Research presentation

Gloria Macassa

Research presentation

Gloria Macassa


Research subject: Folkhälsovetenskap

Licensed Medical Doctor; Professor of Public Health Sciences and Epidemiology, Associate Professor in Public Health Sciences (MIUN); Associate Professor in Social Medicine (KI)   


  • Food Security and Health Equity (FSHp8)- Part of SIDA program 2018-2022. The project aims to study the relationship between food insecurity and chronic diseases; the role of food choice on health outcomes, climate change impact on food security and policy in food security and health partners: Eduardo Mondlane University, Uppsala University, Chalmers, University of Lund, University of Stelenbosch and, Nova University Lisbon); Elsa Maria Salvador, Jose da Cruz Francisco, Anneli Martila, Olalekan Uthman, Stig Vimberg.
  • Recognition and Education in Violence, Abuse and Neglect for Medical and Healthcare Practitioners (REVAMP- EU/Erasmus +) (2019-2021). The project aims to train medical and healthcare practitioners on IPV recognition in eight institutions of seven EU countries.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility, Population Health and Marketing (CSR-PhaM)
  • Responsible Leadership and Stakeholders Health Promotion (RLeSH) (2018-2023). The project aims to investigate the impact of CSR strategies and Responsible Leadership on internal and external stakeholders health promotion. (Partners: University of Malta, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, ISPUP, Eduardo M.University).
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Health Promotion (SESHP) (2018-2023). The project examines the role of social enterprises in health promotion in a context of sustainable development. Partners: G. Caledonian University, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences; Agneta Morelli, Anne-Sofie Hiswåls, Akmal Hyder, Olivia Kang, Mahmood Rezhagoli, Niclas Olofsson, Anneli Martila.
  • Climate Change and Contextual Health Inequalities (ClicH) (2018- 2023). This research assesses how climate change and its driving forces influence inequalities of health outcomes in urban and rural contexts. Partners: Lithuanian University of Health Sciences; Eduardo M. University Anneli Martila, Niclas Oloffson.


Short Curriculum Vitae


I graduated in Medicine from Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo-Mozambique (1992). Thereafter, I was awarded a Master in Public Health Sciences with emphasis in Demography at Karolinska Institutet (1999) and a PhD in Epidemiology from Karolinska Institute (2004). Currently I am a Professor of Public Health Sciences and Epidemiology and the research leader of the “Social Epidemiology, Population Health and Violence” (SEPHV) research group/network.

PhD Thesis

Poverty and health in different contexts- social inequalities in child mortality in Mozambique and 19th Century Stockholm . Karolinska Institute/CHESS.

Current Position (s)

2014 - Professor of Public Health Sciences, University of Gävle, Sweden

2013 - Professor of Public Health Sciences, Mid-Sweden University, Sweden

2011 - Associate Professor of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

2011 - Associate Professor of Public Health, Department of Health Sciences Mid-Sweden University, Sweden

2015 - af. Professor of Epidemiology, Epidemiology Unit-ISPUP, University of Porto Medical School.

Previous Position (s)

2012-2013 - Senior Lecturer in Public Health Epidemiology, Department of Health Sciences, Mid Sweden University, Sweden

2010-2014 - Senior Lecturer in Public Health Sciences, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, University of Gävle, Sweden

2011 - Guest Researcher, Department of Psychology Mid-Sweden University, Sweden

2007-2010 - Epidemiologist, Division of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences; Karolinska Institutet, (Research Group Health and Safety Promotion; sub Section Violence and Determinants of Health)

2005-2007 - Epidemiologist, Division of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences; Karolinska Institutet, (Research Group Health Equity and Policy Analysis)

1998 to date - Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Eduardo Mondlane University, Faculty of Medicine, Mozambique

1992-1996 - Clinical Director, Malhangalene Health Centre, Ministry of Health, Maputo, Mozambique

1992 - Senior lecturer Public Health and Epidemiology, Department of Community Health, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique

Activities in Peer Review Journals

Member of the editorial board

  1. Mid-Sweden Journal of Public Health
  2. BMC Global Health Research and Policy

 Supervision of PhD Students


Current PhD students

  • Elias Militao, MSc Biotechnology. Thesis title: Food Insecurity Among Mozambican Workers: A social Epidemiologic Approach (MIUN)
  • Afroza Begum, M Public Health. Thesis title: Suicide Ideation among Adolescents in Rural Bangladesh (MIUN)
  • Elena Ahmadi, MSc Economics: Thesis title: Leadership Behaviour, Working Environment and Health in Award-winning Companies – a Manager and Subordinate Perspective (HiG).
Published by: Camilla Haglund Page responsible: Annika Strömberg Updated: 2020-06-12
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