary with extensive international collaboration. Epidemiology, the population perspective on health and the existence and causes of disease, is the core speciality of the environment. The overarching objective is to contribute knowledge that can promote health and prevent disease. The research also contributes to the development of national and regional health policies that can reduce inequalities in health status between and within countries.

Researchers and students collaborate in five key areas:

There is a clear transfer of the disease patterns of industrialized countries to low and middle-income countries. There are many infectious diseases on the decline, while diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity are increasing. This process is called epidemiological transition.

Health can be seen in a life-long perspective, moulded by health initiatives during different phases of life, from conception to old age. Patterns of health are being evaluated within this perspective.

Stakeholders and decision-makers are key to effective health care: thus researchers need to pay close attention to the necessity of strengthening primary care in low and middle-income countries, seeing primary care as a right, and improving its effectiveness.

Gender, social inequality and health are inter-related issues. Thus developing new knowledge on gender and health in ways that can contribute to social change and improved health systems, is vital.

Climate change and its effects on health is a relatively new area, as global concerns about climate change grow. Our focus is on infectious and non-infectious diseases, the effects of heat on population health and combining new challenges both in low-income countries and in the Arctic region.

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