We are curious about worldwide health. This is why we study the major factors that influence the health of individuals and populations worldwide. So we can answer the questions that matter.

For instance about the importance of ethnicity in studying diabetes. About the risks of tuberculosis these days. Or what the effect of poverty on health is. We do this so we can help change or create laws or implement new cure and care strategies.

Our main fields of research interest concern public health topics in:

  • Prevention of chronic diseases and its complications
  • Global maternal and child health
  • Public-health cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Global prevention of drug-related complications
  • Health issues in minority groups
  • Prevention of infectious diseases and anti-microbial resistance

A large impact on humanity and society

We are part of UMCG’s research institute SHARE and aligned with them we highly value societal impact at all levels: regional, national but mostly international. We design projects based on issues that emerge in practice, execute them in close connection with practice/societal partners and communicate the results with these parties. Clear examples are our projects on vaccinations at national and international levels with high media coverage and a direct impact on parliaments and vaccination policies. Also, our SUNI SEA project is illustrative, performed within close collaboration with societal partners in Indonesia, Myanmar, and Vietnam as well the international Help Age organisation.


Ilse van Zandvoort Secretary Global Health

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