Support during your doctoral studies at the Department of Global Public Health
Being a doctoral student can be stressful and demanding. This page lists whom to contact at the department if you need support during your studies.
Issues with your work environment or employment
The Human Resources unit at the department can assist you if you need support or have questions regarding your employment or your work environment.
Struggling with stress, depression, or other health matters?
In case you are struggling with stress management, crisis, depression, or other mental health matters, the following resources are available to you:
Student Health Centre
The Student Health Centre is a great place to start if you are not feeling well or in need of support. The centre offers individual guidance, consultations, and support for study-related issues.
- Lifestyle-related concerns
- Performance anxiety
- Speech anxiety
- Problems with concentration
- Problems with the study environment
- Sleeping disorder
They are a complement to the public health care services, but do not offer does not offer any structured psychological treatment. But get in touch with them to schedule an appointment.
Student Health Centre can also support with matters related to physical health.
08-524 835 70 (for telephone consultation/schedule an appointment)
Monday, Thursday, and Friday: 9.00 – 10.00.
Wednesday: 14.00 – 15.00.
KI Campus Flemingsberg: Blickagången 7, 5th floor.
KI Campus Solna: Berzelius väg 1, 5th floor.
Occupational health care
Avonova is the current occupational health care provider for KI which offers preventive and rehabilitative occupational health services for all doctoral students (both employed at KI and scholarship-holders). If you, for example, want to meet with a psychologist, you can reach out to Avonova. Usually, you are entitled to 1-2 appointments per year without checking with your manager or supervisor first. Avonova can also support with matters related to physical health.
Monday – Thursday: 8.00 – 17.00
Friday: 8.00 – 16.30
Closed for lunch: 12.00 – 13.00
S:t Göransgatan 57, floor 5
Phone: 08-120 124 80
Avonova - Klara Strand C
Entrance C, plan 7
Phone: 08-120 125 00
Phone: 08-120 124 10
THERE IS ALSO A 24/7 CONSULTING HOTLINE FOR ALL KI EMPLOYEES: 0200-216300
Sometimes all that is needed is a regular practice – whether physical or mental. KI’s Health Promotion team offers live streaming classes almost every day for your physical as well as mental health and well-being, such as yoga, mindfulness, active break, HIIT etc. Please see this page for a description of classes. On the 'Live streaming classes' section, you can find links to the Zooms that each class uses and an updated schedule for the week.
Specific resource for coping with the COVID-19 pandemic
The National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Ill-Health (NASP) at KI has compiled a list of resources which might be useful in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Struggling with doctoral education and supervision?
In case you are struggling with your doctoral education, supervision, and other such matters, you can always contact the following people. KI has also put together a comprehensive list of support, including information about equal opportunities, and what is expected of supervisors and study directors and other formal roles at KI.
Director of Doctoral Education at GPH
The doctoral students' ombudsperson (link to the DO text below)
Phone: 08-524 830 72
Harassment or bullying
Harassment or bullying has no place at work. If you have experienced or been the witness of harassment or bullying, you are always welcome to contact HR unit at the department. The HR unit can help you by being an intermediary when communicating with the person(s) concerned. They can also help you to get in touch with a psychologist.
Contact the HR unit at the department
Contact the HR unit at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at Widerströmska huset on the third floor. Contact details to administrative staff at the Department of Global Public Health
Problems related to supervision
Should you experience problems related to supervision, try to speak to your supervisor. If that does not help, contact the director of doctoral education at GPH.
Contact the Doctoral Students’ Ombudsperson for support and advice
The Doctoral Students' Ombudsperson (DO) is also available if you have questions or need support. The DO is employed by Medicinska Föreningen to support all doctoral students at KI. The DO can provide you with independent information about rules and regulations at Karolinska Institutet, as well as assist and support in conflicts with the department.
The "ombudsperson" is employed by the Medical Students' Association in Stockholm (MF). The DO works under complete confidentiality, unless explicitly told otherwise by the doctoral student who seeks advice.
Doctoral student representatives at the department
The doctoral student representatives are at hand when you need to talk to a fellow doctoral student.
You are welcome to contact the representatives at the department, if you have any questions regarding your doctoral studies.