Researcher biography

Dr Veerman leads the Burden of Disease and Cost-Effectiveness unit at UQ's School of Public Health. He is a Dutch-trained public health physician with passion for healthy physical, economic, social and natural environments. He has published on a broad range of topics including obesity and other risk factors for chronic disease, philosophy of science, mathematical modelling, genetic screening and the epidemiology of depression. His PhD at the Erasmus University Rotterdam focused on the role of quantitative predictions of health effects in Health Impact Assessment. Upon moving to Australia in 2007, he expanded the scope of his work to include economics, and now has a strong profile in epidemiological modelling, burden of disease studies, and the cost-effectiveness of prevention.

Dr Veerman gives direction to an expanding programme of work in the area of physical activity, diet, and body mass, leading a team of 3 economists and two public health researchers. Most of this work involves collaboration with other research groups across Australia and overseas, and with sectors other than health care; sectors that are key to improving population exposure to many of the major determinants of health.

Dr Veerman is also a highly skilled educator, and his current roles include that of Program Director for the School of Public Health's flagship Master in Public Health program.

Featured projects Duration
Combining Metrics for One Health
Grand Challenges Exploration
20132015
Improving retention rates in the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service
NHMRC Partnership Projects
20152017

Areas of research