Tobias Alfven

Tobias Alfvén

Senior lecturer/specialist physician

About me

Tobias Alfvén works as senior researcher in Global Health at the Department of Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institutet and as a pediatrician at Sachs’ children and youth hospital in Stockholm.

Tobias is a medical doctor, with a PhD in Epidemiology and a BSc in Business Administration and Political Science.  He has for the last 15 years combined research, teaching, clinical medicine in pediatrics and work for the United Nations both in the field and at HQ. Among many responsibilities when working for UNAIDS in Geneva he was representing the organization in the UN expert group on the Millennium Development Goals.  He has worked and done research in Asia, Africa and Europe, and is currently involved in projects in Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Vietnam and Sweden.

At the Department of Public Health at the Karolinska Institutet he is co-chairing the Maternal & Child and Clinical Care sub-group within the Global Health – Health Systems and Policy group. At Sachs’ children and youth hospital he is leading the research network in global health and infectious diseases. Further he is the Chair of the Swedish Society of Medicine´s Committee of Global Health and is a Board member of the Section for Global Health, Swedish Paediatric Society.

Research description

Tobias research aims to reduce child mortality and morbidity with research projects mostly in low-income-countries, like Uganda, Ethiopia and Viet Nam, but also in Sweden. He is involved in projects around prevention, new diagnostics and treatment of pneumonia, diagnostics of meningitis, improved neonatal survival, how to reach children without access to the formal health care system and Monitoring & Evaluation of the AIDS epidemic and global goals, like the Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Teaching portfolio

Tobias teaches in global child health at all different levels at the Karolinska Institutet, and is also involved in teaching related to neglected infectious diseases, pediatric HIV, monitoring and evaluation and the Sustainable Development Goals. He is also one of the teacher´s at “An Introduction to Global Health”, a MOOC for better understanding of challenges and solutions to global health issues from an inter-disciplinary perspective (! ).


  • 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 
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