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Peter Furu

Peter Furu

Associate Professor / Head of Studies

My professional background since 1983 includes activities in >25 developing countries (Africa, South East Asia, Middle East, Central America) and Denmark. Key areas within a global health context comprise higher education/training, knowledge management, consultancies and research on topics such as:

  • Environmental health
  • Health impact assessment (HIA)
  • Health related aspects of agricultural development and water resources development
  • Health impacts of climate change
  • Integrated schistosomiasis control
  • Research management and leadership


UCPH educational responsibilities

Master of Disaster Management (MDMa): Head of Studies; Lecturer and thesis supervisor

Master of Disaster Management (MDMa): Disaster Risk Management - From theory to practice: Lecturer

Master of Disaster Management (MDMa): Shelter and Settlements in Disasters: Course Leader 

Master of Science in Global Health (MScGH): Driver of Change in Health: Coping with Population and Environmental Dynamics:  Course Leader, lecturer and thesis supervisor 

Master of Science in Climate Change (MScCC): Climate Change - an Interdisciplinary Challenge: Lecturer 

Master of Science in Climate Change (MScCC):  Climate Change Impact, Adaptation and Mitigation: E-learning facilitator 

PhD Course on "Research Management and Leadership": Course Leader and lecturer



Coursera: Introduction to Global Health: "Health Impacts of Climate Change"

Primary fields of research


Selected publications

  1. Published

    Health Impacts of Climate and Environmental Change: Awareness and Challenges to Adaptation

    Furu, P. & Duong, V. K. 2013 On the Frontiers of Climate and Environmental Change. Bruun, O. & Casse, T. (eds.). Berlin: Springer, p. 195-218 23 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  2. Published

    Capacity development for health and health research

    Ørnbjerg, N. & Furu, P. 2013 A success story in Danish development aid - DBL (1964-2012). Olsen, A., Ørnbjerg, N. & Winkel, K. (eds.). Ch. 5, p. 39-46 8 p.

    Publication: CommunicationBook chapter

  3. Published

    Health impact assessments in the Mekong Basin for promoting health as a cross-cutting issue

    Furu, P. & Bos, R. 2013 A success story in Danish Development Aid - DBL (1964-2012). Olsen, A., Ørnbjerg, N. & Winkel, K. (eds.). Ch. 18, p. 126-133 8 p.

    Publication: CommunicationBook chapter

  4. Published

    Research management: a training course on research management activities and processes: an output of the SPLASH Era-Net

    Odhiambo, F. & Furu, P. 2012 Loughborough University. 128 p.

    Publication: EducationCompendium/lecture notes

  5. Published

    Health impact assessment: the state of the art

    Harris-Roxas, B., Viliani, F., Bond, A., Cave, B., Divall, M., Furu, P., Harris, P., Soeberg, M., Wernham, A. & Winkler, M. 2012 In : Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. 30, 1, p. 43-52 10 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  6. Published

    Schistosomiasis in Lake Malawi villages

    Madsen, H., Bloch, P., Makaula, P., Phiri, H., Furu, P. & Stauffer Jr., J. R. 2011 In : EcoHealth. 8, 2, p. 163-176 14 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  7. Published

    Tools for assessment of human health dimensions in forests

    Parviainen, J., Furu, P. & Kretsch, C. 2010 In : Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen = Swiss Forestry Journal. 161, 3, p. 114-119 6 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

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