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Maria Kristiansen

Maria Kristiansen

Associate Professor

Member of:

  • Web: Center for Healthy Aging

  • Web Track 2: Retirement and transitions

Current research

I am associate professor in health services research with a focus on person-centred care in aging populations, and research group leader at the Department of Public Health & Center for Healthy Aging, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

The primary goal of the interdisciplinary research conducted in my research group is to enhance person-centred, diversity-sensitive healthcare provision in the context of population aging. This will contribute towards addressing societal challenges as well as opportunities caused by population aging that has implications for healthcare policy and practice. For a description of the group and selected projects, please see

As a researcher with a distinct T profile, I use my interdisciplinary background, multi-methods skills, and curiosity to drive citizen-centric health care provision. Working with co-created science, I link citizens, entrepreneurs, professionals and researchers with the aim of ultimately ensuring innovation in health care for the benefit of patients and citizens. Aging and migration are key focus areas.

My research encompasses qualitative, quantitative and multi-methods studies with different study designs spanning across health promotion, diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation. This includes a number of intervention studies exploring citizen-centric innovations, thus informing the evidence-base for future health care provision. Projects are often co-created with key societal partners to enhance relevance, transferability and ultimately societal impact of research.

I have a background in Public Health Sciences, and a PhD in multi-methods Health Services Research from University of Copenhagen. In 2013, I was awarded an Honorary Research Fellowship at the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and I have been key in the initiation of the academic public health program in Qatar. I hold a number of grants, and I am involved in assessment of grant applications and academic work nationally and internationally, e.g. under the Research Committee of the Danish Heart Foundation, Horizon2020, the European Research Council (ERC) and the COST Programme. In addition to reviewer functions for various journals, I am Associate Editor for the BMC Health Services Research journal, and I serve as an advisor for amongst others Danish municipalities and WHO Europe.

Fields of interest

Patient and user engagement/involvement; personcentred healthcare; aging; migration; health services research; co-created science; outreach; intervention studies.


Teaching: A range of different academic programs including the BA and MA in Public Health Sciences, the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, the MA in Global Health, MA in Health Sciences and BA in Human Nutrition.

Examination: At a range of programs including the BA and MA in Public Health Sciences, Global Health and MPH at University of Copenhagen. I am involved in assessment of PhD students and a member of the External Assessment Board in Public Health.

Supervision: PhD students, students from different academic programs at University of Copenhagen, and students from the Master Programme in Public Health, University of Lund, Sweden.

Primary fields of research

Health services research.

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