Outside CHESS, 2011

Doctoral programme

Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS) is responsible for the doctoral programme in Public Health at Stockholm University. The doctoral programme is given in collaboration with Stress Research Institute (SFI). The programme focuses on perspectives on origins of health inequalities, how living and working conditions influence health over the life course, and the biopsychological mechanisms that may mediate these associations.

Master's programme

Through a multidisciplinary combination of sociology, psychology, and public health sciences, the master's programme "Population Health: Societal and Individual Perspectives" will provide a broad knowledge on the links between society and health, including social policies and social stratification; psychobiological processes, stress and health behaviours; life course and developmental perspectives on health; international health. Special attention will be paid to understanding and applying quantitative methods.

Single-subject courses

Within the Master's programme, most courses are available for other students as well. Priority for these courses will be given to students within the Master programme in Population Health. Also, we provide some advanced-level courses outside the programme.

Post-graduate programme attached to the Forte-centre

The post-graduate programme at CHESS was launched in January 2008 through a grant from the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte). It currently comprises 12 doctoral students in sociology, psychology and medicine, affiliated to seven different departments at Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet. The overarching purpose of this programme is to serve as a resource for the participants of the programme by adding to existing researcher training at Stockholm University, Karolinska Institutet and other universities in the area of Human Society and Health.

Equal rights and opportunities

Read about our administrative system for complaints of discrimination by a student.


Director of studies -
Master's programme

Ylva B Almquist (on leave)
+46 (0)8 674 79 69
Susanna Toivanen (substitute)
+46 (0)8 674 78 03

Director of studies -
Doctoral programme

Bitte Modin
+ 46 (0)8 16 44 66

Head of the post-graduate programme attached to the FAS centre
Olle Lundberg
+ 46 (0)8 16 26 53

Coordinator of the post-graduate programme attached to the FAS centre
Bitte Modin
+ 46 (0)8 16 44 66

Responsible for Ladok - Master's programme & Doctoral programme
Cathrin Wiksell
+46 (0)8 674 75 73

Responsible for Mondo
Olof Östergren
+ 46 (0)8 16 36 40