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Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 25 January 2021)


Department staff


Angelica Johansson, study administrator

Programme Administrator of the Public Health Programmes. Secretary for the Programme council PRPH. Administration in Selma, student support & course administration.

Anna Bengtsson, doctoral student
Anna Stenling, doctoral student

Doctoral student evaluat­ing the Västerbotten Intervention Programme from a health economic perspective

Anna Westerlund, project assistant (absent), senior research assistant

Post doc. PhD. MSc in work- and organizational psychology. Current research is focused on knowledge governance and implementation processes in healthcare and social services. 

Anna-Karin Hurtig, professor

Head of the Dept. of Epidemiology and Global Health. Areas of interest: international health policy and systems research, community based health systems and primary health care, and migrant health.

Anne Gotfredsen, doctoral student

Doctoral student at the Department for Epidemiology and Global Health. The overall aim my research is to explore how teenagers involved in various civic organizations and leisure activities 

Anneli Ivarsson, professor, senior consultant (attending) physician

Professor in Epidemiology and Public Health Sciences. MD with specialist training in Paediatrics and a PhD in Paediatrics.

Anni-Maria Pulkki-Brännström, associate professor

I research and teach in global health and health economics.

Arian Rostami, doctoral student

Doctoral student at the Department of Epi­demiology and Global Health.

Barbara Schumann, research fellow

Research focus on weather and climate change impacts on human health in Sweden and in low- and middle-income countries.

Curt Löfgren, associate professor

Senior lecturer in Economics. PhD in Public Health, particularly issues on health financing in low and middle income countries, e.g. how to pro­tect households from cata­strophic health expenditure.

Elisabet Höög, research fellow

- Research focus on support structures for development and change, mainly in public organizations - Grounded in work- and organizational psychology - Also employed by KI (LIME/MMC)

Eva Selin, study administrator

Study Administrator and Program Councelor of the Public Health Programme. Working with student support and course administration.

Fredinah Namatovu, research fellow

I am a researcher at CEDAR and my research interests include; studying gender-based violence, disability, choodhood health, celiac disease, using a mixed method approach.

Fredrik Norström, associate professor

Docent in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Associate Professor in Health Economics. Teacher in biostatistics and health economics. Leading projects focusing on work and health economics.

Frida Jonsson, postdoctoral fellow

I research and evaluate complex interventions with a focus on health systems strengthening in rural areas and (re)engagement initiatives for youth who are neither in employment, education or training.

Göran Lönnberg, statistician

Statistician, Data Scientist and IT responsible at the Department

Hanna Blåhed, project assistant
Hanna Bäckström, postdoctoral fellow
Helene Johansson, research fellow

Teaching in health promotion, health promoting health services and qualitative methodology. Research areas are health promotion, prevention, implementation and collaboration/integration.

Håkan Jonsson, associate professor

Statistician, associate professor and docent in cancer epidemiology.

Ida Linander, postdoctoral fellow

Ida is a postdoctoral researcher and works at both Epidemiology and Global Health and at the Umeå Center for Gender Studies.

Inna Feldman, senior consultant
Isabel Goicolea, professor

My research focuses on gender and health systems (especially sexual and reproductive health, violence against women and youth health) and innovative mixed methodologies research.

Jing Helmersson, postdoctoral position

Mathematical modeling of climate change, dengue & mosquitoes. System dynamic modelling of happiness & life satisfaction. PhDs in physics 1989 (USA) and in public health 2018 (Sweden).

Julia Schröders, doctoral student

Doctoral project: Diversity, Dynamics and Deficits: The Role of Social Networks for the Health of Aging Populations in Indonesia

Main supervisor: Miguel San Sebastian

Karin Johansson, administrative coordinator

I am the administrative coordinator at the department.

My duties consist of staff issues and overall administration at the department. I also participate in the management team's work.

Karl-Erik Renhorn, research coordinator

I support and develop the process of applying for external research funding, and review draft applications. I also teach writing research funding applications.

Kaspar Meili, doctoral student

PhD student in health economics, working on CALYs - Capability-Adjusted Life Years. CALYs are based on Sen's capability approach and are used in the same ways as QALYs.

Kerstin Edin, associate professor
Klara Johansson, research fellow

PhD, researcher in epidemiology and public health.

Klas-Göran Sahlen, associate professor

Deputy head of the Department and chair of the Program Council for the Master Programs in Public Health (PRPH). Research mainly in health economics and health related preventive actions.

Kristina Lindvall, research fellow

Researcher. PhD in Public Health at Umeå University in 2013. Lecture in Qualitative Methodology and Nutrition. Research on Weight maintenance, Risk communication and Interventions.

Lars Lindholm, professor

Professor in Health eco­nomics. Studies on equity in health economic evaluation and the use of epidemiological data in the distribu­tion of health care resources.

Lars Weinehall, professor

Senior Professor in Epidemi­ology and Family Medicine.

Lena Maria Nilsson, other position

My main research interest is temporal changes in Arctic/ Sami lifestyle factors from a food security perspective, and as triggers of low-grade inflammation and common uncommunicable diseases.

Linda Richter Sundberg, research fellow

My research concerns policy- and implementation processes in health systems. I have particular interest for questions in the cross-section between psychology, governance and public health.

Maria Nilsson, professor

My research is in the field of climate change and health. My main interest is climate adaptation, climate communication and policy development.


Marie Lindkvist, associate professor

Associate professor in epidemiology and biostatistics. Lecturer in biostatistics and appointed as “Excellent teacher” in Umeå University’s pedagogical qualification model.

Masoud Vaezghasemi, senior research assistant

PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health. My research concerns social and contextual determinants of health and health inequalities, and I teach in Epidemiology and Global Health.

Mazen Baroudi, doctoral student

PhD student at the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health

Main areas of interest: teaching, supervision and research on socioeconomic inequalities of health and health systems strengthening

Mikael Emsing, doctoral student

PhD-student with focus on conflict management, mental health and personality. 

Monica Nyström, associate professor

Research about implementation, development and learning processes in organisations

Nadja Trygg, doctoral student
Nawi Ng, visiting professor

Visiting Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health with a research interest in ageing and disability, chronic non-communicable diseases, behavioural change and implementation research. 

Osvaldo Fonseca, senior research assistant

I do research on weather and climate change impacts on human health


Paola Mosquera Mendez, research fellow

Researcher and lecturer in epidemiology and social epidemiology.

Per Gustafsson, associate professor

I am a teaching and learning researcher with a special interest in all forms of social inequalities in health and health care.

Petter Stoor, research fellow, senior research assistant

Researcher focusing on Indigenous peoples' health and mens' health, espescially mental health and suicide in Sápmi and the Arctic.


Raman Preet, research coordinator

Dental and global health researcher with expertise in coordination and management of health research projects especially European Union funded grants.

Sara Forsberg, financial coordinator

Financial coordinator, works with budgeting, economic planning and accounting

Sarah Osman, other position, project assistant
Solveig Petersen, research fellow

Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Public Health.

Sun Sun, research fellow

Health Outcomes Researcher & Health Economist & Real-World Evidence

Susanne Ragnarsson, senior research assistant
Susanne Walther, financial administrator

Financial administrator, responsible for supplier and customer invoices, payments, project reporting and follow-up.

Ulrika Harju, administrator

PhD research education administrator.

Ulrika Järvholm, administrator

I work with web and communication, research courses, Phd administration,  project administration, and publication database DiVA.

Wolfgang Lohr, system developer

Medical data manager