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Public Health in Sweden and Swedish America

This guide is for anyone looking to conduct research about public health and health workers in Sweden and in communities of Swedish immigrants in the United States

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This guide is for anyone looking to conduct research about public health and health workers in Sweden and in communities of Swedish immigrants in the United States. 

The Swenson Center is located at Augustana College and is a national and international research center for the study of Swedish-American history and relations.

Public Health in Sweden and Swedish America

Keywords / Search terms:

Here are some search terms to try in the library catalog or other search areas. Using the asterisk (*) is a wildcard option, that will return variations on a search term. For example, medic* will bring up medical, medicine, medics, etc.

  • Health
  • Hygiene
  • Public health
  • Nurs*
  • Medic*
  • Illness
  • Doctor
  • Evelyn Hultgren

Note: a search for “Evelyn Hultgren” will display results for the nursing and healthcare related books that were owned by this donor while she was a nursing student at Lutheran Hospital School for Nurses in Moline, Illinois (class of 1931).

Possible research questions:

  • How can we compare healthcare between Sweden and Swedish America in a given era?
  • Who participated in public health services, and what were their contributions?
  • What were common health concerns in Swedish immigrant communities in a given era?
  • What were the challenges of maintaining and providing health services in Swedish immigrant communities in the United States?
  • How were healthcare and education connected in Swedish American immigrant communities?