Franciscus Cobelens

(Principal Investigator), Prof. MD MSc PhD

1990 …2024

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Personal profile

Research interests

Epidemiology and control of poverty-related infectious diseases, in particular tuberculosis.

My scientific interest is in infectious diseases in resource-poor populations, specifically in multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to problems at the interface of their biomedical aspects, their socioeconomic context and control policy. I combine classical epidemiology with operational research and cost-effectiveness modeling.

My recent work focuses on tuberculosis and includes TB diagnostics, prediction of TB disease, TB vaccines and evaluation of novel interventions for TB control. My work strongly links to global policy, among others through participation in several WHO expert panels and advisory boards.


Global Health, infectious disease epidemiology, tuberculosis, diagnostics, vaccines, evaluation of complex interventions

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Epidemiology of travel-related infections, University of Amsterdam

Award Date: 2 Feb 2002

Master, Communicable Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Award Date: 10 Sept 1996

Master, Doctor of Medicine, University of Amsterdam

Award Date: 15 Jul 1987

External positions

Chair, Executive Board, Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development

1 Jan 2016 → …


  • RZ Other systems of medicine
  • Health in resource-poor settings
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine

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