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Mirte Boelens

PhD Candidate
Mirte Boelens

Research group

Youth health care
Mirte Boelens

I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Public Health.

My research is about a  healthy development for children in a safe and supportive environment. I study deteterminants of health behavior and health outcomes. I also study how to improve a healthy development via local youth health policy (Promising Neighbourhoods project).

I  have MSc. in Nutrition and Health, specialisation Nutrition and public Health Epidemiology (Wageningen University and Research).





Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam
Internal post address Na-2401
P.O. Box 2040
3000 CA Rotterdam

Visitor address:

Erasmus MC
Dr. Molewaterplein 40
3015 GD Rotterdam

I supervise medical students with community projects (BSc. students) and with their thesis (MSc. students).

I lectured medical students how/when to give lifestyle prevention and psychological communication skills for coaching to BSc. medical students in 2021. I also lectured the course maternal and child health for NIHES MSc students in 2019.

  • Committee member Junior epidemiologists VvE (Werkgroep junior epidemiologen, Vereniging voor Epidemiologie): April 2021-present
  • Committee member/ chair of the science café (Wetenschapcafé): May 2020- present
  • Committee member Junior representatives of the department of public Health (Junior vertegenwoordigersoverleg/JVO): December 2018- Februari 2021

Publications list

Most relevant publications

Evaluation of the promising neighbourhoods community program to reduce health inequalities in youth: a protocol of a mixed-methods study

Boelens M, Windhorst DA, Jonkman H, Hosman CMH, Raat H, Jansen W

BMC Public Health

Associations of vitamin D deficiency with MRI markers of brain health in a community sample

Croll PH, Boelens M, Vernooij MW, van de Rest O, Zillikens MC, Ikram MA, Voortman T

Clin Nutr

Response letter to the editor: Associations of vitamin D deficiency with MRI markers of brain health in a community sample

Boelens M, Croll PH, Voortman T

Clin Nutr

Independent contributions of family and neighbourhood indicators of socioeconomic status and migrant status to risk of mental health problems in 4-12 year old children

Boelens M, Raat H, Yang-Huang J, Schouten GM, van Grieken A, Jansen W

SSM Popul Health

  • MSc. Nutrition and Health, specialisation Nutritional and Public Health Epidemiology (Wageningen University and Research) 2016-2018
  • BaSc.  Nutrition and Dietetics (Hanzehogeschool Groningen): 2012-2016
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