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Anna Karin Hurtig (anna-karin.hurtig@umu.se)

I am a Medical Doctor with a MSc degree in “Infections and health in the tropics” and a DrPH degree  from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

I work currently as Professor in Public Health at the Division of Epidemiology and Global Health at Umeå University, Sweden. I am the deputy head of the unit. During the years I have been engaged in education at different levels and I like very much to work with PhD and MPH students. I am interested in health policy and systems research. My focus is on the strengthening of local health systems and primary health care.  My experience is mainly in low and middle income countries but increasingly also in Northern Sweden. Although contexts are different there are often common issues such as fragmented management and delivery systems.

A list of my publications can be found here.


Isabel Goicolea (isabel.goicolea@umu.se)

I am a Medical Doctor with a MSc degree in “Sexual and Reproductive Health Research” from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from Umea University. I worked in public health and sexual and reproductive rights for ten years in the Amazon basin of Ecuador and that experience has shaped my research career.

I currently work as Researcher at the Division of Epidemiology and Global Health at Umeå University. I teach in different MPH and Phd courses and supervise medical, MPH and PhD students. Supporting and mentoring students at different levels of their research studies is one of the things that I enjoy most of my job. 

My research focuses on health systems and sexual and reproductive health. I spent two years in Spain doing research on primary health care teams responses to women exposed to intimate partner violence, and after I moved back to Umeå in 2014 I have been engaged in research on youth in northern Sweden. I am leading a research project assessing how youth friendly are youth clinics in northern Sweden and another one looking for strategies to improve access to health care for rural youths. I am interested in sexual and reproductive health, and gender based violence, especially in regards to how health systems address those complex issues. Methodologically I am interested in qualitative methods and mixed methods, especially in regards to how best to approach the complexity of health systems´ interventions.

A list of my publications can be found here.


Miguel San Sebastián (miguel.sansebastian@umu.se)

I am a Medical Doctor with a MSc degree in control of infectious diseases and a PhD degree in environmental epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I learnt and practice public health during 12 years among indigenous communities of the Amazon basin of Ecuador.

I work currently as an Professor in public health at the unit of Epidemiology and Global Health, where I teach different in courses (public health, epidemiology, social epidemiology and health systems) at Master and PhD level. In addition to socioeconomic inequalities in health, I am personally very interested on how to combine Goethe´s approach to research, Gandhi´s values and systems thinking to the improvement of health systems performance in isolated areas of the world.

A list of my publications can be found here.


Per E Gustafsson (per.e.gustafsson@umu.se)

I am born and raised in a Northern Sweden village (Nyland, Kramfors kommun); subsequently a med school dropout turned PhD in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry turned researcher and teacher in public health and social epidemiology.

My research interests have mostly fallen within social epidemiology of some sort, and have oscillated between life course epidemiology, gender perspectives, embodiment, stress, neighborhoods & health, and the last years are marked by an increased attention to various forms of social inequalities in health – explanations, developments and life course perspectives. My publications can be found here. I teach at the MPH program and on PhD courses, mostly on the topics of methods and theory such as epidemiology, statistics, philosophy of science and public health theories.

More generally I’m interested philosophical and social aspects of science, critical perspectives, the interface between theory and methods, and I would say argumentation, discussions, and thinking in general. I have a soft spot for numbers, which has fluctuated between passion and moderate interest during my life, but has always been there in some form. I have a quite friendly disposition but prefer small than big groups, and also like to be on my own.

Sidansvarig: NOEHHC



Miguel San Sebastian
Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå university
901 87 Umeå 

Tel:  090-7865051