Anna Mia Ekström

Clinical professor in infectious disease epidemiology and research group leader for Global and Sexual Health (GloSH).

Anna Mia Ekström

Professor/senior physician

Clinical professor in infectious disease epidemiology and research group leader for Global and Sexual Health (GloSH).

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About me

Clinical professor in infectious disease epidemiology focusing on HIV and leader for the Global and Sexual Health (GloSH) research group at the Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet (KI).

MD (Uppsala University), MPH (Harvard Chan School of Public Health, USA), PhD in medical epidemiology (KI), Senior clinical consultant in infectious diseases (Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm).

Research description

Took over Hans Roslings research group in 2008. Over the last two decades lead a many large international research projects in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), HIV, gender in resource-poor, high-risk contexts and sub-populations (young people/adolescent, HIV discordant couples, slum residents, migrants, men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs).

Most of the research has been performed in Eastern and Southern Africa, but also in Asia, North America and across Europe including Sweden, working closely with academia, civil society and public and global institutions.

I have a combined clinical professorship position at the Karolinska Institutet (KI) and the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden and work part-time as a senior clinical specialist in Infectious Diseases and HIV. 

Areas of expertise include: 

  • Global Health
  • Clinical Infectious Disease Medicine
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
  • HIV prevention
  • Epidemiology
  • Public health
  • Migrant SRHR
  • Adolescents and SRHR
  • Health Systems
  • Risk behaviours in key populations
  • Quality of Life
  • Behavioural economics

 Published >125 peer-reviewed articles. Awarded > 70 million SEK in research grants as main applicant.

Teaching portfolio

  • Course coordinator undergraduate course "Global health" 4.5 credits
  • Course coordinator "HIV - an individual focus from a global perspective" 7.5 credits
  • Course coordinator "Infectious diseases" Master of Global health, 4.5 credits
  • Frequent public lectures/media participation (TV, radio etc ) on SRHR, HIV, infections 
  • Responsible for KI's process of internationalisation 2015-2018 to include global health in all study programmes at KI.
  • Responsible for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Global Health in 2016 with 17,000 participants across the world. Frequent participant in public lectures, media (TV, radio, newspapers).
  • Supervised 19 PhD students to graduation, multiple master students and postdocs 
  • Scientific coordinator for the Sweden –Tanzania PhD training program sponsored by Sida 2015-2020 and actively involved in the Sweden-Uganda PhD capacity building exchange programmes since year 2000.


2016: Senior consultant (överläkare) in Infectious diseases, Karolinska University Hospital 

2013: Clinical professorship in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, focusing on HIV, KI & Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm

2011: Clinical specialist in Infectious Diseases, Karolinska University Hospital

2008: Associate professor of International Health, Dept of Public Health, IHCAR, KI  

2001: Diploma course “Health care in low-income countries, Uppsala University

2000: Licensed to practice medicine, National Board of Health and Welfare

1998: Medical Doctor (MD), Medical Faculty, Uppsala University, Sweden

1995: Master of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Member, Sidas Scientific Council

Member, KIs Ethical Council

Member, KIs International Council

Vice leader, Global Challenges think tank, health advisory group

Member, Swedish medical society, Global health board 

Board member Doctors Against AIDS

Member IN-DEPTH Scientific advisory board


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