Signe Smith Jervelund

Signe Smith Jervelund

Associate Professor - Promotion Programme

Signe Smith Jervelund (PhD, MSc) is Associate Professor in Health Services Research and Head of Studies for Public Health Science. The overall focus of my research is the access, functions and outcomes of healthcare services with special attention on vulnerable groups, and how we can reduce inequities in access to healthcare in a national and international comparative perspective.

Primary fields of research

My scientific main interest lies within the field of health services research with a particular focus on the structure and function of the healthcare system, social and ethnic inequalities, continuity of care and quality of care in a national and international comparative perspective.

Former and current research projects include migrants’ access to and utilization of health care services in Europe and the U.S.; quality of care; video consultations; asylum-seeking children's mental health, refugees' integration within health, education, and labour marked, multimorbid patients in the fragmented healthcare system as well as intervention studies regarding healthcare-seeking behavior, better pregnancy outcomes and mental health among young newcomers.

Applied research, multidisciplinary approaches, development of educational curriculum and dissemination of research are important elements of my work. 

I am the Danish editor of Scandinavian Journal of Public Health and Leader of the Scientific Committee of Danish Public Health Society.

Current research

Signe Smith Jervelund is involved in a number of research projects within the areas of health services research, intervention research as well as migration and health

  • Patients and specialist doctors' experiences with videoconsultations (Screened?)
  • Promoting access to early cancer diagnosis in Latin American Healthcare systems (EquityCancer-LA)
  • Multimorbid patients in a fragmented healthcare system
  • Equity in access to and use of healthcare services

Please see the publication list for most recent publications


I am Head of Studies of Public Health Science. I teaches/lectures primarily in organization of the health care system, health economics and prioritizing in health care, quality and evaluation, health politics and health care reforms, complex interventions as well as migration and health at the University of Copenhagen:

  • Bachelor- and Master education in Public Health
  • Medicine
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Global Health
  • Master of Health Innovation (together with CBS)

I am the course director of "The structure, management and economics of the healthcare system" at MPH, and I am co-course director of "Statistics, Epidemiology and Medical Sociology (SEMS) on the part of the course on the structure and function of the healthcare system" at the medical education.

I supervise bachelor, master and PhD students.

Possible conflicts of interest

I am a Danish editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, a personal member of the Danish Society for Public Health, and the chair of the Scientific Committee. Additionally, I have been appointed by the society as an expert in the committee on inequality and ethnicity under the Health Authority. Finally, I have been appointed by Danish universities as a scientific expert in the Epidemic Commission to assist with their work.

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