Section of Environmental Health

The section carries out basic research on environment and health throughout the life course, with methods ranging from experimental models to register-based epidemiology. The priority of the section is to contribute to future public health and prevention with original research and training of talented researchers.

The overall objective of the section is to generate new knowledge and awareness of the importance of the environment for public health through research, education, and knowledge dissemination.








The Section is organized into 3 research units/groups

The Unit of Medical Psychology
The Unit of Medical Psychology does research and teaching in a broad range of topics in the fields of psychology that are particularly relevant for medicine and other health sciences.
Research Group Leader: Associate Professor Trine Flensborg-Madsen

Environmental Epidemiology group
The Environmental Epidemiology group conducts research and teaching in general epidemiological methods based on the use of Danish health registers and clinical databases, with specific research focus on environmental epidemiology, cancer screening evaluation, human biomonitoring, and occupational epidemiology.

Research Group Leader: Professor Zorana Jovanovic Andersen.

Molecular Epidemiology and Toxicology Group
The group's research focuses on mechanisms of action of environmental agents, using cell cultures,  experimental laboratory models and controlled human exposures. The research strives to use experimental models to reduce or replace animal experiments.
Research Group Leader: Professor Peter Møller


Human Biomonitoring for Europe (HBM4EU). Ethics in SUND/SCIENCE, ETHICS in human studies
Contact: Professor Lisbeth E. Knudsen







The teaching of the Section is mainly delivered at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and concerns the impact of psychological, environmental and work related factors on health; the Section also teaches Master’s students from the Faculty of Science. It is an objective of the Section that the majority of its Master’s students continue to become PhDs.

The Section aims to engage a large number of PhD students and have them contribute to the teaching activities; the Section is also involved in designing and implementing PhD courses. The Section strives to develop and upgrade the teaching offered at all levels, at the same time optimizing and increasing the involvement of external teachers. The Section delegates great responsibility to its administrative personnel and aims to provide them with a high level of further education.

The Section is responsible for curricula regarding the effects of environment on health in a number of study programmes within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences: 

At Bachelor/Master of Science in Medicine, the Section is responsible for 'Environmental Medicine' during the 9th semester in the form of lectures and class hours and responsible for 'Toxicology' in the form of lectures in the 8th semester. Teaching material is available at Absalon

At Bachelor/Master of Science in Public Health, the Section is responsible for lectures in 'Environment and health during the third semester. Teaching material is available at Absalon, as well as at 'Children and Environmental Health'

The Master's degree program in Health Sciences, the section is responsible for Epidemiology on the 3rd semester.

At the Master of Public Health (MPH), the Section is responsible for teaching of Epidemiology (compulsory and elective)

The Section also participates with lectures and practical courses in the Master of Science programmes in Human Biology; Environmental Chemistry and Health; and Health Science. 

On this page, you will find an overview of project proposals and internship opportunities that the Department of Public Health offers to bachelor's, master’s, and research year students.








Martin Roursgaard

Head of Section

Martin Roursgaard
Associate Professor

Phone: +45 35 32 79 89


Name Title Phone E-mail
Andersen, Zorana Jovanovic Professor +4535327669 E-mail
Bergmann, Marie PhD Fellow +4535324053 E-mail
Carlsen, Lisbeth Bille Laboratory Technician +4535327655 E-mail
Cole-Hunter, Tom Assistant Professor +4552802608 E-mail
Hald, Gert Martin Professor +4535337213 E-mail
Hevia Ramos, Gonzalo Benjamín Academic Research Staff +4535320780 E-mail
Jensen, Annie Laboratory Coordinator +4535327650 E-mail
Johnsen, Daniel Bach Industrial Postdoc   E-mail
Knudsen, Lisbeth E. Professor +4535327653 E-mail
Lawrence, Julie Hansen Laboratory Technician +4535337208 E-mail
Lim, Youn Hee Associate Professor +4535336862 E-mail
Loft, Steffen Professor +4535327649 E-mail
Mathiesen, Line Associate Professor +4535327657 E-mail
Mehlum, Ingrid Alethe Sivesind Clinical Professor   E-mail
Mortensen, Erik Lykke Emeritus +4535327839 E-mail
Møller, Peter Professor +4535327654 E-mail
Napolitano, George Maria Academic Research Staff +4535328154 E-mail
Pavan, Silvia Visiting PhD Student   E-mail
Roursgaard, Martin Associate Professor +4535327989 E-mail
Søberg, Marie-Louise Division Secretary +4535320174 E-mail
Tuffier, Stéphane Research Assistant +4535333657 E-mail
Wils, Regitze Sølling Teaching Assistant   E-mail
Wörtwein, Gitta Associate Professor +4535327484 E-mail
Zhang, Jiawei PhD Fellow +4535320262 E-mail
von Euler-Chelpin, My Catarina Associate Professor +4535327670 E-mail
Øverup, Camilla Stine Associate Professor +4535335174 E-mail