University Medical Center, Professor of Epidemiology and head of the department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics,
Organization: VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Brug received a Master of Science degree in human nutrition from Wageningen University and a Master of Science in Epidemiology from the Dutch Epidemiology Institute. He obtained his PhD (Public Health) at Maastricht University.
Johannes Brug is director of the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research and professor of epidemiology at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. The EMGO Institute’s mission is to initiate, conduct and report excellent research in public and occupational health, primary care, rehabilitation and long-term care. Brug is honorary professor at the School of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences of Deakin University, Melbourne Australia.
Brug worked for the Dutch TNO Nutrition Institute, the Dutch Cancer Society, the School of Social Sciences of the Netherlands Open University (as dean of education), for the Faculty of Health Sciences at Maastricht University (as professor of Nutrition Education and director of education), and for the Erasmus University Medical Center (as professor of Determinants of Population Health).
Brug’s main research interests are the development and evaluation of health education and health promotion interventions, with a special interest in behavioral nutrition and physical activity. His research covers the scope from studies on the determinants of health behaviors, small-scale experimentation with innovative health education interventions, and larger-scale field experiments in which the efficacy and external validity of health promoting interventions are tested. Brug is or has been a member of the grant panels of the World Cancer Research Fund, the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development’s prevention program, and (as vice chair) healthful nutrition program, and the Netherlands Heart Foundation’s epidemiology and prevention program. Brug is a past president of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. He was a member of the Netherlands Health Council committees on obesity, on health promotion campaigns, and on the association between obesity prevention and eating disorders. Brug is the editor of the Dutch handbook on health education and health promotion, and a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Journal of Health Promotion. He co-authored more than 200 international scientific publications. Brug is coordinator of two European Commission framework program projects on obesity prevention across Europe.