We help develop the future of healthcare  

The healthcare professional of the future needs new skills and knowledge. Our research centers develops new knowledge in cooperation with professional practice and partners around the world.

Our research centres

VIA Ageing and Dementia
The research centre studies dementia, healthy ageing and palliative care.

We carry out research in collaboration with clinical practice, students and organisations.

Our research areas include:


  • The relationship between social relationships and physical health.
  • The transition between the hospital and one’s own residence.
  • The municipal preparedness for dealing with the elderly in their own homes
  • Involvement of the elderly in their own treatment and care
  • Welfare technology and digitalization of welfare services to the elderly.
  • Development of health professionals’ skills


  • Social and multi-disciplinary methods in nursing, care and treatment of people with dementia.
  • Relative’s life situation and opportunities for involvement
  • An active life with dementia – physically and socially
  • Reminiscence - memories

Palliative Care

  • Professional skills in the care of people with incurable illnesses
  • A coherent palliative patient process
  • National guidelines for palliative skills in the education of health professionals

For more information about the centre, please contact:

Kirsten Maibom,
Head of Research Centre
T: +45 87 55 17 02
E: kmai@via.dk

VIA Health and Society
The research programmes looks at health and illness from a societal perspective.

The programmes is open to all faculty and includes research projects in the following areas:

Prevention and health promotion

We support projects on prevention and health promotion in citizen-focused healthcare. We look at the intersection between the citizen and the state.

Inequality in health

We study the relationship between habits, living conditions and lifestyle.

For more information about the programme, please contact:

Karen Annette Paaske, Head of programme, Associate Professor, PhD
T: + 45 87 55 13 20
E: kpa@via.dk

VIA Health & Welfare Technology
We look at how technology affect patients and health professionals.

The research centre studies the effects of technology on patients, relatives and healthcare professionals and develops new technology in cooperation with private industry.

We carry out research within the following areas:

Prevention of hospital admissions or re-admissions

There are significant human and economic costs connected to inappropriate admissions or re-admissions to the hospital. We work with doctors, municipalities and hospitals to investigate how re-admissions can be prevented. We look at:

  • The use of big (health) data
  • Home monitoring
  • Early detection

Everyday life with health technology

Citizens with disabilities need assistive devices that make them more self-reliant.. Technological solutions can improve everyday life by compensating for physical, psychological and cognitive challenges. But what is daily life like for people who use this technology? And can technology improve working environments for healthcare professionals and welfare workers? We look at:

  • Improving design methods for the development of assistive devices
  • Improving healthcare technology in connection with acute, long-term or chronic illness
  • Using technology after brain damage or other neurological disorders
  • How relatives of users of healthcare technology experience everyday life.

Improving transitions in healthcare

Patients are being discharged from hospital earlier than before, creating a need to organize the healthcare sector in new ways. This can mean that patients are treated in their own homes, using assistive devices. Working procedures and conditions for healthcare professionals should be adapted in order to utilise resources in the best possible way and provide quality-assured care.

For more information about the centre, please contact:

René Dybdal, Head of Center, PhD
T: +45 87 55 29 74
E: redp@via.dk

VIA Healthcare Education
The research programmes creates innovation in healthcare education.

The programme supports projects that look at innovative ways to educate healthcare professionals of the future. Among other things, we look at didactics and e-learning.

Research areas include:

Opportunities and limits for learning

We support analyses of the opportunities and limits of human learning and development. We look at the embedding of opportunities and limits in societal and political structures and processes on a local, national and global level.

Healthcare education

We explore teaching and counselling practices in healthcare education.

For more information about the programme, please contact:

Jette Henriksen, Head of Programme, Associate Professor, PhD
T: +45 87 55 22 63
E: jhen@via.dk

VIA Health Promotion & Rehabilitation
The research centre looks at how patients participate in everyday life.

We adopt a broad approach to health promotion and prevention. We look at how behaviour, psychology and social factors affect illness and health.

Among our areas of research are:

Health promotion in the welfare state

  • Intervention with training of youth aged 10-17
  • Health centres – a meeting point for citizens and advanced healthcare
  • Health capital – health as a social resource

Rehabilitation, illness and daily life

  • Self-control, motivation and habits
  • Life with Parkinson’s Disease after deep brain stimulation
  • Walking analysis of sclerosis patients
  • Development of rehabilitation in the welfare state in the period 1960-2013
  • Opportunities and challenges in a life with sclerosis
  • Inspiratory muscle training in patients with COPD
  • The psychological repercussions of breast cancer treatment

For more information about the centre, please contact:

Dorthe Sørensen, Head of Research Center, PhD
T: +45 21 49 07 64
E: dsor@via.dk

VIA Pationology
The research programme supports projects that study patients' perspectives on health professionals.

The programme supports research into the lives of people with disability and disease. We look at the perspective of patients and relatives as well as subjects relevant to how we educate healthcare professionals for the future.

Perspectives on life with illness or disability

The programme supports projects about patients', citizens' and relatives’ perspectives on illness and disability in meeting healthcare professionals.

We look at the individual as a recipient of healthcare services in all phases of life with an illness. This includes prevention, health promotion, rehabilitation and transitions between healthcare sectors.

For more information about the research programme, please contact:

Anita Haahr, Programme Coordinator, Associate Professor, PhD
T: +45 87 55 20 21
E: anih@via.dk