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.

  • Talking to prevent addiction

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

    Having in-depth conversations with young people can help prevent problems associated with cannabis use.

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  • Prof. Maurice Zeegers appointed scientific director of School CAPHRI

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

    The board of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University has appointed Professor Maurice Zeegers as the new scientific director of CAPHRI, the School for Public Health and Primary Care of Maastricht University.

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      On 20 June Birgit Heckemann will defend her thesis "Patient and visitor aggression in general hospitals: an analysis of perspectives and strategies at staff, team and management level". Minderbroedersberg 4-6, Maastricht.

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      RT @MaastrichtUMC: Landelijke congres: "Taakherschikking in de Nederlandse gezondheidszorg: de experimenteerfase voorbij". 30 augustus 2018…

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    • VWS trekt miljoenen uit voor wetenschappelijk onderzoek langdurige ouderenzorg via @medischcontact

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      Congratulations to Kei Long Cheung who defended his PhD thesis on the use of an economic decision support tool in the context of tobacco control and was awarded the distinction cum laude! Find more information about his thesis here:

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    • Tomorrow 15 June at 10.00hrs Jeanne Dirks will defend her thesis titled 'The chlamydia trachomatic bacterial load'. Minderboedersberg 4-6.

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      RT @CAPHRI_UM: Meet @CAPHRI_UM at the Science Day MUMC+

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      Meet @CAPHRI_UM at the Science Day MUMC+

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    • Het @MinVWS heeft besloten om de zes Samenwerkende Academische Netwerken Ouderenzorg (SANO) structurele financiering te verlenen. Goed nieuws dus voor @OuderenzorgZlim waar onderzoekers en zorgverleners samen werken aan een betere ouderenzorg.

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    • On 14 June at 16.00hrs Kei Long Cheung will defend his thesis titled 'Improving the use of an economic decision support tool in the context of tobacco control:Prerequisites for the development of a support tool for economic decision making'.

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