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Prof Dr. Ir. A. Burdorf
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Current position

Professor in Determinants of Public Health

at the Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, P.O. Box 2040, 3000 CA  Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Current position - specific activities:

  • Responsible for research programme in occupational health in several areas: cost-effectiveness of occupational health programmes, musculoskeletal disorders, ageing workforce and sustainable employability, asbestos, and environmental exposure and reproductive disorders (www.erasmusmc.nl/mgz).
  • Responsible for research programmes in social epidemiology and health behaviour (www.erasmusmc.nl/mgz)
  • Co-founder and board of directors of national Center for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (www.kenniscentrumakb.nl)


Educational background




University of Wageningen, The Netherlands, Specialization Occupational Hygiene (MSc.)




PhD-Thesis: Assessment of postural load on the back in occupational epidemiology.




Registered Epidemiologist




Registered Occupational Hygienist

Professional experience

1985-1986  Research Assistant Safety Science Group, Technical University Delft, The Netherlands
Research projects: occupational hygiene aspects of exposure to asbestos; health effects of exposure to vibration.

1986 till now   Erasmus University, The Netherlands
Research projects: exposure assessment of postural load on the back in epidemiologic studies; health effects of exposure to vibration; control measures of exposure to vibration; recognition of workers with CNSLD in early stages; asbestos; cost-effectiveness of interventions in occupational health.

1992-1993      Visiting scientist Department of Occupational Medicine,

                       Sahlgren Hospital Gtenborg Sweden

1996               Visiting scientist Liberty Mutual Research Center for Safety

                       and Health, Hopkinton, Massachusetts, USA

1996               Visiting scientist Harvard School of Public Health,

                       Department of Occupational and Environmental Health,

                       Boston, Massachusetts, USA

1994-1998      Visiting scientist Department of Epidemiology at

                       University of Wageningen, Netherlands


Scientific journals

Board of Editors of Annals of Occupational Hygiene

Associate Editor Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health

Editorial Board BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders