The Amsterdam Public Health research institute (APH) forms an important link between intramural clinical care, scientific research, and the extramural care practice in the metropolitan area Amsterdam. Much research performed within APH has the potential to have a direct impact on the society and in practice.

Mission and vision

Health for all, powered by science

Our strategic plan exudes our credo to continuously produce knowledge in line with societal challenges, healthcare transformations and shifting expectations of civilians, and to effectively harness this knowledge for the public health practice and elsewhere. We consider strong ties between research, practice, and education as crucial conditions for an effective translation of public health research to the society. With our partners inside and outside of the academic world we stimulate state-of-the-art research that contributes to the ever growing health potential of individuals and communities throughout life. This is embedded within our mission: Public Health: health for all, powered by science.

Think globally, act locally

We emphasize engaging in new and strengthening existing relationships that contribute to promoting public health for the people of the Amsterdam region. Located in Amsterdam, we witness substantial challenges in terms of public health in our direct surroundings. Amsterdam is one of the biggest cities of Europe and holds an important regional role. Research in the context of Amsterdam is therefore also relevant to other metropolitan areas. The urban context of our research institute offers a large and rich diverse living lab that not only can inspire new research questions and ideas, but also promote the understanding of effective implementation and dissemination among local stakeholders in the field of public health. Think globally, act locally, by testing what is learned elsewhere and by spreading what we learn in Amsterdam across the rest of the world.

APH Strategic plan 2020-2023

In our new strategic plan we explicitly aim to translate and implement our scientific knowledge into local practice and society. Our focus is on responsive health care from a societal perspective, using multidisciplinary approaches. The many cohort studies in APH cover populations across the whole lifespan as well as new and vulnerable groups and will be of great value in this effort. Moreover, many longstanding collaborations with societal partners support relevance and implementation of our research findings.


The APH research institute is leaded by APH Board of Directors consisting three members representing both locations of Amsterdam UMC and the Faculties of Behavioural and Movement Sciences and Bèta Sciences of VU Amsterdam. Daily operation of the research institute are delegated to the APH Support staff. The organizational structure of the research institute is depicted in the organogram.

APH Board of Directors

Prof. M.C. (Martine) de Bruijne, MD, PhD, Director


Dr. D.S. (Dionne) Kringos, Vice Director, PhD, Vice Director


Prof. C. (Carlo) Schuengel, PhD, Vice Director


APH Support staff

Evelien de Boer, MA MBA, Manager

Portret of Anneke Bottelier, Secretary

Anneke Bottelier, Secretary

Portret of Danielle van der Laan, PhD, Policy Officer

Danielle van der Laan, PhD, Policy Officer

Portret of GeertjeMarije Takkenberg, Communication & design

GeertjeMarije Takkenberg, Advisor Communication & Design

Portret Seta Jahfari, PhD, Project leader Research Quality

Seta Jahfari, PhD, Project leader Research Quality

Portret of Simone van der Riet, MSc, Management assistant

Simone van der Riet, MSc, Program secretary & Management assistant

Youssef el Ghouch

Youssef el Ghouch, BSc, Management assistant

External Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board provides guidance on the overall strategy of the research institute including the viability of existing research programs or the need for new research programs. Members were selected on their administrative, academic and/or policy experience deemed relevant to the adopted broad definition of Public Health research. Members have no direct interest in the research institute.

Name Affiliation and function
Drs. M.J.J. (Marith) Volp Director Public Health and Health Services at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
Drs. H.J. (Bert) van der Hoek Chair of the Board of Trimbos Institute
Prof. R.C.M.E. (Rutger) Engels Rector Magnificus at Erasmus University; member in a personal capacity
Prof. L.J. (Louise) Gunning-Schepers University of Amsterdam, Professor of Health and Society; former chair of the Dutch National Science Agenda (NWA); member in a personal capacity
Prof. J.A. (André) Knottnerus Former chair of the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR); emeritus Professor of General Practice and Primary Care at Maastricht University; member in a personal capacity
Dr. H. (Herman) Kroneman Medical Advisor at Employee Insurance Agency (UWV)
Dr. H. (Henriette) Treurniet Director of the Netherlands School of Public and Occupational Health (NSPOH)
Drs. D.A. (Dianda) Veldman Director of Netherlands Patients Federation
Drs. P. (Paul) van der Velpen Advisor Bureau Public Health; Former Director of the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam); member in a personal capacity

Partners & collaborations

Collaborations with strategic partners are essential elements in the research institute for reaching its goals. These partners can be found at different levels. The coming years we will strengthen existing strategic alliances and support new ones, with a focus on urban health in the Amsterdam region. We can exploit both our research and the position of Amsterdam internationally, by participating in international initiatives of which we can apply the knowledge during the project and afterwards into local practice.

Lis of logos from APH partners

A successful strategy for bringing together researchers and field partners are the Academic Collaborative Centers (‘Academische Werkplaatsen’). These are close collaborations in research, training and practice, based on long-term contractual agreements, between researchers, practitioners and managers.


Annual review APH 2019 (under construction)