Health Behaviors & Chronic Diseases

Mental Health

Societal Participation & Health

Global Health

This program recognizes that health behaviors are embedded in the conditions in which people are born, grow up, live, work and age, but also bear an individual component. Research is conducted in a variety of populations and a variety of public health settings.
To understand the entire spectrum of mental health, this program examines the development of (chronic) mental disorders, but also encompasses research on the determinants of mental well-being and good quality of life.
Research in this program will help to maintain and further improve societal participation of people with and without health problems. Full societal participation is becoming increasingly problematic for many people, warranting pragmatic, evidence-based solutions.
Global health is about worldwide health improvement, reduction of disparities, and protection against global threats that disregard national borders.

Aging & Later Life

Quality of Care

Personalized Medicine


This program aims to understand health changes in later life with interacting factors like medical conditions, physical functioning, and well-being. An integral part is about what constitutes good old age, on the limits of prevention and participation, and on the balance between prolonging life and maintaining wellbeing.
In the context of major changes in the healthcare system, research of this program aims to optimize quality of care for individuals and groups of patients, covering the complete life-cycle of people.
In this program the healthcare responsiveness to the cultural, ethnic, socio-economic, and psychological, metabolic and genomic diversity in the population is studied  to optimize prevention and treatment, including reduction of side-effects, by ‘tailoring’ to the diversity in individual characteristics.
The Methodology research program will develop, evaluate, implement and apply instruments and methods, in order to optimally facilitate health care innovations. Methodological research topics include elements of epidemiology, biostatistics, informatics and clinimetrics/psychometrics.