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Karin C Ringsberg, Professor emerita, PhD

I am Professor emerita in Public health and had the position as professor at Nordic School of Public health NHV, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2006-2014. Before that (1997-2005) I worked as a senior lecturer and associate professor at the University of Linköping, Högskolan Väst, NHV and later (2014-2016) as a researcher at Gothenburg University. For the moment I am committed to work with the Nordic Health Promotion Research Network (NHPRN), to write articles and text books. (For more details about education and positions see CV).

I am one of the founders of the Nordic Health Promotion Research Network (NHPRN) that started in 2007.It has now about 50 senior and junior researchers from all Nordic countries. The network meets biannually at the location of WHO, Copenhagen. (For more information see the tab Nordic Health Promotion Research Network (NHPRN) and the network´s homepage

I have vast experience of educating, mostly PhD students, in public health, health promotion and qualitative methods and have supervised 11 PhD students and several master students from all Nordic countries and also from foreign countries. I have also experience from expertise assessments of full professorships and associate professorships, being opponent on PhD and master theses and to sit on assessment boards.


In 1997 I defended my dissertation at the University of Linköping, Department of Health and Environment, Division for Preventive and Social medicine. The title of the thesis is: ”Patients with asthma-like symptoms but negative asthma tests and patients with bronchial asthma. Physiological, psychological and social characteristics.”

My research has four foci:

1. Patients with asthma-like symptoms but with negative asthma tests

I have identified and described this group of patients and have also elaborated diagnostic instruments to differentiate them from patients with asthma bronchiale. The prevalence of the asthma like condition, the interaction between caretakers and caregivers as well as patients´ and physicians´ coping strategies have also been studied.

2. Public health, health promotion and learning processes

The last 15 years I have focused on public health and health promotion and especially learning processes. Specific training models have been prepared for asthmatics, patients with asthma-like symptoms but with negative asthma tests, and an intersectoral education for parents with pre-school children their teachers and health professionals ”Nordiska Livsstilsverkstan” (see the tab Family Lifestyle workshops). The pedagogy used in these programs are based on a social constructivist, interactive and problem-based learning (PBL) perspectives

3. Health literacy

Health Literacy is another field of interest and I am one of the editors of the text book: Health literacy. Teori och praktik i hälsofrämjande arbete (In English: Health literacy. Theory and practice in health promotion). Eds: KC Ringsberg, E Olander, P Tillgren. Lund: Studentlitteratur, ISBN 978-91-44-13333-1, 2nd ed., 2020. (

4. Global health

I am also interested in global health and have participated in projects in Vietnam, India and South Africa, which have included educating and supervising of students at universities in these countries. Working at Nordic School of Public Health NHV for many years has given me vast experience of working with all the five Nordic countries.


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