Helle Mölsted Alvesson

Helle Mölsted Alvesson

Senior Research Specialist | Docent
Telephone: +46852483332
Visiting address: Tomtebodavägen 18A, 17177 Stockholm
Postal address: K9 Global folkhälsa, K9 GPH Hanson, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am an associate professor in global health and a medical anthropologist. As the 

  • departmental director of education at the Department of Global Public Health
    I am promoting interdisciplinary and intercultural thinking in our master
    programs and in my research.


  • My research focuses on the interface between community- and central-level
    practices in health and disease. I am specialized in designing and analyzing
    qualitative data in multi-disciplinary teams in low, middle, and high-income
    settings. I lead qualitative research studies often nested in complex
    interventions currently on maternal and child health. My work elucidates how
    people define, experience, and cope with health concerns, and how people
    respond to public programs that promote improved human development.

    My current research involves different participatory methods and co-design
    processes to understand user perspectives in global public health challenges.
    I am engaged in implementation science and the steps we need to take
    to bridge the know-do gap.
    I am active in two implementation projects on maternal and newborn health:
    *ALERT - *Action Leveraging Evidence to reduce perinatal Mortality and
    morbidity in Sub-Saharan Africa - https://alert.ki.se/ [1]
    *QUALI-DEC - *Appropriate use of Caesarean section through QUALIty
    DECision-making by women and providers https://www.ceped.org/fr/ [2]
    [1] https://alert.ki.se/
    [2] https://www.ceped.org/fr/Projets/Projets-Axe-1/article/quali-dec


  • I am the departmental director of education at the Department of Global
    Public Health (GUA). I give courses on qualitative methods in health on our
    master programs and supervises doctoral and master students on qualitative

    Course leader in Qualitative Methods within the Masters program in Public
    Health Sciences.
    Qualitative methods, (7, 5 ECT credits) | Karolinska Institutet Utbildning
    (ki.se) [1]
    [1] https://education.ki.se/student/qualitative-methods-75-ect-credits/4fh088


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  • Senior Research Specialist, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2024
  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2014

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