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Masoud Vaezghasemi

I am a researcher in Global Health and my qualifications are BSc Food Science & Industry, MSc Public Health, MSc Food & Nutrition, and PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health.

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Research fellow at Department of Epidemiology and Global Health
5B, Målpunkt P, Försörjningsvägen 7 B, Norrlands universitetssjukhus Epidemiologi och global hälsa, Umeå Universitet, 90185 Umeå

I am a Global Health researcher with a primary focus on investigating social and contextual disparities (mainly) in children's health. Additionally, I am intensely involved in teaching both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies at the Master and PhD levels in the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, Sweden.

My research approach to child health takes a holistic and relational perspective in which not only every child should survive and have a good start, but also the opportunity to thrive in life, taking into account physical, social, and geographical determinants.

At present, I am spearheading two research initiatives:
1.    Exploring the evolution of obesity in Sweden from the Precision Public Health perspective.
2.    Strengthening mental health services for children in Cambodia.

Furthermore, I am actively engaged in collaborative efforts on various global research projects. These projects predominantly revolve around issues such as malnutrition, mental health, wellbeing, food insecurity, climate change and interventions related to social networks in Low- to Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), including Indonesia, India, Nepal, Cambodia, South Africa, Somalia, Ghana, Liberia, and Ivory Coast.

I’m facilitating the research profile seminars on ‘Emerging Global Health Challenges’ at the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.

BMC Public Health, BioMed Central (BMC) 2023, Vol. 23, (1)
Lwin, Min Wai; Timby, Erika; Ivarsson, Anneli; et al.
Global Health Action, Taylor & Francis 2023, Vol. 16, (1)
Vaezghasemi, Masoud; Pulkki-Brännström, Anni-Maria; Lindkvist, Marie; et al.
SSM - Population Health, Elsevier 2023, Vol. 21
Vaezghasemi, Masoud; Vogt, Thomas; Lindkvist, Marie; et al.
International Journal for Equity in Health, BioMed Central (BMC) 2023, Vol. 22, (1)
Yusuf, Fethi Mohammed; San Sebastián, Miguel; Vaezghasemi, Masoud
Frontiers in Pediatrics , Frontiers Media S.A. 2022, Vol. 10
Vaezghasemi, Masoud; Eurenius, Eva; Ivarsson, Anneli; et al.
Frontiers In Public Health, Frontiers Media S.A. 2021, Vol. 9
Eurenius, Eva; Mohamed, Amal Farah; Lindkvist, Marie; et al.
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, BioMed Central 2021, Vol. 19, (1)
Lindvall, Kristina; Vaezghasemi, Masoud; Feldman, Inna; et al.
Nature, Nature Publishing Group 2020, Vol. 577, (7789) : 231-234
Kinyoki, Damaris K.; Osgood-Zimmerman, Aaron E.; Pickering, Brandon V.; et al.
Nature Medicine, Nature Publishing Group 2020, Vol. 26, (5) : 750-759
LBD Double Burden of Malnutrition Collaborators,
BMC Pediatrics, Springer Nature 2020, Vol. 20, (1)
Vaezghasemi, Masoud; Eurenius, Eva; Ivarsson, Anneli; et al.
SSM - Population Health, Vol. 11
Vaezghasemi, Masoud; Mosquera, Paola; Gustafsson, Per E.; et al.
Global Health Action, Taylor & Francis 2020, Vol. 13, (1)
Vaezghasemi, Masoud; Öhman, Ann; Ng, Nawi; et al.
The Lancet, Elsevier 2019, Vol. 393, (10184) : 1958-1972
Afshin, Ashkan; Sur, Patrick John; Fay, Kairsten A.; et al.
Acta Paediatrica, John Wiley & Sons 2019, Vol. 108, (6) : 1087-1095
Eurenius, Eva; Richter Sundberg, Linda; Vaezghasemi, Masoud; et al.
European Journal of Public Health, Oxford University Press 2019, Vol. 29, (Suppl 4) : 367-368
Vaezghasemi, Masoud; Eurenius, Eva; Richter Sundberg, Linda; et al.
BMC Women's Health, BioMed Central 2018, Vol. 18
Benebo, Faith Owunari; Schumann, Barbara; Vaezghasemi, Masoud
New England Journal of Medicine, MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SOC 2017, Vol. 377, (1) : 13-27
Afshin, Ashkan; Forouzanfar, Mohammad H.; Reitsma, Marissa B.; et al.
European Journal of Public Health, OXFORD UNIV PRESS 2017, Vol. 27, (Suppl_3) : 173-174
Vaezghasemi, Masoud; Sundberg, Linda; Ivarsson, Anneli; et al.
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Vol. 70, (9) : 855-861
Santosa, Ailiana; Schröders, Julia; Vaezghasemi, Masoud; et al.
SSM - Population Health, Elsevier 2016, Vol. 2 : 876-888
Vaezghasemi, Masoud; Razak, Fahad; Ng, Nawi; et al.
PLOS ONE, Vol. 9, (8) : e103849-
Vaezghasemi, Masoud; Öhman, Ann; Eriksson, Malin; et al.
Evidence for Policy and Implementation, EPI-4
Ng, Nawi; Kusnato, Hari; Wall, Stig; et al.
Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, London: Sage Publications 2012, Vol. 40, (3) : 221-228
Vaezghasemi, Masoud; Lindkvist, Marie; Ivarsson, Anneli; et al.

Research projects

1 January 2024 until 31 December 2027
1 January 2023 until 1 January 2025
1 October 2022 until 30 September 2025
1 January 2022 until 1 January 2024

At the heart of my teaching efforts lies an important objective in every course. This objective or purpose is based on the informed choices that is actively communicated with students (Glassick 1997; Trigwell 2001). It is to create and promote an environment wherein students can enthusiastically interact and critically examine the complex global health challenges of our time. Central to this educational approach is a strong emphasis on collaborative group work, cultural competence, and global perspectives – as will be exemplified below – which encourages individual students to actively participate in different group works and in the co-creation of assignments and the generation of knowledge (Brodin E 2020; Henriksson AS 2016).

This is also in line with our institutional pedagogical vision which guides planning and implementation of our teaching activates that are based on: (i) active learning through a student perspective; (ii) collaborative learning; and (iii) reflective approach to learning.


I am course coordinator for:

1.   The Epidemiology course (10 ECTS), given to Master students in Umeå International School of Public Health. 

2.   An introduction to multilevel analysis: An epidemiological approach (online), 3 ECTS, given to doctoral students.

3.    I’m also involved in a “Training-of-Trainers (ToT) Course in Health Research Methodology” for young academics in Somalia as part of the Somali-Swedish Research Collaboration for Health with support from the Public Health Agency of Sweden (FHM) and the Swedish Research Council (VR).

Published: 14 Jun, 2021
Umeå researcher become SIGHT Fellow

Masoud Vaezghasemi is one of eleven researchers in the country in career development programs in global health