Graduate School

School CAPHRI, Care and Public Health Research Institute

CAPHRI is one of Maastricht University’s largest research institutes, with a focus on Healthcare Innovation and Public Health Research.  Our goal is simple. We aim to improve people’s health by performing the highest quality, multidisciplinary research across the complete healthcare chain, ranging from prevention and primary care to aftercare and rehabilitation. CAPHRI has attracted the top scientists from around the world to contribute to this mission.


CAPHRI’s research is organised in discipline-oriented Departments and research-lines. Our preferential departments include Epidemiology, Family Medicine, Health, Ethics and Society, Health Promotion, Health Services Research, International Health, Methodology & Statistics, Orthopaedic Surgery, Rehabilitation and Social Medicine.



As a PhD Graduate School CAPHRI facilitates talented Master graduates to obtain a PhD by offering high-quality supervision by committed researchers of CAPHRI. CAPHRI's PhD candidates work alongside research staff and are trained to look across traditional boundaries and make use of various scientific perspectives by learning from researchers of other departments, disciplines, institutes, universities and international scholars. The PhD trajectory results in a thesis and is awarded with a PhD degree from Maastricht University.

Research lines

  • Ageing and Long-Term Care
  • Creating Value-Based Health Care
  • Functioning and Rehabilitation
  • Inequity, Participation and Globalisation
  • Optimising Patient Care
  • Promoting Health & Personalised Care

Societal relevance

There are strong ties between CAPHRI, the University Hospital in Maastricht, and local care organizations in the province of Limburg, the EUregion, and beyond. Some of our staff members combine their clinical work at these institutes with doing research at CAPHRI, helping us to quickly find solutions for real-life problems in public health and healthcare.

  • europasterren

    How to make ethically responsible corona policy?

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

    Universitair hoofddocent Peter Schröder-Bäck onderzocht de gevolgen van de Europese schuldencrisis op onze gezondheid en geeft Europese beleidsmakers nu advies over ethisch handelen in onzekere tijden. 

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  • Doctor and elderly patient

    UM launches new specialty training programme in geriatric medicine

    Friday, April 17, 2020
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  • UM coordinates nationwide GP reporting system for untested COVID-19 deaths

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020
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  • COVID-19 prediction models

    Good prediction models for COVID-19 are urgently needed

    Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    Researcher Laure Wynants of Maastricht University is concerned about the present situation. Together with a group of international researchers, she assessed all previously available prediction models for the early detection and progression of COVID-19. ‘Most prediction models are currently not scientifically reliable enough to serve as a basis for medical decisions.’

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  • Corona virus

    Coronavirus outbreak highlights need for European Public Health programmes

    Thursday, March 5, 2020

    “If there is any proof needed that European Public Health is an important field, then the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 provides it.” As Professor of European Public Health and head of the Department of International Health at Maastricht University, Helmut Brand is closely connected to the unique bachelor’s and master’s programmes in European Public Health. We asked him and some of his students—future policy advisors, health officers and prevention specialists in public health—about their views on health policies during the coronavirus outbreak.

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  • Dutch smokers more aware of risks since launch of photo health warnings

    Monday, December 16, 2019

    Since the introduction of photos on the packaging of tobacco products in 2016, Dutch smokers have become more aware of the harmful effects of their addiction. This is the conclusion of PhD research by health scientist Dirk Jan van Mourik, who will be defending his thesis at Maastricht University on Tuesday.  

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  • Blokhuis Gezonde Basisschool

    Research into a national rollout of the Healthy Primary School of the Future

    Wednesday, November 20, 2019

    The healthy primary school is the future. This is evident from the choice of the municipalities of Brunssum, Heerlen, Sittard-Geleen and Maastricht to launch Healthy Primary School of the Future projects.

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  • Koning en minister

    King visits Blue Care pioneer site in Maastricht

    Monday, September 9, 2019

    King Willem-Alexander and Minister Bruins for healthcare and Sport made an unexpected visit to the initiatives of the Blue Care pioneer site in Maastricht on 4 September. 

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  • ‘Primary plus’ care is a strong alternative to hospital

    Thursday, July 11, 2019

    A major reduction in health care costs per patient and shorter waiting lists, plus an increase in patient satisfaction with no detrimental effects on health outcomes. These are the key results of a multi-year trial of an alternative to regular hospital care dubbed ‘primary plus’.

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  • Onno van Schayck

    Prof. Onno van Schayck nominated for 2019 Huibregtsen Prize

    Thursday, June 20, 2019

    Onno van Schayck, professor of preventive medicine at Maastricht University (UM), is one of the six nominees for the 2019 Huibregtsen Prize, which is awarded to recent Dutch research that is both scientifically innovative and socially relevant.

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Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+) logo

CAPHRI works in close cooperation with the Maastricht University Medical Center+ (MUMC+). MUMC+ is known both nationally and internationally for its focus on prevention and taking an integrated approach to health care: from prevention, promotion of good health, and basic care, to top-level clinical diagnostics and treatment. Patient safety is our top priority in all of our endeavours. MUMC+ is part of The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres.

School CAPHRI, Care and Public Health Research Institute