Welcome to the networking site for the Population/Public Health group of the U21 HSG!



Ideally projects involve a partnership between academics and international managers/coordinators, with academics focusing more on exploring directions and opportunities and the managers/coordinators enabling processes that make things happen. The following lists the key contacts, recognizing that there will be other people in each location who would wish to be involved.

University of Auckland
Academic contact: Peter Adams
Manager/coordinator contact: Karen Dorrian

University of Melbourne
Academic contact: Rosemary McKenzie
Manager/coordinator contact: Russell Smith

Lund University
Academic contact: Martin Stafström
Manager/coordinator contact: Martin Stafström

Korea University
Academic contact: Haejoo Chung
Manager/coordinator contact: Jiyeon Park

Tecnologico de Monterrey
Academic contact: Jesús Santos
Manager/coordinator contact:

University of Johannesburg
Academic contact: Charlotte Mokoatle
Manager/coordinator contact:

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Academic contact: Paula Bedregal
Manager/coordinator contact: Alejandra Vives

Fudan University
Academic contact: He Na
Manager/coordinator contact: Wang Xi

University of British Columbia
Academic contact:
Manager/coordinator contact: Janice DeSouza-Vas

University College Dublin
Academic contact: Patricia Fitzpatrick
Manager/coordinator contact:

University of Birmingham
Academic contact: Paul Fisher
Manager/coordinator contact: David Round


The U21 Public Health Group newsletter is intended to foster interest in this disciplinary group and engage interest in attending future meetings. Newsletters are distributed to past attendees of the U21 Public Health meetings and to anyone else interested.  We are particularly interested in including brief narratives of student mobility experiences, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


The opportunity for students to engage in mobility options within the U21 network opens up for them new exposures, new ways of learning and new ways of approaching key challenges. Exchanges also strengthen connections between universities and encourage students to consider other options for future study. The following are brief accounts by students of their experiences of student mobility options.

ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’ was my anthem growing up and I always dreamed to “jive” in Sweden. So when the opportunity arose to go on exchange, Lund University was an easy choice. As a Public Health student, the Swedish health system is world-renown and I knew learning from the profession’s best at Lund University was something that would greatly benefit my education. I studied the Master’s Programme in Public Health for a semester. It was inspiring to be taught by professors who had worked for notable organisations, such as the World Health Organization and Gavi Alliance. The programme has a global health focus, which is also reflected in the diverse student group. This not only provided an opportunity to learn about the Swedish health system, but other health systems around the world. Between classes, fika was strictly practiced every hour, where both students and professors would have coffee and indulge in a chokladboll or kanelbullar – a practice that I’ve missed dearly once I returned home.
— Kristy Kang, Kristy Kang was in the third year of her Bachelor of Health Sciences and took up a 360 degree semester exchange into MPH courses at Lund University
I went to Melbourne on a whim, without any expectations but excited to study in a novel environment and explore the benefits of life down under. Needless to say, I love it here. Melbourne is fully living up to its reputation of a fantastic city and my commitment to using the bike as my only mode of transport has contributed greatly to “making it mine”. The University of Melbourne is indeed an excellent university, which for me manifested itself primarily in the broad variety of courses offered (of which I unfortunately couldn’t have my free pick). Studying was just as easy/difficult as back in Sweden and I had no problem making friends, most of whom I met outside of the university setting. Through my exchange, I had the chance to study a short course with the Burnet Institute, which is where I am currently writing my master thesis. All in all, I count myself very lucky to have been given this incredible exchange opportunity.
— Sophia Schröder is studying for her Masters in Public Health at Lund and visited the University of Melbourne as part of her study
In 2016, through the U21 programme, and a willing staff member from Lund University, I was provided with an invaluable opportunity to undertake some of my Masters research in Sweden. Although I visited Sweden as a “visiting researcher”, I had access to all the campus libraries, and experienced what life as an international student in Lund, might be like. Cobble-stone streets, historical buildings, cheap pastries, delicious falafel kebabs, bicycles, and a strong student vibe… it’s difficult to sum up Lund in a few words! However, I can’t speak highly enough of the experience and understanding gained, by immersing yourself in the culture and way of life, in a country you are researching, or visiting as an international student. Eternal thanks to Peter Adams, Martin Stafström, U21 programme organisers, and the funding towards my airfare from the University of Auckland.
— Marianne Grbin is studying for her Masters in Public Health. While working on her Masters thesis she visited Lund for six weeks in August 2016 as part of her research comparing host responsibility programmes between a casino in Auckland and those in Sweden.
When I was in Australia and been asked why Melbourne? I always answered with a question: why give up an opportunity to expand my life? As an international university, the University of Melbourne shows a warm welcome to people from all over the world. Options for foods are varied. People are easy-going and happy to lend a hand. Professors, they really would like to share their knowledge with you. And if you are energetic, there are lots of student societies waiting for your joining. Last but not the least, if you want to save money, then find an accommodation by yourself. Otherwise, you can always rent a place from the University.
— Ying Jiang is studying for her Masters in Public Health at Lund University and undertook a semester exchange at the University of Melbourne.


The following lists four areas of strength in population/public health that students and staff might wish to consider for placements, exchanges and other joint activities.

University of Auckland

  • Ageing and quality of life: We have several teams researching health challenges for our aging population
  • Addiction research and harm reduction: Our Centre for Addiction Research (CFAR) conducts cross disciplinary research on tobacco, alcohol, other drugs & gambling
  • Longitudinal birth cohort research: We have a major child cohort study with 7000 children now aged five years
  • Community oriented health promotion: Our School has a strong tradition in community capacity building and health promotion

Lund University

  • Social epidemiology
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Global sustainable development and health

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

  • Chronic disease epidemiology: Research in cancer and cardiovascular disease, and early origins of health and disease. National health surveys (design and development); adult cohort study
  • Social epidemiology: Research in epidemiology of employment, cities and health inequalities. Early child development and social determinants-oriented policy design and evaluation.
  • Environmental epidemiology: Natural and human-borne contaminants, especially air pollution and occupational agricultural exposures. Also, environmental parasitic diseases transmission and neglected tropical diseases
  • Health Assessments and health economics: Design, implementation, results and impact of interventions, programs, systems and health policies. Health systems research. Health systems financing, Health technology assessment and decision making. Also, evaluation of services and interventions in integrative medicine.
  • Mental health: Adult, child and adolescent mental health: depression, addictions, autism, human development, psychosocial well- being.

Fudan University

  • Environmental health sciences: We have strong research teams on risk assessmentof air pollution and water pollution
  • Research on infectious diseases: Our school has a long-term tradition and reputation in research and control practice of infectious diseases (TB, hepatitis, influenza, HIV and viral co-infections, schistosomiasis, pneumonia, etc. ) including epidemiological research and development of national and regional policies.
  • Health assessment, management and economics: We also take a national disciplinary lead in research on health assessment, management and health economics. We have a WHO Collaboration Centre for Health Assessment and a Key Lab of Health Assessment of China MOH

University of British Columbia

  • Occupational & environmental health: With a strong focus on air pollution impacts in global health
  • Health in special populations: With particular foci in child development at population level, indigenous health, maternal-child health
  • Infectious disease epidemiology: With foci in HIV, rapid response research and genomic epidemiology
  • Health services & policy research: Especially with respect to pharmaceutical drug policy

Korea University

  • Multi-disciplinary public health research: we have secured funding (800K USD/yr for 7 yrs) from the Ministry of Education to educate graduate students and to support multi-disciplinary public health research, from neurons to neighborhoods. The team is consist of 17 faculty members and near 100 graduate students, loosely coordinated, ranging from epigenetics, epidemiology, environmental health, food & nutrition, and health policy & management
  • Labour market & health studies: we have several researchers working on issues from risk assessment in occupational health, ergonomics, occupational epidemiology, and labour market policies’ impact on health
  • Poverty & health/community health promotion in urban slums: we have been working on a precarious housing neighborhood in Seoul, for a participatory health promotion program, focusing on poverty, housing, and social security for the last 3 years

University of Melbourne

  • Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care: reducing the gap in health and wellbeing due to disadvantage through evidence-based policy and health care.
  • Prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (including cancer), and promotion of mental health: evidence-based research and programs which contribute to preventing and alleviating some of the world's most common, debilitating and burdensome health issues.
  • Data science, health metrics and disease modeling: combining the power of advanced computation, data linkage and biological discovery to reduce the impact of current and burgeoning disease.
  • Screening and early detection of disease: finding and treating diseases and disorders early to reduce their impact on health

Tecnologico de Monterrey

  • Public health education research: the ESMaestras Cohort study, (The Mexican Teachers' Cohort) the largest in Latin América (115,000 teachers), start in 2006, www.ESMaestras.org, In collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health. Dr. Luis Espinosa, luisespinosa@itesm.mx is an associated researcher
  • Stroke risk epidemiology: the RIESGO (Mexican Registry of Stroke Risk factors), in collaboration with the Mexican Academy of Neurology. Dr. Luis Espinosa, luisespinosa@itesm.mx is the research project leader.
  • Global Health
  • Health projects in Mexican communities with high levels of marginalization

University of Birmingham

  • Child and maternal health
  • Chronic disease epidemiology
  • Biostatics
  • Clinical trials