Signe Smith Jervelund

Signe Smith Jervelund

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

My scientific main interest lies within the field of health services research with a particular focus on access to, use and effects of healthcare services by different population groups, including social and ethnic inequalities in health, patient involvement as well as coordination 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, patient involvement, intervention studies regarding healthcare-seeking behavior, comparative analyses of healthcare systems; asylum-seeking and refugee children's mental health, access to health care and coming of age in a Nordic comparative perspective; and coordination of preventive drug medication.

Competencies within a range of research methods, including epidemiological studies using surveys, registries and medical record data, complex intervention studies, systematic reviews and qualitative methods.

Danish editor of Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, Member of Steno Faculty Steering Group (representative 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, health promotion and disease prevention, as well as migration and health

  • Coming of Age in Exile - Health and Socio-Economic Inequities in Young Refugees in the Nordic Welfare Societies
  • Healthcare-seeking behaviour among newly arrrived immigrants - a controlled intervention project
  • Use of healthcare services
  • Asylum-seeking children's health and condition of life
  • Equity in access to and use of healthcare services
  • Health promotion among immigrants
  • Use of cross-border healthcare services
  • Preventive drugs among the elderly

Please see the publication list for most recent publications


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 as well as migration and health. I has teaching experiences from several educations at the Faculty of Health, the University of Copenhagen:

  • Bachelor- and Master education in Public Health
  • Medicine
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of International Health (MIH)

Signe Smith Jervelund teaches regularly on the following courses at the Faculty of Health, the University of Copenhagen: The structure and function of the healthcare system (Bachelor education in Public Health) and in  the subject Refugee and Immigrant Health (Master education in Public Health) as well as in Medical Sociology: the organisation and function of the health care system (Medicine, 9th semester). Furthermore, Signe Smith Jervelund teaches at the Master of International Health and Master of Public Health educations regarding migrant health and access to the health care system, including especially on asylum-seeking children in Denmark.

Supervises students in Public Health, Medicine, Master of Public Health, Master of Global Health etc. in topics within health services research, including health and life conditions for migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers, organization of the health care system, and how health politics, organizational changes and interventions influence access to and use of the health care services.

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