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Sara Fritzell


Visiting address : Tomtebodavägen 18a, Widerströmska Huset 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden
Delivery address : Tomtebodavägen 18a, Widerströmska Huset 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden

About me

PhD in Public Health Science where I analyzed lone mothers´ health in differing welfare context, with a focus on social determinants of health. Trained in both qualitative and quantitative methods. Experienced lecturer in inequalities in health. My goal is to use my background in political science and public health to promote understanding of how societal factors affect health in different welfare states, especially for vulnerable groups.

Research description

Currently employed as health analyst at the Centre for Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Stockholm County Council, affiliated to Karolinska Institutet Department of Public Health Sciences, with on-going studies on health of parents in Sweden following separation. The focus is how child living arrangements such as alternate living may impact on health of parents and how this interacts with material and social circumstances. Also doing comparative research on health of lone mothers in different welfare states, and differential impact of economic crisis on health.

Teaching portfolio

As a lecturer, course leader and course designer, I have amongst others been involved in courses on Social determinants of health, Qualitative methods, Public health for nurses, and Social medicine for the medical students. Currently working with a doctoral course entitled “Public Health Research- concepts and theories”. Supervisor of several students at bachelor and master level. Coordinator of doctoral programme in Public Health.


The discourses on induced abortion in Ugandan daily newspapers: a discourse analysis
Larsson S, Eliasson M, Klingberg Allvin M, Faxelid E, Atuyambe L, Fritzell S
Reproductive health 2015;12():58-

Fosse E, Bull T, Burstrom B, Fritzell S

Does non-employment contribute to the health disadvantage among lone mothers in Britain, Italy and Sweden? Synergy effects and the meaning of family policy
Fritzell S, Vannoni F, Whitehead M, Burstrom B, Costa G, Clayton S, et al
HEALTH & PLACE 2012;18(2):199-208

Health inequalities between lone and couple mothers and policy under different welfare regimes - The example of Italy, Sweden and Britain
Burstrom B, Whitehead M, Clayton S, Fritzell S, Vannoni F, Costa G
SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE 2010;70(6):912-20

From macro to micro: The health of Swedish lone mothers during changing economic and social circumstances
Fritzell S, Weltoft Gr, Fritzell J, Burstrom B
SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE 2007;65(12):2474-88

Economic strain and self-rated health among lone and couple mothers in Sweden during the 1990s compared to the 1980s
Fritzell S, Burstrom B
HEALTH POLICY 2006;79(2-3):253-64