Maria Kristiansen

Maria Kristiansen

Professor, Deputy Head of Department

Member of:

  • Web: Center for Healthy Aging

  • Web Track 2: Retirement and transitions

Current research

I am Professor of Participatory Health Services Research, the Deputy Head of Department and Research Group Leader at Department of Public Health & Section for Health Services Research.

Furthermore, I am the Deputy Director of Center for Healthy Aging (CEHA), and I hold a Research Collaborator Appointment at the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota.

For a description of my research group, please see


The primary goal of the interdisciplinary and participatory research conducted in my research group is to enhance person-centered, diversity-sensitive healthcare provision in the context of population aging. We focus on unlocking and unfolding the diverse values, needs and resources among older adults, and to transform healthcare to make it equitable and reflective of the varieties of experiences, situations and goals of people, often living with multi-morbidity. This will contribute towards addressing societal challenges as well as opportunities caused by population aging that has implications for healthcare policy and practice.


In order to identify innovative approaches to ensuring healthcare services that are person-centered and of high quality for the increasing number of older adults, we work within an overall frame of interdisciplinary, multi-methods and participatory science in close collaborations with a range of partners. Key partners span across patient groups, municipalities, hospitals, patient associations, entrepreneurs and international organizations. We aim to enhance relevance, transferability and ultimately societal impact of research. Science communication using multiple channels including radio, blogs, public events, graphic methods, and social media is an important part of our work.


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. In 2020, I was granted a Research Collaborator Appointment at the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, USA.


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, Danish Cardiovascular Academy, the Scientific Committee in the Danish Cancer Society, Horizon2020, the European Research Council (ERC), the COST Programme, the Dutch Research Council, and the Baltic Research Programme. In addition to reviewer functions for various journals, I am Associate Editor for the BMC Health Services Research journal, and I serve as a speaker and an advisor for amongst others Danish municipalities and WHO Europe.


Fields of interest

Patient and user engagement/involvement; personcentred care; aging; migration; health services research; participatory methods; co-created science; outreach; impact; mixed-methods studies; 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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