The Department of Health Sciences was founded in 2003 to support the Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science programs started in 2002 at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.
These programs have now been fully developed with an influx of between 150 and 200 new students starting every year. The programs are good examples of an academic training at the crossroads of many disciplines. Tuition and research are provided by academic staff of the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, the Faculty of Psychology and Education, and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
The research program of the Department of Health Sciences has been established in close collaboration with the Institute for Extramural Research (EMGO Institute) of the Vrije Universiteit Medical Center.
There are eight sections:
- Youth and Lifestyle (Prof. Jaap Seidell)
- Health Economics (Dr. Xander Koolman)
- Health Technology Assessment (Dr. Judith Bosmans)
- Prevention and Public Health (Prof. Ingrid Steenhuis)
- Nutrition and Health (Prof. Marjolein Visser)
- Infectious Diseases (Dr. Maiza Campos Poncé)
- Methodology and Applied Biostatistics (Dr. Lothar Kuijper)
- Musculoskeletal Disorders (Prof. Raymond Ostelo)
The Sections activities are devoted to public health. The definition of public health we use is "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts and informed choices of society, organisations, public and private, communities and individuals”.
The Department has the following structure:
Director of the Department: Prof. Ingeborg Brouwer
Department Manager: G.A. (Diana) de Rooy- Rijlaarsdam
Programme Director Bachelor and Premaster Gezondheidswetenschappen: Dr. Lothar Kuijper
Coordinator Bachelor's Programme: Dr. Laura Schaap
Programme Director Master Health Science: Dr. Margreet Olthof
Coordinator Master’s Programme: Judith Neter
Management Assistants: Heleen Heijstee, Jozien Vedder and Anja Bakker