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Public health and health care science

Public health science has an interdisciplinary environment where researchers from all over the world do research to contribute to an equal and sustainable improvement in global health and welfare. Health science includes research in scientific disciplines such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, geriatrics, sports medicine, nursing, radiography, rehabilitation medicine, forensic medicine and sexual and reproductive health.

Latest news

Two Umeå researchers receive ERC Starting Grant

Awarded EU money for innovative research in chemistry and community medicine.

The 2022 Global Report of the Lancet Countdown

The health of people around the world is at the mercy of a persistent fossil fuel addiction.

Five questions to Lena Maria Nilsson about the Nunamed conference

At the turn of the month, Arctic health researchers are gathering in Nuuk, Greenland.


Research that strengthens quality of life of older people

Annika Toots have focused on the promotion of health and well-being in older people.

High-intensity interval training helps patients with COPD

Andre Nyberg wants to see if high-intensity exercise improve quality of life for people with lungdisease COPD.

It's OK to have heart palpitations and get short of breath

Reproductive and sexual health in women and men with congenital heart disease is a fairly unexplored area.

Strategies for self-management crucial for COPD patients

Several strategies for physical exercise have been studied at Umeå University.

Glaucoma – the silent thief of sight

“Despite decades of research, we still don’t know exactly what causes the disease.”

Health and Medical care’s handling social issues

Isabel Goicolea, Professor in public health

Research groups

Arktisk kost, hälsa och hållbarhet
Traditional Sami food may have an impact on health, like brewed coffee, wild berries, fish and reindeer meat.
Gastroenterology and hepatology
Our group works against liver diseases including liver cancer.
Lávvuo-Research and education for Sámi health
Lávvuo-Research and education for Sámi health strives to improve health and well-being of the Sámi people.
Norrland Observatory for Equity in Health and Health Care
Read more about Norrland Observatory for Equity in Health and Health Care
Patrik Wennberg
In our research group, we study lifestyle and its importance for health and disease. One important focus within our research is the health effects ...
Per Fransson lab
We study how cancer patients feel during and after treatment and their experiences of treatment and care.
Physical activity and exercise capacity in people with pulmonary disease
The research group consists of physiotherapists, engineers, medical doctors and computer scientists. We explore effects of different interventions,...
Senada Hajdarevic
Standardization of cancer care process can have positive effects, but individual needs are difficult.
The Strategic Research Area, Health Care Science (SFO-V) is a collaboration between Umeå University (UmU) and Karolinska Institutet (KI). The purpo...
Sophia Harlid´s research group
We study the connection between our environment, our genes and our health.
Theme Equity in Health
A meeting platform for doctoral students, senior researchers, and others interested in the topic.

The five latest research projects

Precision Public Health for Obesity
Duration 1 January 2023 until 1 January 2025
Type of project Research project
Health and living conditions of LGBTQ people over 65: an interview study
Duration 1 August 2022 until 31 July 2023
Type of project Research project
Developing social network interventions in Nepal and Indonesia: the SNI-Links network
Duration 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2023
Type of project Research project

Latest publications

Scientific Reports, Springer Nature 2022, Vol. 12, (1)
Plechatá, Adéla; Morton, Thomas; Perez-Cueto, Federico J. A.; et al.
International Journal of Health Policy and Management, Kerman University of Medical Sciences 2022, Vol. 11, (3) : 287-298
Baroudi, Mazen; Nkulu Kalengayi, Faustine; Goicolea, Isabel; et al.
Umeå University medical dissertations, 2206
Lestari, Septi Kurnia
Nutrition Bulletin, John Wiley & Sons 2022, Vol. 47, (3) : 346-355
Faber, Ilona; Bjørner, Thomas; Buch‐Andersen, Tine; et al.