Umeå University together with Karolinska Institutet and Lund University have received financial support for the the Swedish Research Council, to set up the Swedish Research School for Global Health. Each of the three institutions has more than 20 years of experience in research training programs in collaboration with low and middle-income countries.
Aim of the research school
The aim is to achieve multi-disciplinary collaboration in education, research and training by coordinating existing courses and seminars in global health and develop new courses to fill gaps in knowledge and improve quality of research training. The aim is also to increase participation of the collaborating institutions in low and middle-income countries, creating a formalized network of institutions in Sweden and collaborating countries. The specific aims of the research school are:
- To provide courses and seminars in global health on a doctoral level
- To develop a base of new generations of researchers in global health
- To secure international standard of global health research training in Sweden
- To provide a creative environment for global health research students and teachers
- To create a platform in Sweden for discussion of global health issues
- To stimulate exchange between global health research students both nationally and internationally
- To participate in international networks of global health research training
Operation of Programme
The operation of the programme, as well as its organisation, are characterized by interdisciplinary collaboration. For the doctoral student, this implies a double alma mater: the home department from which the student graduates and the doctoral programme. In addition, thanks to cooperation between the home departments and the doctoral programme, a broad selection of courses can be made available to the students. The courses are mainly held in Umeå, Stockholm and Lund.
Seminars and special workshops will complement the courses and facilitate the process of networking.
The research school is run by a steering committee consisting of 7 members from the participating divisions and departments within UmU, KI and LU together with three student representatives. The chair of the steering committee also acts as director of the research school.
Director, coordinator, and administration
The director of the research school, Prof. Peter Byass works closely with three coordinators, Prof Anna-Karin Hurtig from UmU, Dr Ayesha De Costa from KI and Prof Maria Emmelin from LU who are responsible for the daily work of the programme together with administrative personnel.