University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Dinamarca

University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Dinamarca

The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is the largest university in Denmark, a member of the International Alliance of Research Universities (AIUI) and ranked 25th in the QS World University Rankings 2018.
. The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at UCPH creates new knowledge and awareness through the core tasks of research, teaching, knowledge exchange and dissemination. The Faculty is organised into 13 departments covering public health and medicine, oral health sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, veterinary medicine and animal science. Research covers a wide range: from basic biomedical research, through clinical studies, to epidemiological projects addressing disease aetiologies and qualitative studies on health promotion.

The Department of Public Health was established in 1997 in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at UCPH. It currently employs about 250 researchers and postdoctoral fellows. The Department consists of 8 sections, including the Health Services Research section responsible for this proposal, and 3 research centres: the Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health, the Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies and the Centre for Health Economics and Policy.

The Health Services Research section (Department of Public Health, UCPH) is characterised by a clear cross-disciplinary approach using a range of methodologies including quantitative methods, epidemiological methods, clinical data, health economic data, questionnaires and qualitative methodologies such as document analysis, interviews, focus groups, witness seminars and participant observation. The section places strong emphasis on conducting interdisciplinary research focusing on health services, including how social factors, health policy, organisational structures and processes, medical technology and innovations, personal attitudes and behaviours of health workers, as well as self-assessed needs, affect health, access to and use of health services, as well as health outcomes such as quality of care. Special attention is given to vulnerable groups, such as people from lower socio-economic groups, immigrants, people with mental health problems and (multiple) chronic diseases, and the elderly. The section's research also includes complex intervention studies and collaborates with health care providers, hospitals, health authorities, the Danish Cancer Society, municipalities, higher education institutions and schools.


Signe Smith Jervelund

Principal Investigator

Dr. Signe Smith Jervelund has extensive experience in leading research projects as former director of the Danish Research Centre on Migration, Ethnicity and Health (MESU) (2016-2018). Currently, Jervelund is deputy director of a large Nordic multidisciplinary collaborative research project (CAGE), which investigates and compares the life trajectories of young refugees in the four Nordic countries. Jervelund has also participated in several EU collaborative projects, such as MEHO, EUGATE and RefugeeWellSchool. Jervelund is an expert in health services research, with a focus on equity in access, use and effects of healthcare for diverse patient populations in terms of age, socio-economic background, ethnicity and disease status, in national and international comparative perspectives. Jervelund has experience in conducting complex intervention studies; he is currently involved in three complex intervention studies: two in healthcare settings and one in school settings in six European countries, from needs assessment, planning, implementation, and process and outcome evaluation. The methods applied in her research have been mainly quantitative methods: epidemiological studies with surveys, registers and medical record data and systematic reviews. However, she also has experience in qualitative methods.

Allan Krasnik


Allan Krasnik, PhD, has extensive experience in leading research groups, for example as former director of the Centre for Healthy Ageing's programme on health and health care policy (2009-2013) and as former director of the Danish Research Centre on Migration, Ethnicity and Health (MESU) (2010-2016). He is an expert in health services research, with a focus on health care organisation, health innovations and reforms and their effect on social and ethnic equity in access to health care and health outcomes. He has participated in the large cross-country comparative study "Measuring Integrated Care - An International Comparative Study", which compared integrated care measures in Kaiser Permanente, USA, and the Danish health system (2005-2008). He has also played a key role in the project "Towards Coordinated Care - Governance in a Fragmented Health System" (2010-2014), which studied a major national reform of Danish health services that brought about major changes in the organisation of Danish health provision. In addition to the above experience, Krasnik has relevant professional experience, for example as deputy director of the Danish National Board of Health (1979-1981), with a focus on the development of primary care.

Janne Sorensen


Janne Sorensen, has extensive experience in managing and coordinating large research projects, with a focus on results and dissemination of research results and knowledge to researchers, practitioners and policy makers. Sorensen also has experience in developing communication tools, such as websites and newsletters targeted at relevant audiences, to ensure the promotion of research activities and results, with high accessibility and rapid distribution. Her own research focuses mainly on cultural competence training in medical education and continuing education of health professionals. She has experience in survey and qualitative research and is currently working on an intervention project in a university setting.