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Mr Herman Van Oyen PhD

Scientific Director

Prof. Dr. Herman Van Oyen studied at the Department of Epidemiology, The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland and obtained the degree of Doctor of Public Health (Dr.PH) in 1990. The doctoral research focused on epidemiologic methodological questions and was entitled “Cardiovascular disease in the elderly. Associations with body mass”. Prior to the doctoral degree he obtained a Master of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland in 1987.  His basic training is in medicine (Doctor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics, Faculty of Medicine, State University, Gent, Belgium, 1981) and tropical medicine (Diploma of Tropical Medicine, Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerpen, Belgium, 1981).

Herman Van Oyen is director of the Scientific Directorate Epidemiology and public health and is visiting professor (10% appointment research/education) at UGent, Department of Public Health. His current research focus on

  1. health information, leading the EU project InfAct (Information for  Action)
  2.  translational research, supervising a Marie-Curie postdoctoral project: BACHI (Bringing a Health Claim to Information)
  3. composite health measures such as health expectancies (Healthy Life Years (HLY)
  4. ageing
  5. disability process and
  6. epidemiologic and survey methods.

Herman Van Oyen is Editor-in-Chief of Archives of Public Health and Editor of International Journal of Public Health.

Herman Van Oyen is member of several board, a.o. the College of the Belgian Superior Health Council, where he chairs the workgroup Public Health Genomics.

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