• Universitetsvej 1, 27.2

    DK-4000 Roskilde


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Personal profile


Maarten van Wijhe is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Science and Environment at Roskilde University, Denmark. Since childhood he knew he wanted to study infectious diseases. He followed his interests and in 2013 obtained his Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, specializing in epidemiology. 

After as short break he started on a PhD track at the University of Groningen in the summer of 2013 following one of my main interests: vaccinations. His PhD focused on estimating the historical impact vaccination programmes in terms of mortality and disease averted. Over the next couple of years he and his colleagues managed to compile a large amount of data on infectious disease occurrence, mortality, vaccination coverage, and government expenses on vaccination programmes in the Netherlands. In 2018 he successfully defended his PhD research (Cum Laude).

His research still focusses on infectious disease modelling, with a strong emphasis on historical epidemics and vaccine-preventable diseases. At Roskilde University Denmark Maarten enjoys supervising students and deepening his interest in outbreaks of infectious diseases and extending this to big data problems. He also has a position at Statens Serum Institute, Denmark where he is a researcher in the REspiratory Syncitial virus Consortium in EUrope (RESCEU) that aims to develop evidence on RSV disease burden.


Education/Academic qualification

Epidemiology, PhD, University of Groningen


Epidemiology, MSc, Radboud University Nijmegen


External positions

Post doctoral fellow - RESCEU, Statens Serum Institut

1 Feb 201831 Dec 2019


  • Health, Medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Statistics
  • Disease Burden Modeling
  • Historical Epidemiology

Publication network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2016 2019

  • 9 Journal article

Are expensive vaccines the best investment in lower-middle income countries?

Simonsen, L., Wijhe, M. V. & Taylor, R. J., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : The Lancet Global Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

De publieke gezondheid impact van vaccinatieprogramma’s in Nederland. Een historische analyse van sterfte, ziekte, en kosten.

Wijhe, M. V., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Tijdschrift voor Infectieziekten.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleCommissionedpeer-review

Disease burden of varicella versus other vaccine-preventable diseases before introduction of vaccination into the National Immunisation Programme in the Netherlands

van Lier, A., de Gier, B., McDonald, S. A., Mangen, M. J., Wijhe, M. V., Sanders, E. A. M., Kretzschmar, M. E., van Vliet, H. & De Melker, H. E., 31 Dec 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Eurosurveillance.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Estimating the Population-Level Effectiveness of Vaccination Programs in the Netherlands

Wijhe, M. V., McDonald, S. A., de Melker, H. E., Postma, M. J. & Wallinga, J., 2018, In : Epidemiology. 29, 2, p. 215-223 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Loose Ends in the Epidemiology of the 1918 Pandemic: Explaining the Extreme Mortality Risk in Young Adults

Wijhe, M. V., Ingholt, M. M., Andreasen, V. & Simonsen, L., 6 Sep 2018, In : American Journal of Epidemiology. 187, 12, p. 2503–2510 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2018 2019

  • 3 Lecture and oral contribution

Een blik terug - De effecten van meer dan een halve eeuw vaccineren

Maarten van Wijhe (Speaker)
18 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

Impact of vaccination programmes in the Netherlands

Maarten van Wijhe (Speaker)
22 Feb 201823 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

Press / Media

Forsker Maarten van Wijhe jagter epidemier gennem computerdata

Maarten van Wijhe


1 item of media coverage

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De cijfers liegen niet

Maarten van Wijhe


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Vaccineren redt levens [vaccinating saves lives]

Maarten van Wijhe


1 item of media coverage

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