Kristianstad University was founded in 1977 and offers over 40 programs and 450 courses to approximately 14000 students. Among the four faculties (Business, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences and Teacher Education) the most active fields of research are biosphere, health/sustainability, food- and health science. In the 2017 higher education intake, Kristianstad received the most applications of all university colleges in Sweden. Kristianstad University has positioned itself as a university that focuses on integrating theory and practice. Encounters with the private sector, public agencies and other organisations provide the education and research with added value. As the only university in Sweden, Kristianstad University offers a minimum of five-week work placement in all programmes in collaboration with various agencies, hospitals, elderly care, businesses and organisations in all programs. At graduation, the students are highly employable and prepared for the working life. Work-integrated learning is also a field of research and the multidisciplinary team of researchers study it from different theories and perspectives.
The university's research is conducted in close collaboration with the main programmes and in partnership with organisations and companies in order to ensure the research is relevant, innovative and implemented. The main areas of research are biosphere, health/sustainability, food- and health science.
There are currently five established research groups working with health-related subjects:
The university also offers education at advanced levels with Masters degrees in various health sciences such as education, psychology and specialist nursing (district nurses and care of elderly) as well as an international Master's degree in Integrative Health Science and Ph.D. in person-centred care.
Martin Persson is a Professor of Health Sciences at Kristianstad University, Sweden and a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol, England, United Kingdom. One of his primary research interests is working with individuals with visible differences or negative body image concerning psychosocial and public health aspects. He has extensive knowledge of working with socially disadvantaged groups across Europe as well as specialising in the methodological and pedagogical development of courses ranging from basic to advance level in psychology, public health and health education.
Martin has considerable experience in coordinating and managing over 40 international projects and has attracted over €11 million in funding to support activities in psychosocial, health and educational areas. He has a PhD in Medicine, Masters Degrees in Public Health and Psychology. His research is published in academic peer-review journals and over the last 16 years facilitated a variety of keynotes, lectures, workshops and symposiums for professionals, students and users in his areas of expertise in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. Currently, he is also the Chair of the EU COST Action CA16234 "European Cleft and Craniofacial Initiative for Equality in Care", a Horizon 2020 funded network of researchers and practitioners from 26 European countries.