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Signe Smith Jervelund

Signe Smith Jervelund

Associate Professor

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

  • Healthcare-seeking behaviour among newly arrrived immigrants - a controlled, randimized intervention project
  • Use of healthcare services in relation to self-perceived heath among immigrants
  • Asylum-seeking children's health and condition of life
  • Equity in access to and use of healthcare services
  • Health promotion among immigrants
  • Use of healthcare services in a foreign country
  • Preventive drugs among the elderly
  • Coming of Age in Exile

Please see the publication list for most recent publications

Primary fields of research

Scientific main interest lies within the field of health services research with a particular focus on organization of the health care system, social and ethnic inequality in access to health care services, comparative analyses as well as health economics and health politics. 

Research focus on migrantion and health as well as more classic heath services research. Research projects are within the areas of asylum-seeking children's mental health and immigrants' health, including access to and utilization of health care services in Europe and the U.S., comparative analyses of healthcare systems and use of preventive drugs.


Teaches/lectures primarily in migration and health, organization of the health care system, health economics and prioritizing in health care, quality and evaluation, health politics and health care reforms. Signe Smith Nielsen 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 Nielsen teaches regularly on the following courses at the Faculty of Health, the University of Copenhagen: Organization Theory (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 functionn of the health care system (Medicine, 9th semester). Furthermore, Signe Smith Nielsen 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 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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