Nynke Halbesma

Programme Co-Director online MPH | Co-Director of Students for Deanery of Molecular Genetic and Population Health Sciences


I have over ten years’ experience in quantitative research in the field of renal and cardiovascular epidemiology.  I started my research in this field during my PhD at the University in Groningen, the Netherlands before taking up a post-doc position at the Leiden University Medical Centre focusing on aethiological research focusing on pre-dialyses and dialysis patients. Since moving to Edingburgh in 2012 I have contributed to several reseach projects. I have been on a second at the Scottish Government to set-up a data-linkage for out-of hospital cardiac arrests in Scotland. I am still involved in this ongoing research asn supervising a PhD student working in this research area. In 2016,  I have been awarded a British Heart Foundation Fellowship. During this fellowship I have undertaken research using routine data and UK Biobank data to look at cardiovascular risk in patients with renal disease.  Since September 2022 I am co-directing the successful Master of Public Health online programme, an APHEA (Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation) accredited MPH programme at the Usher Institute.


PhD - Risk factors for accelerated renal function loss in the general population (PREVEND study) (University of Groningen).  MSc – Clinical Epidemiology( Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). MSc Biology (University of Groningen)