Senior Research Fellow
Lennert is a public health physician by training. He works as Senior Research Fellow at the SPH Centre for Burden of Disease and Cost-Effectiveness since 2007. Lennert specialises in the mathematical modelling of the effects of preventive interventions. Current areas of work include the cost-effectiveness of obesity prevention, osteoporosis prevention, school fruit programmes and urban infrastructural improvements that aim to stimulate physical activity, the health impact of physical activity and the link between food advertising and childhood obesity.
Lennert finished his medical studies at the Free University Amsterdam in 1999. During his studies he was active in the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations, which he presided in 1995-96. After a brief clinical intermezzo he started his public health career in the medical service for asylum-seekers. From 2002 to March 2007 he worked at the department of Public Health of the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, where he successfully defended his PhD-thesis on quantitative methods for health impact assessment in September 2007. Lennert is an Associate Editor of BMC Public Health and deputy Research Higher Degree coordinator in the School of Population Health.