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Jessica Kiefte-de Jong

Assistant Professor

Dr. J.C. Kiefte-de Jong
+31 70 800 9473

Extension number: 8373


Jessica Kiefte-de Jong is an Assistant Professor in Global Public Health. Her research is focused on the role of nutrition and lifestyle and the risk of chronic diseases in different stages of life (eg. during pregnancy, childhood and adulthood). Her research projects are embedded in large ongoing population-based studies. Jessica received her MSc in Public Health Research and Nutrition from the VU University (The Netherlands). She obtained a PhD in Early Life Nutrition from the Sophia Children’s Hospital/Erasmus Medical Center (The Netherlands). Before joining LUC she was a visiting researcher at Harvard School of Public Health (USA) and a postdoctoral researcher in Nutrition and Health at the department of Epidemiology, Erasmus Medical Center. She is co-promotor of several PhD students in Erasmus MC and a lecturer at the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences (NIHES) were she teaches courses on nutrition and infectious diseases in developing countries, health promotion and the role of lifestyle in improving women’s health. At LUC she teaches courses on epidemiology, nutrition and health and prevention research and she is the convener of the Global Public Health major.

Academic Expertise

  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Lifecourse and nutritional epidemiology
  • Prevention of non-communicable diseases


  • Introduction to Epidemiology and Global Public Health
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Primary and Secondary Prevention Strategies
  • Maternal and Child Health

Assistant Professor

  • Faculty Governance and Global Affairs
  • Leiden University College

Work address

Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG Den Haag
Room number 4.34



  • Gezondheidsraad Commissielid 'Voedingsaanbevelingen voor zwangerschap en lactatie en kinderen tot 2 jaar'
  • Journal of Public Health Nutrition Associate editor
  • Academische Werkplaats Publieke Gezondheidszorg Noorderlijk Zuid Holland Opleidingscommissie

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