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How to find us prof. dr. J. (Joke) Fleer
University Medical Center Groningen

prof. dr. J. Fleer

Talent track professor in Health Psychology, focused on stress management and personal development in (PhD) students

Faculty of Medical Sciences/UMCG

Head of SCOPE, the UMCG center of expertise for personal development

In 2019 I founded SCOPE, together with Margreet Smit. SCOPE is a center of expertise that focuses on developing courses and workshops aimed at personal development for all students of the UMCG, from bachelor to PhD to residents.
As head I am responsible for the development and implementation of the teaching activities of SCOPE. For more information see:

University broad

Coordinator interfaculty minor 'More Healthy Years: Current Challenges in Public Health'

Our health is largely determined by the conditions under which we live, for instance consider the impact of our living situation on how we eat - (un) healthy food, overfeeding, salt use, or we smoke and how much we move. Due to the large differences in lifestyle between individuals and communities, there are major health differences between people. As a society we aim for more healthy life years for more people. Such an ambition will not be achieved by investing primarily in curative healthcare. A more prevention-oriented Public Health approach is desirable. The Public Health discipline focuses on preventing disease, extending life expectancy and promoting public health through collective measures. The importance of a prevention-oriented approach to complex Public Health issues is increasingly being recognized, also within the University of Groningen (UoG). Healthy aging is one of the main focus areas of the UoG and the UMCG and the topic clearly lives among faculties and students. Various faculties have already organized education in which Public Health issues are highlighted from their own field. However, characteristic of Public Health issues is that they are complex issues that you can not solve from a single discipline, but require knowledge from multiple disciplines. We bring this knowledge together within the AJSPH. We would like to share this knowledge with the UoG students, so that they gain insight into the Public Health challenges we face as a society, but also to make them aware of the need for a multidisciplinary approach to solving such issues and to to provide them with methods to solve complex problems.
As a coordinator, I am responsible for this minor. For more information see: 

Last modified:28 May 2021 11.16 p.m.

Contact information

Antonius Deusinglaan 1
9713 AV Groningen
The Netherlands

UMCG, Health Psychology, de Brug 5.12

Job title:
Associate Professor
Working hours:
Mon. Tues. Weds. 09:00 - 17:30; Thu. Fri. 9:00-13:00