Health Equity & Universal Health Coverage
At the start of the 21st century profound health inequities persist globally between countries and between social groups within countries. The Department of Public Health and the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management are internationally renowned for their health inequalities research. Prof. dr. Johan Mackenbach (Dept. Public Health, head of department) and Prof. dr. Eddy van Doorslaer (Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management) are authorities in international comparative health inequalities research. Dr. Tanja AJ Houweling has led large projects on universal health coverage and socio-economic health inequalities in the early phases of life (pregnancy and childhood) worldwide. Their groups have done extensive research on the factors that contribute to health inequalities, on how to reach poor and vulnerable groups, and on how to reduce health inequalities (see also Programme Evaluation). Dr. Igna Bonfrer, currently leading the Global Health Economics group at the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, is involved in projects on the evaluation of health care financing reforms on the path towards UHC in several African countries.