Section of Social Medicine

Social medicine is a core discipline within public health. At the Section of Social Medicine, we investigate life course social, psychosocial, psychological, physiological and behavioural determinants of health and function, as well as the socioeconomic consequences of disease and functional decline, with a focus on social inequality. 

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We address current societal challenges such as: health problems in socially vulnerable population groups and neighbourhoods, functional limitations and multi-morbidity in the ageing population, health consequences of psychosocial stressors in the working environment and private life, inequity in the use of health services and rehabilitation and consequences of infertility and fertility treatment. Further, we develop and employ a wide variety of epidemiological, psychometric, demographic and qualitative methods in population and patient based cohort studies and in intervention studies. Data sources include comprehensive surveys, clinical and register data, qualitative research interviews and fieldwork, as well as high resolution mobile phone derived data. 

Complex interventions based on detailed knowledge about target populations and their needs, are executed to develop co-created solutions to important societal challenges. Furthermore, the section conducts evaluations of the implementation and outcomes of these interventions using a mixed method research approach. The section quantifies and compares the expected health consequences of major policy initiatives and interventions also from a clinical perspective. 

Our research identifies potential action points for organized societal efforts limiting further health deterioration and social adversities. We continuously contribute to the development of health promotion, prevention and rehabilitation nationally and internationally. In line with the University’s 2023 strategy, we collaborate closely with a number of international research environments, Danish municipalities, regions and stakeholders to increase the societal impact of our research findings. 

The Section of Social Medicine is responsible for pre- and postgraduate level courses in Social Epidemiology, Medical Sociology, Prevention, Health Promotion and Rehabilitation, Clinical Social Medicine and Intervention and Evaluation Methods.




The Section's research address public health in a life course perspective focusing on social determinants and consequences of disease. Specific health problems in the foetal stage, in childhood and adolescence, in midlife and in old age, and across generations are object of research. The synergies in combining an individual perspective and a population perspective on health and disease are exploited, as well as the the synergies in combining basic etiological analysis with applied rehabilitation and prevention research.

The research is organised within 4 groups. In addition there is a cross sectional group of ph.d.-students, the 'germination box'.

Public Health Database: the database is a linkage of a number of registers comprising data on all persons in Denmark from 1980 onwards.
Germination box: a unique network for young researchers at the Section of Social Medicine and Section of Epidemiology (in Danish only)

























Portrait of Rikke Lund Head of Section of Social Medicine

Head of Section

Rikke Lund

Phone: +45 35 32 79 92
Mobile: +45 24 66 05 35


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Andersen, Ingelise Associate Professor +4535327662 E-mail
Bender, Mette Assistant Professor +4535328033 E-mail
Bjørner, Jakob Affiliate Professor +4535327394 E-mail
Brasholt, Marie Sørensen Clinical Associate Professor +4560880672 E-mail
Brønnum-Hansen, Henrik Associate Professor +4535327974 E-mail
Christensen, Ulla Associate Professor +4535327663 E-mail
Dandanell Garn, Stine Industrial PhD   E-mail
Diderichsen, Finn Professor Emeritus +45+5583991373132 E-mail
Foverskov, Else Assistant Professor   E-mail
Gadeberg, Anne Kristine PhD Fellow +4535332966 E-mail
Hansen, Annegrethe Division Secretary +4535327984 E-mail
Hansen, Åse Marie Professor +4535327956 E-mail
Holst, Bodil Marie Administrative Officer +4535332978 E-mail
Hougaard, Charlotte Ørsted Data Administrator +4535337217 E-mail
Jensen, Natasja Koitzsch Postdoc +4535337328 E-mail
Jørgensen, Terese Sara Høj Associate Professor +4535335886 E-mail
Kalvåg, Cecilie Kivikoski Student +4535332751 E-mail
Larsen, Kristian Professor   E-mail
Lund, Rikke Professor, Head of Section +4535327992 E-mail
Lund, Thomas Associate Professor +4535337064 E-mail
Molbo, Drude Data Administrator +4535326736 E-mail
Mortensen, Ole Steen Clinical Professor +4523328431 E-mail
Nielsen, Jannie Associate Professor +4535331262 E-mail
Nilsson, Charlotte Juul Associate Professor +4535327122 E-mail
Nygaard, Siv Steffen PhD Fellow +4535332406 E-mail
Pisinger, Charlotta Holm Clinical Professor +4551224070 E-mail
Rasmussen, Kenneth Service Staff +4535327331 E-mail
Rossau, Henriette Knold PhD Fellow +4535325179 E-mail
Schmidt, Lone Professor with special responsibilities +4535327631 E-mail
Schnohr, Christina Part-time Lecturer +4535337220 E-mail
Sigsgaard, Anna Munk Academic Research Staff +4535325238 E-mail
Thielen, Karsten Clinical Associate Professor   E-mail
Toft, Ulla Marie Nørgaard Clinical Professor +4529997877 E-mail
Vassard, Ditte Part-time Lecturer +4535333641 E-mail
Villadsen, Sarah Fredsted Associate Professor +4535327997 E-mail