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The department of public health and community medicine

The department has unique general population cohorts followed in longitudinal population studies. Cohorts of women, elderly, young adults, occupational groups, patient groups are examples. A broad collaboration is established between the department and public health stakeholders (municipalities, labor unions, employers’ organizations, companies and social insurance authorities).

The multi-professional and multidisciplinary mixture of clinicians and scientists with different expertise (medicine, statistics, psychology, social sciences, nutrition, hygien, chemistry, physics, and engineering) gives an important synergy.

Brief summary of our fields of research

The core of the research is clinical public health epidemiology with the major themes: life course and ageing, environment, nutrition, gender, alcohol, social determinants, work ability, pharmaco-epidemiology, cardiovascular, metabolic, musculoskeletal and mental health.
A general feature is the translation population-patients-prevention, facilitated by the integration of the clinical departments at the University hospital and the primary health care in the western region of Sweden.


EpiLife is a national excellence center (FAS) coordinated at the department. The department has four FAS programs: Insurance medicine, Childhood obesity, Women and health and Occupational health services.

Link to the EpiLife website

Page Manager: Ann-Sofie Liljenskog Hill|Last update: 2/24/2010

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