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The organisational structure consists of an Executive Board, the Secretariat, Communication and eight departments.

The Executive Board

The Executive Board includes the Director General and the Deputy Directors General. The Executive Board is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Danish Health Authority. 

Director General: Jonas Egebart



Preparedness and infectious diseases is responsible for the national health emergency plan, the Danish childhood immunisation programme and other tasks related to the prevention of infectious and communicable diseases. 

Director: Kirstine Moll Harboe, kmha@sst.dk


Evidence-based medicine is in charge of the national clinical guidelines, screening programmes, and rational pharmacotherapy as well as organ donation.

Director Maria Herlev Ahrenfeldt, maha@sst.dk

Education is responsible for the administration and development of the quality of the training for specialist doctors and dentists and further training for nurses. The department also processes applications for experimental treatments and highly specialised treatment abroad.

Director: Claus Malta Nielsen, clmn@sst.dk


Elderly and Dementia is responsible for rehabilitation, prevention and support for the elderly who have or are at risk of functional loss. A major focus area is to strengthen and ensure consistency between healthcare and social care efforts for senior citizens and people with dementia.

Director: Mads Biering la Cour, mbco@sst.dk


Health Promotion and inequality handles tasks in public health and general prevention with health promotion iniatives, including alcohol, tobacco, physical activity, nutrition, sexual health, mental health, drugs, environmental medicine, inequality in health, pregnancy and maternity and healthcare.

Director: Niels Sandø-Pedersen, nsa@sst.dk


Hospital Planning focuses on ensuring the highest possible patient care quality and plans the overall framework for public health-related services and hospitals. 

Director: Agnete Vale Nielsen, agvn@sst.dk


Primary Healthcare handles tasks regarding the health services provided by municipalities and practitioners, as well as the cancer and heart disease areas. An important focus area is to support and promote coherence and quality in the municipalities' health services as well as to strengthen cross-sectoral cooperation. The department is also responsible for the health agreements between regions, municipalities and specialist services.

Director: Tanja M. Popp, tmpo@sst.dk


Radiation Protection undertakes all regulatory functions and statutory duties related to radiation protection – wherever ionising radiation exists, is used or produced. 

Director: Kresten Breddam, krb@sst.dk



Accounting and administration is responsible for accounting, administratio and management information as regards the entire Ministry for the Interior and Health.

Director Michael Andersen, mica@sst.dk


Communication is responsible for the Authority's internal and external communication, including inquiries from the press, social media, website, visual identity, campaigns, etc.

Director Tine Heide Thomsen, tiht@sst.dk


The Secretariat provides administrative support to the Executive Board and the entire organisation.

Director: Søs Holm Schack

Updated 05 MAR 2024