Tobias Alfvén

Tobias Alfvén

Professor/Specialist Physician | Docent
Visiting address: Tomtebodavägen 18A, 17177 Stockholm
Postal address: K9 Global folkhälsa, K9 GPH Alfvén, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am a medical doctor, with a PhD in Epidemiology and a BSc in Business Administration and Political Science. For the last 20 years I have combined research, teaching, clinical medicine in paediatrics and work for the United Nations both in the field and at headquarter. Among many responsibilities when working for UNAIDS in Geneva I was representing the organization in the UN expert group on the Millennium Development Goals. I have worked and conducted research in Asia, Africa and Europe, and I am currently involved in projects in Uganda, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Viet Nam and Sweden.

    At the Department of Global Public Health at Karolinska Institutet I am team leader of the Global Child Health and Sustainable Development Goals team, within the Health Systems and Policy group. At Sachs’ children and youth hospital I am leading the research network in global health and infectious diseases. I am co-chairing the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health (CESH), a joint collaboration between Karolinska Institutet and Makerere University. Further I am the Chair of the Swedish Society of Medicine and the chair of Agenda for health and prosperity.

    - Clinical Professor in Global Child Health 2022
    - Licensed pediatrician, Sach´s Children &
  • Youth Hospital 2017
    - Licensed physician, Karolinska Hospital 2003
    - PostDoc in Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, 2003-04
    - PhD in Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet, 2002
    - Bachelor in business, including Business Economics, National Economics and Political Science, Stockholm and Uppsala University 2001


  • My research aims to reduce child mortality and morbidity with research projects mostly in low-income-countries, such as Uganda, Ethiopia and Viet Nam, but also in Sweden. I am involved in projects around prevention, new diagnostics and treatment of pneumonia, diagnostics of meningitis and improved neonatal survival. I am also involved in projects related to inter-disciplinary work around the Sustainable Development Goals, climate change effects on child health and wellbeing, and how to reach children without access to the formal health care system.


  • I teach global health and global child health at all different levels at Karolinska Institutet, and I am also involved in teaching related to neglected infectious diseases and the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Master programme in Global Health:
    Mother and child health in a global perspective (3GB013)


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  • Professor/Specialist Physician, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2017
  • Doctor Of Philosophy, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 2002
  • Bachelor in business, including Business Economics, National Economics and Political Science, , Business Economics, National Economics and Political Science, Uppsala University, 2001
  • University Medical Degree, Karolinska Institutet, 2000

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