Department of Public Health and Nursing

Epidemiology and Medical Statistics

What are the causes and consequences of chronic diseases? Can we identify modifiable factors that can prevent disease development and reduce the risk of adverse health outcomes? These are central questions for our research group in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics.

Our research topics spans through a broad range of diseases and health conditions, but could to a large extent join under a common umbrella of chronic disease epidemiology. More specific examples includes studies on determinants and consequences of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other metabolic conditions, obesity, respiratory diseases, musculoskeletal pain and perinatal and pregnancy related outcomes. 

Epidemiology is the basic science of public health. Epidemiologists describes how diseases and conditions occur in the population, and search for factors that cause disease and ill health. This implies a systematic and unbiased approach to study design and data collection, as well as the application of sound statistical analyses to deal with complex relations. The interest and expertise in these methods forms the corner stone of our research group, and we envision that high quality studies will provide a better understanding of disease etiology, treatment effects and disease prognosis. Thus, the ultimate goal for our epidemiologic research is improved public health.


He is a better physician he that keeps diseases off us, than he that cures them being on us; prevention is so much better than healing because it saves the labour of being sick. 

Thomas Adams, 1618