Deputy Director

IGHD

Tel: 0131 474 0000

After finalizing his medical studies (1985), Pol De Vos obtained a postgraduate degree in Tropical Medicine and International Health at the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Belgium.

After a short period of family medicine in Belgium, he started working in the public health system of Nicaragua, under the Sandinista government, from 1986 to1991.

He obtained a Masters in Public Health degree at ITM in 1992, and started working at ITM, where he played a pivotal role in an 18 years collaboration between ITM, Belgium and the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Havana, Cuba. A joint research program was developed within the Cuban health services. Based on that experience, Pol De Vos defended his PhD on the Cuban health system in 2010.

During this period, Pol De Vos also engaged in short term research and teaching activities in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and Algeria, and participated in teaching activities in Bolivia, South-Africa, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Morocco.

In 2014, Pol De Vos was coordinating postgraduate courses of Tropical Medicine and International Health (for Masters and for Bachelors), and the Master in Public Health / International Health (accredited in the Troped Network). He taught public health, health systems, health services development, and international and global health policies.

  • Research Interests

Research Overview:

Pol refers to the importance of civil society organizations and their role in furthering active participation in health, from a right to health perspective.

 

Active research interests:

public health, health systems, health services development, and international and global health policies